Features // South America

Patagonia’s blossoming beer scene: craft brews in unexpected places
Patagonia’s blossoming beer scene: craft brews in unexpected places

The Patagonian craft beer scene has only recently emerged on the international stage, but it’s been a long time coming. While the influences of German settlers responsible for breweries such as Austral in southern Chile have long been felt, it’s taken a while for others to catch on. The last decade has been the turning point:…

20 pictures of Peru that will put the country on your bucket list
20 pictures of Peru that will put the country on your bucket list

Peru is has long been a favourite destination on the South America backpacker trail, but there’s more to tempt you here than the oft-photographed llamas and ruins. Not least a whole host of landscapes to explore, from sand dunes to epic mountain ranges. Here we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite images – with a few llamas included…

A sex-themed amusement park is set to open in Brazil
A sex-themed amusement park is set to open in Brazil

Forget about virtual-reality roller coasters, the future of theme parks just got a whole lot raunchier. Developers in Brazil are planning to build an adults-only park, where traditional rides will be replaced by the likes of penis-shaped bumper cars, an erotic ghost train and a 7D vibrating cinema. Unlike the comparatively chaste Jeju Loveland in…

Quiz: can you name these famous places in South America?
Quiz: can you name these famous places in South America?

Do you dream of trekking through the Amazon, marvelling at Easter Island‘s moai or gorging on steak in Buenos Aires – or have you done it all already? Either way, this quiz is sure to spark your wanderlust. We’ve picked nine famous places in South America. Can you identify them all?

8 of South America’s most memorable eccentricities
8 of South America’s most memorable eccentricities

Tasty ‘big-ass ants’, llamas wearing woolly hats, and tiny enclaves of Welsh culture make South America a fascinating, if at times, mind boggling continent to explore. Here’s our foray into some of the more eclectic cultural treats to be found upon these shores. 1. Patagonia’s Welsh teahouses Debuted to the world in Bruce Chatwin’s pivotal…

Beyond steak: how to order like a local in Buenos Aires
Beyond steak: how to order like a local in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is often associated with steaks, but they are far from the most common cut served up in the parrillas (meat restaurants) of Argentina‘s capital. In fact, many of the cuts are different from the European or North American standards. It’s often the tastier (and cheaper) bits of beef – and a fair amount of offal – that is…

Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island
Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island

Colombia meets Jamaica? Not quite, but two competing images loom large over the Caribbean island of Providencia: Bob Marley, adopted saint of the local Raizal population, and Johnny Depp, fictional hero of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and a symbol of everything ‘pirate’ to the local tourism industry. It’s all a very long…

23 brilliant pictures of Brazil
23 brilliant pictures of Brazil

This year sees the Olympics and Paralympics take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If you’re heading to Brazil to catch any of the sporting action, here are a few great photos to inspire your trip from Picfair‘s best roaming photographers. Staircase decorated with street art Staircase by Lourdes Siracuza Cappi / Picfair Capoeira on the…

15 things everyone learns backpacking South America
15 things everyone learns backpacking South America

South America has become a favoured destination for the intrepid backpacker, and while it’s impressive in the astounding diversity of its nations, there are a number of universal lessons that every traveller will learn at some point during their time here. So whether you fell foul of altitude or accepted that you – inevitably – suck…

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