Entries by Kate Wharton

Costa Rica -Muriel’s Kitchen

“I have five children” Erenia explains in a quiet voice. “We were homeless. We slept on the streets, in churches, in doorways, I had nothing.”  During my travels in Costa Rica, I had the good fortune to be introduced to an extraordinary charity that is helping the lives of hundreds of children and families. CEPIA […]

Black Bear, Canada

Bottoms Up

“If you could find us a bear and cub that would be really fantastic,” I said casually to our skipper, Alan, stepping on to the boat. We set off on a beautiful May day from the mouth of the Bedwell River, the location of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on the British Columbian coast, in search of […]


Swimming with Whale sharks in Mexico

“This is not an everyday experience” reminded our guide when asked if we want to go in again. The last time I went snorkelling, was in Belize. There, I achieved an impressive Arab spring out of the water into the boat when my husband mentioned there was a large black grouper approaching my right foot.  […]


Steppes Big 5: Gastro Experiences in Latin America

Latin American food is as expansive and contrasting as it is flavourful and robust. Its colourful history and diverse culture all culminates in a wonderfully rich and exuberant cuisine. Here are a few areas of interest to whet your appetites and perhaps ignite a desire to travel muy pronto! 1. Mexico Mexico is renowned for its cuisine and whether […]


My Guilty Secret

Standing on the board walk feeling the stifling humidity of the YasunÍ National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, I am chatting to a lady who is a guest of a nearby jungle lodge. I ask where she is staying and if she is enjoying the accommodation – which she is and she returns my […]


Another visit to Quito

I arrive in Quito after a long but seamless journey bleary eyed but excited to be back in the capital after 9 years. The sun is just setting as we drive towards the city. The new airport has been built to the north with longer runways allowing for larger jets to operate. Ecuador is growing. […]


Mexico’s Copper Canyon and Baja Sur

If you are looking for a different kind of holiday then the Copper Canyon, Mexico is the destination. You need time, but as I discovered on my recent familiarisation trip, the effort is hugely rewarding, and you can relax and pamper yourself in a 5* luxury beach resort on Baja California afterwards. The Copper Canyon […]

Rediscovering Central America

I have just returned from a fantastic familiarisation trip to Central America – my home from home, visiting three fascinating countries Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Each country offered its own delights and there was always something new and exciting to visit. I travelled south crossing the borders overland from Honduras (briefly into Guatemala – […]