Costa Rica Rules!

We’re delighted and hugely proud to announce a new addition! Over the past few months we’ve been beavering away behind the scenes and now we’re ready to unveil the fruit of our labours: https://www.costaricaspecialists.co.uk/ You may recall that this time last year I was telling you that both Guy and Paul had recently been to Costa Rica and were both singing its praises: refresh your memory with a glance at the blog: https://localhost/wordpress/costa-rica-excited I have to say this left the rest of us feeling thoroughly envious, and over the next few months we all decided that this diminutive country...

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Self-drive in Peru? I think not

We normally self-drive when on holiday. When we were organising our trip to Peru, Paul (the go-to man on South America at Tribes) said “Not in Peru. Definitely not.” We soon found out why . . . For a start, Peruvians “go for it” – big time. Especially the drivers of the ubiquitous mototaxis, who pull when they please, drive wherever they please at whatever speed suits them and ignore regulations requiring them only to operate in towns.   Then there’s the general chaos of traffic in the towns and cities, which combined with narrow streets and few road...

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First Tortoises Hatchlings in Pinzon for 100 Years!

Some heartening news for nature lovers has emerged from the Galapagos Islands. Tortoise hatchlings observed by researchers on the island of Pinzon last year are the first to have survived there for over a century. This is a staggering statement and requires some explanation. The island’s native wildlife, like that of many of the Galapagos Islands, has been devastated by the accidental introduction of rats from pirate and whaling ships in the 18th century. They preyed on bird’s eggs and especially Galapagos tortoise hatchlings. So successfully in the case of the latter that none survived. The island’s native tortoise...

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Gaze into the Flames and feel the Warmth

On a cold February, with the wind howling outside, ice on the pavements and roads, and oppressive grey skies it’s all too easy to feel the chill. If you feel yourself succumbing, I may have just the thing. I find there’s nothing like a real fire, as it crackles and spits away, to provide some intensive heat therapy. Just thinking about it starts to do the trick. So here are few to warm you up: Picture the scene: you’ve been out hiking or horse riding in the Andes Mountains, drinking in the pure air and admiring views of the...

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