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Jul 12, 2021

The best cities in South America

Martha Hales

Whether you seek the buzz of a metropolis or the solitude of an edge of the world port, you can find it in South America. The myriad nations each have exciting cities to discover, every one with its own distinct character and culture... Which will you head for on your next South America trip?

PeruArgentinaBrazil, +3
Dec 27, 2019

Unique New Year traditions around the world

Martha Hales

Here’s a quick look at some of the quirkiest and most unusual New Year's eve rituals out there, from wearing colourful undies to taking your suitcase for a walk around the block at midnight. The TravelLocal team wishes you all a happy New Year wherever you celebrate!

PhilippinesArmeniaEcuador, +5
FestivalsFood & Drink
Sep 7, 2019

Best books for travel lovers

Martha Hales

Providing an escape like no other, books about travel can transport you anywhere in the world and inspire your next adventure. We've rounded up some of our favourites including Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace', and 'Shantaram' by Gregory David Roberts.

MoroccoPanamaBorneo, +6
Great Journeys
Aug 8, 2019

Best active holiday destinations

Martha Hales

We've gathered together our top destinations around the world for active holidays. From hiking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to skiing in Kyrgyzstan, there's a trip to suit all adventure lovers and thrill-seekers!

ArmeniaMozambiqueColombia, +32
AdventureCoastCycling, +2
May 28, 2019

The best cities to visit in South America

Martha Hales

Whether you seek the life affirming buzz of a metropolis or the solitude of an edge of the world port, you can find it in South America. The myriad nations each have exciting cities to discover, every one with its own distinct character and culture. Which will you visit on your next holiday?  

ArgentinaEcuadorColombia, +3
May 23, 2019

Our top 10 destinations for the summer holidays

Martha Hales

From the blissful beaches of Zanzibar, Cuba and Malaysia, to the epic sights of Russia and the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.... discover which destinations we think are perfect for the summer holidays!

MoroccoCosta RicaRussia, +7
JulyAugustJune, +1
Mar 8, 2019

Celebrated women of the world

Corinne Homer

Learn about the celebrated women of the world on International Women's Day! From tyrannical queens to brave revolutionaries, each one fought against the traditions and gender biases of their time to become legendary figures in their own right.

KazakhstanColombiaGhana, +4
CulturalHistoryWonders of the World, +1
Jan 4, 2019

Our best beach destinations

Kaya Brown

There are few things more relaxing than a trip to a tropical coastline. We’ve rounded up five of the best beaches in the world, from the balmy seas of Costa Rica to the secluded coves of Southern India, for all those looking to escape to warmer climates.

ColombiaCosta RicaTanzania, +2
Boat JourneysCoastHoneymoon, +2
Dec 14, 2018

Wildlife of Colombia

Kati Taylor

Vast grasslands, dense jungle and tropical coastlines combine in Colombia - the most biodiverse country in the world by square miles. It is home to over 450 species of mammal and an unbelievable 1,850 birds, all of whom are split across its various ecosystems. Despite this incredible diversity, Colombia’s 58 protected areas remain relatively untouched by tourism. Find out more about this incredible country's spectacular wildlife.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +6
Dec 11, 2018

Colombia's national parks

Kaya Brown

Colombia's National Parks are plentiful, varied and brimming with wildlife. We've collated the very best that the country has to offer, from the pristine beaches of Tayrona to the rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy in the Andes Mountains.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +3
Off the Beaten PathUndiscovered BeachesWalking & Hiking, +2
Dec 10, 2018

Ciudad Perdida: Hiking to Colombia's Lost City

Samantha Fergusson

Colombia's Lost City is the "new" Machu Picchu - a fascinating ruined city of terraces and steps hidden deep in the Colombian jungle and dating to 600 years before its Peruvian counterpart was even thought of. The only way of reaching this stunning spot is on a four day hike forging rivers, sleeping in hammocks and scrambling up vine-clad mountain slopes. An adventurer's heaven...

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +1
CulturalHistoryAdventure, +1
Dec 6, 2018

Why you should travel to Colombia

Larissa Obolensky

Over the years, Colombia has shaken off its tumultuous past and its kaleidoscopic character has come to life. With colonial archaeology galore, idyllic beaches, a fascinating culture and lost cities hidden deep in the jungle there is a huge amount to discover here. With the help of our local experts, we've picked out some highlights to help inspire you in planning your trip.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +4
ClassicCoastCultural, +7
Jun 1, 2018

Medellín’s wonderful Flower Festival

Claudia Posada-Fawcett

From fantastic live music to the iconic "silletero" parade, this Colombian festival litters the streets of Medellin with colour, flowers and tradition. Read on to find out more about this annual event, which celebrates the cultural identity of this flourishing destination.

