Spain and Latin America Tips & Travel Stories | Pura Aventura
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Jun
2018
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7 Adventures to have this Winter

An adventure is much more than just a trip, it’s a journey undertaken for purpose of exploration. It’s a way to experience the world in a new way and challenge yourself, break out of your shell, or conquer your fears. This is our pick of seven adventures in South America and Spain to consider during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter. We hope it inspires you… Camping out in Antarctica Yes, you read that right. Should you...
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19
Jun
2018
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Pura Aventura hosts a Peru and Galápagos evening

On Thursday June 14th, Pura Aventura hosted an evening for our clients in Belgrave Square, London. The event focused on the people and the wildlife of Peru and the Galápagos Islands, and how to protect and benefit these destinations via sensitive and intelligent tourism. We were delighted to have a packed theatre and to see that our clients enjoyed a party as much as ever: our chosen venue had a lovely garden so guests were...
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18
Jun
2018
30

Luisina joins the Pura team

Time to introduce you to Luisina Caro, as she joined the team in April. Luisina is our newest travel specialist, and is here to help design the best trip for you. Originally from Argentina, Luisina’s path to our Brighton office has had many stopovers. Indeed, Luisina has a very lively story. She grew up in a small village in the north of Cordoba province, in the heart of Argentina, and intended to study medicine, but...
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10
Jun
2018
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Our Selection of Spanish Family Ski Resorts for 2019

The Pyrenees constitute a huge area with endless possibilities for winter sports. The Spanish side, is maybe less known but it boasts sixteen resorts offering skiers everything they could require: amazing slopes, an attractive array of après ski activities and services. For those who already know the Spanish Pyrenees, they will certainly stick with the most known and obviously overcrowded resorts that are Formigal and Baqueria/Beret. But we thought you might like to know about...
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6
Jun
2018
18

Spain’s Medieval Markets

Would you like to travel back in time? Then Spain’s medieval markets are the place for you. Especially common during the Summer, every year many Spanish towns and villages reenact part of their history and culture during medieval shows, craft and food markets. Local people attempt to recreate the atmosphere, festivities, and delicacies that were once popular during the Middle Ages. From theatrical shows to street performance (falconry, live puppeteers, dances, parades…), firework displays, and...
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31
May
2018
3

5 alternatives to avoid the crowds in Spain

Avoiding the crowds in Spain could sound like an impossible task. It really isn’t. Spain has so much to offer away from the beaten track that we decided to share five of our favourite alternatives to the most coveted spots around the country. From uncrowded beaches to little-known mountain ranges, we hope you enjoy our beautiful selection… The Picos instead of the Pyrenees With delicious wine and food, diverse cultures, and some of the most...
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30
May
2018
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What’s the Peruvian indigenous diet?

Modern Peruvian cuisine is the result of a nearly 500-year old melting pot of Spanish (and other European), African, Japanese and Chinese immigration, and native Quechua culture. It is surely this multicultural fusion that makes it one of today’s most fashionable and sought-after cuisines. Superstar Spanish chef Ferrán Adrià has commented: “Peruvian cuisine has a lot of tradition and a great variety of products. What is traditional for Peruvians may be modern for us; the...
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22
May
2018
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Laura joins the Pura team

The last couple of months have been exciting in the Pura office. As we’re expanding the team, we welcomed Luisina and Laura in Sales and Operations respectively. I am delighted to start by introducing you to Laura Burton, our new executive, who has joined Sarah and Greta in the Operations team. Her role here at Pura is to make sure that your holidays happen exactly as planned, by doing availability checks and booking with our...
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3
May
2018
30

The Weavers of Chinchero

  To make sense of some of these photos, it might help to have a description of the process involved in producing a traditional woven fabric here in the Peruvian Andes. The process is that the wool (sheep, llama or alpaca for the nicest pieces) is coloured using natural dyes. These are plants in many cases, for the reds they are cochineal which are harvested from cacti where they live in their millions. Once coloured,...
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2
May
2018
34

Costa Rica, a first-hand view

This feedback was written by Rozanne Chapman.   Our small group of friends and family has had the most incredible and unforgettable time in Costa Rica, experiencing the diversity of the country, from the Central Highlands, to the Rain and Cloud Forests, Caribbean and Pacific coasts.   We have had a mix of seeing amazing animals with all of our different tour guides, which included many howler, capuchin, spider and squirrel monkeys, sloths, snakes, iguanas...
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29
Apr
2018
72

Our 7 favourite boutique hotels in Portugal

With Portugal seeing an upsurge of boutique hotel openings, our co-founder Diego Martín travelled from the vineyard-dotted slopes of the Douro Valley in the north to the sun-strewn Alentejo in the south, all with the delightful job of unearthing the loveliest places to stay. Here are his best picks: Flores Village, Porto Portugal’s second largest city and latest trendy destination has seen dozens of hotels popping up lately. Amongst them, Flores Village is the perfect...
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3
Apr
2018
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Our top 6 Rioja wineries

The winelands of La Rioja hardly need an introduction. Most people have tasted or at least heard about the wines from the most famous of the Spanish producing regions. Having said that, we wanted to take time to highlight our top wineries located in this beautiful corner of Spain – from vintages aged in medieval caves through to wines produced in the most avant-garde installations. But before that, we were proud to learn that La...
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30
Mar
2018
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15 animal-related expressions in Portuguese

Learning a new language allows you to pick up lots of fun cultural titbits, including unexpected meanings of common idioms. The Portuguese language is filled with animal-related idioms which, translated literally, sound amusing to English speakers. Below are some of our favourite everyday ‘wild’ idiomatic expressions used in Portugal and Brazil that we’re sure you’ll enjoy! Comprar gato por lebre Translation: To buy a cat thinking it was a rabbit. Meaning: This is a very...
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21
Mar
2018
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Overtourism – should we all stop travelling? 

This article was written by Joanna Simmons of ResponsibleTravel.com In 2017, overtourism – the phenomenon of too many people, visiting the same place at the same time – hit the headlines. You’ve probably seen the pictures: historic cities with streets choked by visitors, streams of passengers pouring off cruise ships, ancient sites photographed by hundreds of people squished onto a viewing platform. It’s a lose-lose situation, which degrades the visitor’s experience, pressurises the local infrastructure and...
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2
Mar
2018
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7 Expressions for Semana Santa

As one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish-speaking world, Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter) is a wonderful time to travel if you want to immerse yourself into your chosen country’s most fundamental and colourful traditions. To be celebrated between 25 March and 1 April this year, Easter is a one-of-a-kind display of tradition, music, culture, theatre and religion. Defined by its stunning processions, sadly many confuse the pointed hoods and...
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