How the Zika Virus is affecting travel plans

The travel industry is beginning to react as vacationers rethink their trips amid growing concern over the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease that experts say is possibly linked to microcephaly in babies. The spread of the virus in Brazil and Latin America has led the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to warn pregnant women…

Uruguay’s shock 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica due to lack of dulce de leche?

Uruguay’s world cup squad have their dulce de leche confiscated in Brazil – perhaps the reason behind their so-far poor performance? Brazilian officials say they confiscated 39kg (86lb) of caramel spread from Uruguay’s world cup football team as they arrived in Brazil for the World Cup. The spread, called dulce de leche, is extremely popular…

Argentine imports have increased despite restrictions and controls

Reports have shown that despite tight controls and restrictions, Argentine import industry has risen sharply over the last decade, but exports have also risen. A lack of access to international financing since the late 2001 massive debt default and the loss of monetary reserves, led Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government to adopt measures designed to…

Latin America turns to bitcoins

The Bitcoin, a virtual currency that circulates outside regular financial systems is a trend that is now catching on in Latin American countries. Bitcoins, an online currency created by computer programmers is gaining in interest and popularity in Argentina and Brazil. The Bitcoin was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto and the name is thought…

TAM and South African Airways sign agreement increasing access to destinations

South African Airways (SAA) and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to increase access to destinations in both countries for both leisure and business travellers. This codeshare agreement aims to make it easier for tourists and business travellers to travel between the two countries and have greater access to different destinations/ Destinations…

Argentina qualify for 2014 Brazil World Cup in a seven-goal thriller

Argentina has booked its place in the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup in a seven-goal thriller that saw Lionel Messi score twice in a 5-2 destruction of Paraguay. Needing a win to confirm their place in next year’s tournament, Argentina enjoyed a perfect start with Messi converted a penalty and put his side 1-0 up…

State of emergency declared in Peru due to heavy snowfall

An unusual cold spell has hit Peru, its neighbour Bolivia as well as Paraguay. The Peruvian government has extended state of emergency to nine regions to cope with the unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall. Snow has recently gripped many South American countries, with snowfall across Argentina and even in some areas of Brazil. Local…

Iguazu Falls given accolade of Outstanding Universal Value by UNESCO

During the latest session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Cambodia in late June, Iguazu Falls park was named Outstanding Universal Value by UNESCO. Iguazu National Park, one of the new seven wonders of the world, was honoured by UNESCO to be named outstanding universal value, i.e. an area of natural and cultural significance…

Best travel photo is one of Brazilian Aquathlon championship in Manuas

How good are your holiday snaps? National Geographic has announced winners of its annual Traveler Photo Contest, which is now in its 25th year. This year, more than 15,500 professional and amateur photographers from around the globe entered their works into the prestigious competition. The collection of images the feature the many wonders of the…