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…

Footballers portraits carved from Brazil nuts

An artist has gone nuts at the prospect of the looking FIFA World Cup and has carved the faces of five English football legends out of a handful of Brazil nuts – but can you tell who they are? Using just a scalpel, magnifying glass and a 99p bag of Brazil Nuts, Quentin Devine spent…

Love Chipa and Yerba Mate? Then Yerba Mate Chipa is for you

The much loved street food Chipa, has been combined with the national infusion of Argentina, Yerba Mate (a herbal tea type drink) to make a new product. The new product concept was unveiled in the Capital city of Misiones, Posadas, last week. Misiones is the key producer of Yerba Mate within Argentina. Chipa is a…

Japan gets a taste for Yerba Mate

The Japanese market for Yerba Mate is growing according to recent reports, with demand growing for the traditional Argentine drink. The promotion of Yerba Mate to the asian market was started six years ago by the cooperative Alfredo Kallus. The firm Atree Co sells the Argentine Yerba Mate product direct to the descendants of South…

Argentina sees a fall in tourists with international visitors down by 13.5%

According to INDEC, the number of tourists arriving in Argentina plunged 13.5% in the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year, which the number of Argentines who travelled abroad increased by 4%. A total of 1,152,170 foreign visitors arrived in Argentina so far this year, while 1,362,553 Argentines travelled…

Chile and Argentina may face water storage issues due to climate change

Scientists have revealed that new research suggests that Chile and Argentina may face critical water storage issues due to rain-bearing westerly winds over South America’s Patagonian Ice-Field moving southward. This could result in drought in the area and lead to other complications. Researchers have uncovered changes in the ice-sheet thickness in the North and Central…