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Americas Blogs - Dragoman Overland

Rio Carnival or 'Carnaval' is only 7 weeks away! The streets in Rio are buzzing with anticipation, and street parties or 'carnaval blocos' are starting to pop up all over the city. During Carnival, there are literally hundreds of blocos, day and night; bands playing Samba music, crowds of people dancing, and streets vendors selling snacks and the national drink, Caipirinhas.  Blocos are free to all and found in almost all the neighbourhoods of Rio. Most blocos have a theme and their own music - did you know there's a bloco dedicated to The Beatles?! We have a number of…

Astro-tourism – travel in pursuit of astronomical phenomena – is the latest travel trend and it’s out of this world! Whether it’s to see the Northern Lights, lunar or solar eclipses, or simply to stargaze, more and more people are booking trips to see celestial events. Unless you’ve been completely in the dark, you’re probably aware that the next solar eclipse will take place on 2nd July, 2019. But if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of this rare event, you’ll need to planet in advance, as the total solar eclipse will only be visible in some parts of Chile…

Helen Bateman our Americas expert explains why the W-Walk is now included in all Patagonian itineraries... We’re delighted to now include the famous W Walk as part of all our Patagonia trips.

Hollie, one of our fantastic sales consultants, experienced our ZBR tour recently. Here is her account of what she got up to on the road with Dragoman...

Welcome to French Guiana! The tiny country at the top of Brazil makes up one of the trio that forms the Guianas, along with Suriname and Guyana. An enclave of France, it is still an overseas department and uses the Euro and of course, the official language is French. With a cosmopolitan capital and mix of idyllic beaches and undisturbed rainforest, this is a special place for any avid traveller. Top 5 Experiences; Sail out to Devils Island the site of the infamous penal colony that was brought to the worlds attention by the hugely succesful book 'Papillion'. The account by…

As one of the trio of small countries located in the North East of Brazil, Guyana is unique in that it is the only English speaking country in South America. The capital Georgetown houses a number of incredible architectural treasures from St George’s Cathedral, reputedly the tallest wooden building in the world at 143ft to The High Court, which has a rather battered statue of Queen Victoria outside, The Stabroek Market is also an interesting building, first designed to be a railway station, but following the removal of the railway line (it was sold to Nigeria after independence) it was decided…

Our ever-travelling sales consultant Hollie (below pic, right) was lucky enough to head out to this year's Rio Carnival in February and we've quizzed her on the finer points of her experience at the biggest party in the world... Which hotel did you stay in? ​We stayed in the Hotel Argentina (which is the hotel used for the Independent package) located in the chilled out Flamengo district. The rooms are nice and comfy and have AC, fridge and a safe which was handy. The best thing about the place is the incredible buffet breakfast​ they offer. Apparently this breakfast is legendary with Drago crew who…

Uruguay is the hidden gem of South America - nestled alongside Argentina, Brazil and the Southern Atlantic Ocean, this small country has a population of just 3.5 million, with over half of these living in the capital, Montevideo. So if it’s scenery and escapism you’re after, Uruguay is the one for you! We’ve come up with our top reasons to make Uruguay your next destination with Dragoman: 1. The unspoilt scenery of central Uruguay, there’s literally nothing but fields, cows and trees! 2. Experience the life of real gauchos. Learn their way of life and even learn some of their skills.…

Maybe you’re looking for a great trip with a bit of a difference. Or perhaps you’ve been to South America before and seen some of the highlights, but this time you want to explore a country a little deeper? Our Cuzco to La Paz via Boliva In Depth (trip code ZZC) tour could be just the trip for you. Explore the city of Cuzco as your trip begins before moving on to the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, maybe take a boat ride on the lake and even visit the famous reed islands which the Uros people have made their…