Are you one of the lucky ones who happen to be flying over to Rio to watch the Olympics and Paralympics this summer? But not entirely sure as to how to prepare for it? Well, here are some excellent tips which will help you stay as safe, healthy and street-wise as possible during your time in Brazil!
Your campaign is beautiful and I am a firm supporter but the truth is that even if our tiny little island nation legalises every narcotic, psychedelic and hippy plant there will still be hundreds of thousands of kidnappings, mass murders and mutilated, decaying bodies left in the streets across Central, South and North America.
Although England were kicked out disappointingly early, many of us have still been following the World Cup, which has dominated our television screens for the past month. While travel interest to Brazil increased by 387% during the past month, searches were only up by 6% outside the World Cup period.
As the World Cup countdown reaches its final stages, it feels as if Brazil fever is steadily taking over London town - even if the weather isn't quite as balmy as that experienced in South America. Last minute party planning is definitely in order, then, for a successful, carnival-style screening of all the footie action.
Our journey in Peru began on the beach of Máncora. Here we cruised the town in motorcycle taxis, sunbathed on the beach, and enjoyed fresh ceviche. Continuing south by bus, we landed in the Miraflores distric of Lima. This was the perfect place to recharge before heading up into the Andes Mountains.
When visiting Peru, don't miss a visit to the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. It is in this region where you can experience truly authentic Peruvian cuisine and sample more than seven ancient super-foods that were known to provide energy and sustenance for the labor-intensive life of the Incan warriors and farmers of long ago.
Smug travellers will regale you with tales of how they got off the beaten track and how they avoided the major sites and discovered a part of a city or country other tourists never got to see. I on the other hand hardly think its worth flying to the other side of the world and not seeing the major attractions, they are after all "must sees and must dos" for a reason.
All this machismo doesn't stop with horse riding in San Antonio de Areco as gauchos, locals and visitors alike feast on asados and dance traditional dances, hands held aloft and from the men an extraordinary feet movement with their feet seemingly becoming double jointed, flicking from side to side.
The Amazon rainforest is the largest gathering of trees on the planet, covering 5,500,000 square kilometers. The area is vast, spread across nine countries: the majority in Brazil (60%), followed by 13% in Peru 10% in Colombia and other small variants in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
Bolivia is big on "The Gringo Trail" with back packers wanting the adrenaline rush of cycling down the world's most dangerous road along with the surreal experience of a tour through the salt flats of Uyuni. However, for the older more sophisticated traveller (I'm including myself here) it's also possible to discover Bolivia's more cultural side along with a taste of adventure.