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Lifestyle : Discover South America Special Report
iG5447706AA-281012 1800 024 955 or email@example.com INCA TOURS www.incatours.net LIC 2TA5698 EST 1979 NEGATIVE FEEDBACK! Top marks to all at Inca Tours for a 'sensational' SA Sensations Tour. From Marcelo in (Santiago) to Sonia (Lima) to Mario (Amazon) to Harvey (Cusco) and to Rodrigo (Bolivia), who all left no stone unturned in making sure our trip was a memorable and informative one. And last but certainly not least, a great big "thank you" to Ross, whose fun, kindness & dependability all wrapped up in one genuine package. Di Turner, Qld, 26 Sept 2012 • The enigmatic Nazca Lines, the amazing Pink Dolphis living on the deepest darkest Amazon Jungle, the most scenic Inca Trails along the Andes Mountains or the marvelous lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu...they are closer than ever! We are an Australian based independent Peruvian tour operator specializing in adventure trips to Peru. 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Actually, I was talking about revealing our people. firstname.lastname@example.org • 24 hrs: 0414 747 857 G5447750AB-271012 G5469398AB-271012 Tel: 1300 763 338 email@example.com Highlights of South America 15 day tour 2013 fixed departures from $ 2,425 p.p Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour 7 night Galápagos cruise, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia 3Mayto1Jun2013 Landmark Travel (02) 9977 7100; firstname.lastname@example.org Made to Order South America Travel South America & Patagonia We offer a fresh approach to travel in South America. Any day departures for a minimum of two people. Expert guides. Great accommodation. Comprehensive sightseeing. tel: 1300 783 188 www.activetravel.com.au Call now for our South America brochure! e barrio Latin lovers . . . from far left, Larcomar, Lima; Mercado Central, Santiago; Buenos Aires street life; Botero Museum, Bogota; Plaza de la Independencia, Quito. Photos: Getty Images; Alamy Hotel to remember: Boutique hotel Jardin Escondido, a garden oasis in hipster Palermo Soho, is like a home away from home. Indeed, it was exactly that for Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola. (coppolaresorts.com/ jardinescondido). Magnolia Hotel is another fine boutique property (magnoliahotel.com.ar). Best shopping district: Palermo Viejo has edgy local designer shops. San Telmo is great for antiques and a Sunday flea market. Plaza Francia in Recoleta has a Sunday crafts market. What to buy: Leather. Iconic sights: The 16th-century Plaza de Mayo with the presidential palace (or Pink House) and the Peron balcony. The Recoleta Cemetery is a city within a city, with huge monuments to the dead, including Eva Peron. Santiago, Chile Don't miss: Visit the home of Chilean poet, politician and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda (fundacionneruda.org/ en) in Barrio Bellavista, then browse the neighbourhood's interesting shops, cafes and bars. On Sundays, the Parque Forestal in Barrio Bella Artes has great street entertainment, plus art and second-hand stalls. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights (museodelamemoria.cl) showcases the history and suffering of the Pinochet years. Food-lover's highlight: The best food in Chile is Peruvian, but there are great seafood restaurants around the Mercado Central. Where to eat: Astrid y Gaston has an outpost that is perennially popular, offering ceviches and classic Peruvian dishes, such as aji de gallina, a chicken stew in a spicy sauce. (astridygaston.com/web/index.php). Hotel to remember: The English/ Australian-owned Aubrey (theaubrey.com) is Santiago's first boutique hotel, created from two mansions in Bellavista. Best shopping district: Upscale shopping is found at the indoor/ outdoor shopping malls, Parque Arauco (parquearauco.cl) and Portal la Dehesa. (http:/ /cl.loogares.com/lugar/ portal-la-dehesa-santiago- de-chile). The huge Los Dominicos Artisans Market is inside the whitewashed walls of the Dominicos Church. What to buy: Leather, lapis lazuli, ceramics, masks. Iconic sights: Take the funicular and/or cable car to the top of Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago's biggest green space, and watch the sunset over the city. Check out the Plaza de Armas, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago and La Moneda (the palace). Bogota, Colombia Don't miss: Take advantage of one of the world's most extensive networks of urban bike paths. Bogota's major avenues are also closed to cars on Sundays. Bogata Bike Tours offers tours and rentals (bogotabiketours.com). Visit the Museo Botero (banrepcultural.org/ museo-botero) for voluptuous, Renaissance-style portraits of Colombia's most famous artist. Where to eat: The Argentine beef- and-boogie spot, Andres Carne de Res (andrescarnederes.com), draws the crowds while Leo Cocina y Cava (leococinaycava.com) offers an inventive menu featuring Colombia's remarkable biodiversity. Hotel to remember: Hotel de la Opera has been constructed from two Spanish colonial townhouses embracing two courtyards in La Candeleria (hotelopera.com.co). Best shopping district: Buy emeralds (in the sunshine) direct from dealers in the Emerald District, on Jimenez Avenue between 6th and 7th streets. Bohemian La Macarena has galleries and local design shops. Buy crafts at the artisans market on Plaza del Bolivar. What to buy: Emeralds, crafts. Iconic sights: The historic district of La Candeleria has the Plaza del Bolivar, named after South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar; a 16th-century gothic cathedral; the neo-classical Teatro de Cristobal Colon opera house; and colourful houses with Spanish-tiled roofs lining cobblestoned streets. Museo del Oro (banrepcultural.org/ museo-del-oro) displays the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold work. Quito, Ecuador Don't miss: Riding a gondola, one of the world's highest aerial lifts, up the side of the Pichincha active volcano. Plaza Foch is Quito's nightlife spot. Food-lover's highlight: Coffee and seafood. Where to eat: Verde Esmeralda, La Chillangua, is a fabulous seafood lunch spot (facebook.com/ verde.esmeralda.ecuador). Zazu is a hip Peruvian restaurant offering innovative dishes and an exceptional wine list (zazuquito.com). Hotel to remember: Casa Gangotena, in a newly restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, is on the Conde Nast Traveller 2012 hot list (casagangotena.com). Best shopping district: The Otavalo markets, among the most famous in South America, are two hours' drive north of Quito. You can also buy Ecuadorian crafts at Quito's La Mariscal market. Hungarian artist Olga Fisch's shop has the best Ecuadorian hats, tapestries and rugs, metal and wood tiles (olgafisch.com). What to buy: Panama hats (yes, they're really made in Ecuador), alpaca, embroidered cloth, ceramics. Iconic sights: Quito's UNESCO- heritage-listed historic centre is the largest and best-preserved in Latin America. Highlights include the oldest cathedral in South America and La Compania de Jesus church, a masterpiece of baroque and Quiteno- colonial art with golden altars and gilded columns. EDITOR: Angie Kelly email@example.com PICTURE RESEARCH: Ruth Duncan COVER IMAGE: The Avenida de Mayo Buenos Aires, Alamy. 3 SOUTH AMERICA SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012 THE SUN HERALD Special report
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