South America

Cartagena cool – an expert guide to Colombia’s most alluring city

Why go?

Cartagena, a World Heritage listed city on the Caribbean coast where Gabriel Garcia Marquez set the luscious, evocative ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’, is the jewel in Colombia’s already overcrowded crown.

Expect cobbled alleys, flower bedecked balconies (a prize is awarded every year for the most beautiful balcony), horse drawn carriages, statues (saluting the heroes who helped defend Cartargena against British and French colonialists, pirates and ultimately from Spain) and elegant plazas. Simply put: every single street looks like something out of a García Márquez novel.

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The colourful houses and picturesque cerros are sure to raise a smile – an expert guide to Valparaiso

Even the most jaded of traveller can’t fail to be charmed by the Chilean port city of Valpo (as the Unesco World Heritage listed town is affectionately known). Spend even the smallest amount of time here and you’ll quickly discover the delights of Valpo’s 45 cerros (hills), overlooking the Pacific, that are dotted by sugar almond hued houses whose exteriors are made of corrugated metal peeled from decades old shipping containers.

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Santiago has cast off its neighbours' shadows – an expert guide to Chile's leafy capital

Why go?

After decades of playing catch-up with its neighbours, Santiago has undergone a renaissance in the past few years and is brimming with new bars, hotels, museums and cultural centres and hotels that are worth your time and your money. What’s more, Chile’s capital is safer than Rio and more welcoming than Buenos Aires, making it a gentle introduction to South America

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Talking Travel: Ecuador

Ecuador maybe small, but there's no shortage of things to see - from snow covered mountains to Amazonian rainforest and incredible wildlife - in this small Andean nation. 

For an insight into Ecuador, tune into ‘Talking Travel’ at Women's Radio Station later this month - where Ecuadorian, Monica Alexander, will be revealing why if homeland isn’t on your bucket list, it’s because you have already been…...

Discover Ecuador

Andean mountains, Amazonian forest, Idyllic islands and coastline, postcard-pretty colonial centres, Kichwa villages… Ecuador may be one of the smallest countries in South America but don’t be fooled by its size for there is plenty to see, do and experience in Luz de América (the light of America).

Planning a visit to this Andean country? Let Best in Travel be your guide…