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…

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…

Puerto Iguazu airport could lose 4-8 daily flights in LAN dispute

Latin America’s biggest airline, LAN, has said that Argentine authorities have evicted it from its hangar in Buenos Aires’ main domestic airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery. Latam Airlines says that its LAN Argentine operation will be unable to continue if the eviction notice is acted upon. The Chilean-Brazilian owned carrier is the main competitor to Argentina’s…

Coca-Cola tests market for “Green” Coke in Argentina

Coca-Cola labels are turning green in Argentina. For the past three weeks, the words Coca-Cola have been spelled out in the same ornate white letters on a green background. It’s everywhere from a gigantic electronic billboard in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, to the sides of the delivery trucks, to supermarket shelves and even…

Top tips for the early Brazil World Cup traveller

Follow this great guide extracted from the Guardian to avoid ripoffs, punchups and running out of money in Rio next year. Where to stay and where to find hotel bargains in Rio The best place to stay is in the Copacabana tourist trap. For those looking for more upmarket neighbourhoods, try further down the beach…

Pope Francis schedules tour of South America in 2015

Chilean Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago is hopeful that Pope Francis will tour South America in 2015. According to Archbishop Ezzati, next year Pope Francis will travel to meet Orthodox Ecumenical Patriach Bartholomew of Constantinople in Turkey and will make “another trip to Africa and another to Asia.” The Vatican Press Office said that…

All about Alfajores

When travelling around Latin America, especially in Argentina, you will find alfajores everywhere and in many different types and recipes to try. But where did these popular sweet treats originate from? Alfajores made their first appearance in Spain during the Moorish occupation, the Al-Andalus time period between 711 and 1496. In the Medina Sedonia region…