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On my latest trip to Costa Rica I had the opportunity to visit a private cloud forest reserve called the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Reserve. Having previously visited other cloud forests in Costa Rica I was pleasantly surprised by this place.

All across Latin America, meat reigns supreme. As a vegetarian travelling in the region, you will find your options pretty limited, depending on where you’re travelling. However, there are ways to avoid meat slipping onto your plate.

The first trick is to be mindful of the fact that Latin America culture does not embrace vegetarianism – far from it. In many cases people struggle to comprehend the concept at all. This means that you need to be specific about what you do not eat.

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So you’ve decided you want to visit Costa Rica. You’ve heard the weather is warm, the locals are friendly and its one of the most biodiverse places on earth. It sounds like the holiday of your dreams. Only problem is that the more research you do, the harder it seems to make a decision about where to visit. Two popular destinations among visitors to this little country are Manuel Antonio and Corcovado. Two national parks, both on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. So what is the difference? How do you choose one over the other?

Buenos Aires in Pictures

  • 21 September 2018

Buenos Aires is a sprawling metropolis on the banks of the Rio Plata. With its strong history of immigration (particularly from Italy), Buenos Aires boasts a uniquely European feel for a South American city. Long boulevards are lined with trees and beautiful buildings. Traditional cafes and tango clubs can be found on many corners, and the local population is as diverse and quirky as you'd expect to find in any big city. 

The Amazon rainforest is humming with life, from the large mammal species all the way down to the tiny frogs and insects. This is of course why so many travelers venture into the humid depths of the jungle. If you have a trip planned, these are some of the animals you might encounter while you're there.


  • 04 September 2018

About us

Q: What can you tell me about Llama Travel’?

A: Llama Travel is a family-run business established in the UK in 2002. We are specialists in organising small group tours to Latin America. We had the opportunity to open an office in Melbourne in 2017 and are still excited about the chance to operate in a new market.

Q: Why does Llama Travel not sell through agents?

A: Selling direct cuts out agents’ fees, allowing us to provide great quality holidays at a much lower price than you’ll find with other operators. Coming directly to us also means that you will speak with an expert: we have all travelled to South America and know our holidays inside-out. We enjoy getting to know our customers and feel you will receive the best customer service by speaking to our enthusiastic team.

Q: Why should I book with Llama Travel?

A: We are passionate about Latin America and have extensive experience of operating holidays in the region. We are an award-winning company, providing high quality holidays at the lowest possible prices. We are committed to excellent customer service and 99% of our past customers would recommend us to a friend. You can find out what people are saying about our holidays here.

About our holidays

Q: How do your holidays work?

A: We offer flexible small group package tours. We have set itinerary modules which can be combined in different ways, giving you a more tailored experience at group tour prices. For example, you can combine our base Peru programme, Incas & Conquistadors, with stays in Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, the Amazon jungle and other destinations.

Q: How are you able to maintain such low prices? I worry that you are compromising on quality…

A: We avoid agents’ fees by only selling direct. We’ve also developed good and long-lasting relationships with our local suppliers so are able to negotiate excellent deals on your behalf. Our flexible group tour model allows us to operate more cost-effectively than tailor-made operators while still offering flexibility and a good quality of service and accommodation.

Q: Do you provide support while I’m in South America?

A: An integral part of our service is providing support during your trip. Things usually run smoothly, but developing countries are prone to the odd strike or flight delay. If something doesn’t go according to plan, we will make the necessary arrangements and keep you up-to-date. If you have any issues or questions while away, you can call or email our local partners or our office in the UK.

Q: Which meals are included?

A: Breakfast is included on every day of the tour. Lunch and/or dinner is also included on some excursions and in certain destinations the accommodation is full board (such as on Galapagos cruises and in jungle lodges). Most of our hotels have a restaurant and our accommodation is well located with dining options nearby. You can see full details of meal inclusions by looking at the day by day itinerary for the holiday you would like to take. 

Q: Are you able to book my international flights?

A: Yes. Flights from London are included in our prices. We offer regional departures for a supplement - just ask.

Q: Which vaccinations do I need for Latin America?

A: It is best to speak to your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. You can visit the websites for good advice about travelling in the region. For country-specific advice regarding vaccinations and medical requirements, please visit the essential information page from within your chosen holiday page.

Q: Do I need a visa for my holiday?

A: Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (Tel: 020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 3434); Brazil (020 7659 1550); Colombia (020 7637 9893); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586); Panama (020 7493 4646); Bolivia (020 7235 4255). You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

Looking out at the lake, the surrounding mountains were perfectly mirrored in the glassy water. The air was nippy - frescito, as the locals would say – and each breath in gave me a little jolt of energy. I sat on the remains of an adobe wall, now little more than a haphazard pile of bricks, and took in the scenery.

Peru is as diverse as it is beautfiul and like many destinations, the people you meet are as much a part of the experience as the sights. The Peruvian highlands, which encompass Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca (and more) are home to indigenous people who keep their traditions alive, providing an important insight into how highland communities live. 

For visitors to Torres del Paine, Llama Travel offers two trekking options. The Las Torres Trek is a full day trek of approximately seven hours, crossing uneven terrain, including rustic rope bridges, while the Hike to Lake Sarmiento option is an easier 3 hour walk with gentle undulations.

In either case, you will be exposed to the unpredictable weather conditions of Chilean Patagonia, and packing the right equipment is key to your enjoyment of either trek.