Entries by James Armitage

Carretera Austral: taking the long road

The Carretera Austral is one of the most remote and stunning off-piste road journeys in South America, if not the world. Starting from Puerto Montt, the 1270 km-long Carretera Austral road crosses over rivers, national parks, forests, fjords, glaciers and flower-filled mountains. It ends in Villa O’Higgins at the foot of the Southern Ice Field […]


Costa Rica – A Whale Song

“We will be leaving at 7a.m. sharp tomorrow” reminds Steven, the General Manager of Casa Corcovado. I am on the Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, in a region cited by National Geographic as one of the most intense biological places on earth. The ecosystems here, range from wetland to mangrove to rainforest and […]

The Perfect Antarctic Morning

Our boat, The Hebridean Sky headed off from the Gerlache Straights into Wilhelmina Bay, where we found ourselves surrounded by tall snowy peaks and dramatic glaciers flowing down to the water’s edge. A large collection of windblown ice bergs, caught up in the sea ice, had started to crack and melt into crazy shapes and different […]

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Exploring Secret Patagonia – Tagua Tagua Park

Tagua Tagua Park lies just three hours’ drive south east of Puerto Varas, in the Chilean Lake District. It is a Private Protected Area (APP) that opened to the public just three years ago. Last year less than 850 people visited Tagua Tagua Park, so this is virgin tourism territory. Exploring this wilderness of ancient […]

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Malbec in Mendoza

Mendoza is located on the border between Argentina and Chile, at the base of the highest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua at an altitude of 6,962m. The views are stunning; from the lines of grape covered vines, the tall swaying poplar trees there to protect the vines to the stunning back drop of the snow-capped […]


Brazil Holiday: Discovering the Pantanal

If, like me, you love wilderness and open spaces then the loneliness and vastness of the Pantanal will move you deeply. Yet there is far more to the Pantanal than openness – it is the world’s largest tropical wetland area hosting a number of ecosystems and covers up to an estimated 75,000 square miles. Importantly this […]

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A Gastronomic Mendoza Holiday

The Argentinians take their meat seriously; so too their wine. Given that Mendoza is the gastronomic and wine capital of the country, my expectations were high. My Mendoza holiday did not disappoint. Flying into Mendoza, I was immediately struck by the views – from the lines of grape-covered vines, the tall swaying poplar trees to […]


Our Steppes: Colonial Mexico & Pacific Coast

My journey to Mexico, allowed for a small glimpse of what this huge and fascinating country has to offer. The silver cities, just north of Mexico City were great to explore and experiencing the colonial history of the area passing through central Mexico; the cultural home of Mariachi, sombreros, Rodeo and Tequila, before ending on […]

Happy 12th Birthday Steppes Latin America

Steppes Latin America celebrates their 12th anniversary today. We started from humble beginnings on the 1 February 2000 in a small office in Clapham joining the Steppes Africa team making a total of 5 in the office. Head office has always been close to Cirencester and since 2001 based in the centre of Cirencester. I […]


Brazil Whale Watching

Having recently returned from my holiday to Brazil, I wanted to share the new places I discovered and the amazing whale sightings. Having flown into Sao Paulo, we were transferred the 2 and a half hours to Fazenda Catucaba. This is an old building dating from the 1850’s that was formerly a coffee farm and […]