Apr 25, 2018

Inside the walls of Cartagena

Claudia Posada-Fawcett

The colourful colonial town of Cartagena is the place to be for historical marvels, fantastic food and live music. Read on to discover more about this increasingly popular destination, bursting with energy and culture.

DecemberJanuaryFebruary, +1
HistoryFood & DrinkCultural
Nov 23, 2017

November News from TravelLocal HQ

Huw Owen

Huw and Tom, TravelLocal's founders and MDs, give an update on what we have been up to in November, including awards for Ecuador at The Savoy and the launch of Japan.

IndonesiaSouth AfricaCambodia, +8
CoastCulturalUnique to TravelLocal, +1
Oct 30, 2017

Halloween around the World: Culture and Customs

Martha Hales

With Halloween on the horizon, we wanted to explore how this unique holiday is celebrated and perceived around the world. Read on to find out more...

Sep 27, 2017

Take the kids to... South America

Martha Hales

South America is great for families, particularly with older children. Horse-riding through dramatic landscapes, ziplining through jungles, whale-watching by paddleboard... South America has it all.

ArgentinaEcuadorPeru, +4
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Sep 22, 2017

Top 5 Coffee Destinations

Samantha Fergusson

Travel to the wonderful, exotic locations around the globe where coffee is raised from shrub to bean to brew. From volcanic foothills to thick, mountainside jungle, discover the best coffee destinations in the world.

ColombiaUgandaIndonesia, +2
Food & Drink
Sep 13, 2017

September News from TravelLocal HQ

Huw Owen

Catch up with the latest news from the TravelLocal headquarters as we look towards extending summer for as long as we can, and announce a fabulous new country to be featured on the site...

Sep 1, 2017

Top 5 Island Escapes

Martha Hales

Discover our top five island escapes - sunbathe on pristine beaches, eat local delicacies, dive on UNESCO recognised reefs and swim in tropical waters.

CoastBoat JourneysUndiscovered Beaches
Aug 18, 2017

In the Spotlight: Beto Murgas

Kati Taylor

Gain an insight into the diverse and wonderful world of Colombian folk music with Beto Murgas, a Vallenato musician and composer.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFestivalsUnique to TravelLocal
Aug 2, 2017

Top 5 Music Cities

Corinne Homer

In honour of the BBC Proms, we've drawn up a shortlist of the best cities for live music around the world. Read on to find out more...

ArmeniaSenegalArgentina, +2
Jul 19, 2017

Our top trips to do by bike

Corinne Homer

Check out our shortlist of the ultimate cycling trips around the world, suitable for all ages and abilities. From exploring rural Chinese villages to meandering through the Angkor Temple complex, these trails are simply unmissable…

PanamaIndiaRwanda, +5
AdventureCyclingWalking & Hiking
Jul 4, 2017

Top 5 Rural Destinations

Kati Taylor

Fresher air, fewer people and swaths of flora and fauna - there are no end of reasons why global travellers move off the beaten path. Here are some of the world’s best rural retreats, by TravelLocal.

VietnamColombiaKyrgyzstan, +1
Off the Beaten PathWalking & Hiking
Jun 16, 2017

Get to know Bogota

Martha Hales

Colombia's capital is a cultural hub of fresh cuisine, brightly-coloured architecture and classical museums. Here is TravelLocal's guide on getting to know Bogota.

Jun 12, 2017

Best places to visit in South America

Natasha Colyer

Exciting and diverse, there’s no shortage of wonderful places to visit in South America. Read on for our top 5, carefully selected by Natasha Colyer at Seen in the City...

EcuadorArgentinaChile, +1
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Jun 9, 2017

Local Spotlight: Interview with our local experts in Colombia

Kati Taylor

This month we caught up with our local Colombia experts to talk favourite memories and foodie experiences.

CulturalFood & Drink
Jun 7, 2017

Top 5 Hiking Hot Spots

Martha Hales

With so many to choose from all over the world, it can be hard to know which hiking trails to prioritise. Read on for our top recommendations from around the world…

South AfricaJordanArgentina, +1
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
May 10, 2017

Top 5 Hidden Gems

Martha Hales

If you want the holiday of a lifetime (and don't want to share the sites with hordes of tourists) these five destinations should be on your travel list!

PanamaPhilippinesMozambique, +1
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Off the Beaten PathCoastUndiscovered Beaches, +1
Mar 17, 2017

A Photographer's Guide to South America


Check out these top photography recommendations from our friends at LocalGrapher, South America is waiting to be explored...

Great JourneysHoneymoonAdventure