Latin America

Articles from this Tag

Chapada Diamantina

Chapada Diamantina, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Escarpments, thorn forests and rock gardens… we are a long way from the Amazon Beyond the tropical surf beaches of Bahia and coconut plantations of the north east Brazilian coast, is the dry eco-region of caatinga vegetation, best exemplified in the Chapada Diamantina National Park. Chapada Diamantina is a beautiful plateau of cliffs, escarpments and […]

Chapada dos Veadeiros

Chapada dos Veadeiros, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Ancient plateau in the Brazilian interior Australians are proud of their ancient continent, with its red centre, weathered hills and escarpments. And rightly so – Uluru is 600 million years old and the Grampians are about 420 million years old, whereas the Grand Canyon is 70 million years old, and the Andes are a sprightly […]

Brasília

Brasília, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Brasilia existed in the imagination of Brazilians long before it was planned or built, or even before anywhere knew where it would be. The story goes back to Brazil’s constitution of 1889 which included reference to a national capital called “Brasilia” in the interior of the country. Eighty years later, Juscelino Kubitschek was a candidate […]

Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

The Brazilian Gold Rush Inland from Rio de Janeiro is the vast state of Minas Gérais. In Portuguese, this literally means ‘General Mines’ and the mineral-rich area around Ouro Preto triggered the Brazilian Gold Rush from the 1730s. Over 800 tons of gold were mined, and it changed everything. It changed everything for Brazil, because […]

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

It is said that many centuries ago, a group of French Protestants, the Huguenots, escaped persecution in France and made their way to Brazil to start a new settlement on the Atlantic coast. They named it ‘France Antarctique’ and it was located on the little-known Guanabara Bay. Twelve years’ later – in 1567 – the […]

Paraty

Paraty, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Paraty is an historic colonial town and beauty spot on the Costa Verde (Green Coast) that stretches between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Paraty was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2019, and the position of the harbour town against dramatic mountain peaks, dressed in jungle green, provided a foretaste of Rio […]

Pantanal

Pentanal, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Largest tropical wetland in the world The Pantanal is a very large tropical wetland in the corner of Brazil that borders Paraguay and Bolivia. At nearly 200,000 square kms, it is the largest tropical wetland in the world and a magnificent destination for birdwatching, Jaguar-spotting and piranha fishing. The Pantanal consists of a dense river […]

Iguazú

Iguazú, Argentina, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

The geography of Iguazú Falls The Iguazú Falls are a spectacular natural phenomenon on the frontier between Argentina and Brazil. The falls are by no means the highest in the world, nor is the curtain of the Devil’s Throat the widest, but the force, intensity and extraordinary beauty of Iguazú makes it a top attraction […]

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Why is Buenos Aires so much like Paris? Walking through the antique cobbled streets of San Telmo, the boulevards of Palermo and the cemetery of Recoleta, the immediate impression of Buenos Aires is “this is Paris!”. A fellow traveller at our guesthouse had the best response to the belle epoque chateaux and art nouveau shopping […]

Montevideo

Montevideo, Travel Photography, Uruguay, Vin Images

Montevideo was a gracious interlude during our time in Buenos Aires. The capital of Uruguay and home to half the country’s population, at just over one million inhabitants Montevideo is small but perfectly formed. The old port area – Ciudad Vieja – was our first destination after a two and a half fast ferry across […]