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No one can disagree that the backdrop for the 2016 Olympics in Rio is one of the most, if not, the most stunning in the history of this media-saturated sporting spectacular. The weather, on the whole, has lit up the golden beaches, emerald forested mountain outcrops and the shiny Rio skyscrapers.

The Rise of Peruvian Cuisine…

This decade has seen Peruvian cuisine rise in popularity on a global scale and it’s now seen as a prominent player in the culinary world, with dedicated restaurants appearing in many cities. The dishes have a reputation as fresh, hearty and healthy fare, underpinned by corn, potatoes and chillies. Over the last five centuries, immigration has seen Peruvian food evolve and intensify in terms of flavour, such as the Chinese/Peruvian fusion of cuisines known as Chifa. Our South American expert Rosemary Hill explores some of the nation’s most popular cuisine:

Luxury Trekking Holidays in Peru – The Salkantay Trail

If someone were to ask you the way to Machu Picchu, you’d probably direct them via the world-famous Inca Trail. After all, is there any other way to get there? Indeed the Inca Trail has led visitors in their millions to this iconic site and its enduring popularity will unquestionably continue, yet another route – the Salkantay Trail –  is quietly emerging from the shadows and provides a tempting alternative to its celebrity sibling. And for those seeking luxury trekking holidays in Peru as an alternative to hardcore camping, then mountain lodges provide welcome rest for sore feet.

Brazil Holidays – Countdown to Rio 2016

As the Olympic lights go out over London, attention turns to the Rio Games in 2016. South America’s largest country, host too to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, finds itself squarely in the global spotlight as it prepares to host two of the world’s biggest sporting events. Demand for Brazil holidays will undoubtedly be at its peak during the summers of 2014 and 2016, yet there’s reason aplenty to visit this vast and varied country outside of its sporting fixtures.