In Patagonia (Vintage Classics)
Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales, In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin’s travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters with the people whose fascinating stories delay him on the road.
“I pictured a low timber house with a shingled roof, caulked against storms, with blazing log fires inside and the walls lined with all the best books, somewhere to live when the rest of the world blew up.” Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia.
The only first-hand report on contemporary Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, by veteran correspondent Richard Gott, places the country’s controversial and charismatic president in historical perspective, and examines his plans and programs. This new edition has a chapter on the attempted and failed military coup, Venezuela’s recent recall election, and discusses US covert intervention against this democratically elected public official.
The spectre of Simon Bolivar hovers once again over Latin America as the aims and ambitions of the Liberator are taken up by Comandante Hugo Chavez. Welcomed by the inhabitants of the teeming shantytowns of Caracas as their potential savior, and greeted by Washington with considerable alarm, this former golpista-turned-democrat has already begun the most wide-ranging transformation of oil-rich Venezuela for half a century, and dramatically affected the political debate throughout Latin America.
Squeezed in between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide – not a country which lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler found out when she travelled alone with two carpetbags from the top to the bottom, form the driest desert in the world to the sepulchral wastes of Antarctica.
This is Sara Wheeler’s account of a six-month odyssey which included Christmas Day at 13,000 feet with a llama sandwich, a sex hotel in Santiago and a trip round Cape Horn delivering a coffin.
Tristes Tropiques begins with the line ‘I hate travelling and explorers’, yet during his life Claude Lévi-Strauss travelled from wartime France to the Amazon basin and the dense upland jungles of Brazil, where he found ‘human society reduced to its most basic expression’. His account of the people he encountered changed the field of anthropology, transforming Western notions of ‘primitive’ man. Tristes Tropiques is a major work of art as well as of scholarship. It is a memoir of exquisite beauty and a masterpiece of travel writing: funny, discursive, movingly detailing personal and cultural loss, and brilliantly connecting disparate fields of thought. Few books have had as powerful and broad an impact.
In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on a 500cc Norton. One of them was the twenty-three-year-old Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are the diaries of Che Guevara, full of disasters and discoveries, high drama and laddish improvisations. Touring through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, his greatest concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found and who might be around to share it. Within a decade Che Guevara would be a household name. His trip might have been the adventure of a lifetime – had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.
More recently made into an Oscar-winning film starring Gael Garcia Bernal, ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ is an extraordinary account of a hero in the making.
“For hundreds of years, the story of the legendary Inca city of Vilcabamba lay buried in old Spanish chronicles. The ancient records tell of a young Inca king, Manco Inca, who fled deep into the Amazon after the Spaniards conquered his empire. There Manco built a city in the jungle that held out for the next 36 years, until the Spaniards finally overwhelmed it in 1572.
Kim MacQuarrie has fashioned an unforgettable history of the Spanish conquest, and the search for the lost city of Vilcabamba. “The Last Days of the Incas” brings one of the most heroic uprisings in history vividly back to life.”
Machu Picchu, a Peruvian archeological site set atop a lofty mountain range, nearly 8000 feet above sea level. The once powerful Inca Empire gave rise to this mystical city in the 15th Century. The ruins overlook majestic mountain ranges, sacred valleys and flowing rivers – there is literally no place like it on the planet. It is unique in history, design, preservation, and access from the outside world. A trip to Machu Picchu is at the heart of discovery: create memories, fill a photo album, or fulfill a lifelong dream of adventure.
A Unique Travel Guide for the Adventurer in All of Us.
Best places to go in South America
Looking for some of the best dive sites in the world? While many jet off to Central and South America on gap years and holidays, attracted by the wealth of cultures, countries and landscapes the continent has to offer, not many decide to explore “what lies beneath”. Here we explore five of the multiple diving destinations to see just what Central and South America have to offer both the experienced and rookie diver.
With vast rolling mountain ranges, miles and miles of wild scrubland, giant cattle ranches and the world’s biggest rainforest, South America offers so much scenic diversity that it is impossible to take it all in on foot. Why not try a holiday on horseback and experience the real gaucho life whilst seeing sites only visible to those prepared to swap the hiking boots for riding boots. Here, we explore some of the best horse riding vacations in South America to entice you to try life in the saddle.