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Rio Carnival @ Citywide (Friday, 28th February 2014 – Tuesday, 4th March 2014)
The World's greatest street party – a kaleidoscopic five-day festival of music, dance and Brazilian culture.
Yayoi Kusama Endless Obsession @ Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (until Jan 2014)
This wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures and installations of one of Japan's most celebrated artists chart a journey through minimalism, pop art and the rise of the feminist aesthetic.
Genealogias do ContemporÃ¢neo @ Museu de Arte Moderno (1st January – 31st December)
The Permanent Collection of Gilberto Chateaubriand is on display on the top floor of the Museum of Modern Art titled "Contemporary Genealogies". Bringing some of the leading artists of Brazil from 1920 to 1970, the work is organised in four sections where the viewer is encouraged to explore new perspectives on the modern world, through the eyes of Portinari, Tunga, Tarsila do Amaral and Di Cavalcanti.
All glass and hardwood, Refugia ('The Refuge') showcases the richest and wildest elements of ChiloÃ©, Chilean Patagonia's most enchanting – and little-explored – Pacific island.
Juan, our impossibly charming guide, greets us like an old friend. Boarding a beautiful eucalyptus boat, he enthuses over life on the island – its folkloric history, penguin colonies and pristine beaches. That afternoon, we settle in front of the log fire, steaming mugs in hand, to take in wilderness views over the ReloncavÃ Sound. It is then time to saddle up and explore the archipelago on horseback before returning to hot-stone massages and a table-warping spread of local seafood.
Calling all coffee connoisseurs. Fiona Grant is the heart and soul behind the wonderful Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters. Her search for the perfect bean has taken her across Central and South America, Africa and Indonesia. Standout South American blends hail from Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. All flame roasting takes place in highland Perthshire, where she and her family live, and the end product is always traceable back to the individual farmer who grew it. You can read more and pick up some of their delicious, beautifully packaged coffee HERE!
ArteBA @ La Rural (24 – 27 May)
Buenos Aires' leading contemporary art fair and a crucial date in the diary for South America's galleries, critics, curators, artists and collectors.
Buenos Aires Tango Festival Citywide (13 – 27 August)
The world's biggest tango extravaganza – two weeks of shows and recitals, classes and milongas (dances), culminating in the Tango World Championship.
Vinos & Bodegas Wine Festival @ La Rural (4 – 7 September)
The highlight of the Argentine wine calendar and an excellent excuse to sample the best vintages from across the country.
At the edge of the south Chilean archipelago, almost at the end of the world, sits one of South AmericaÃ´s most remarkable hotels. Chilean architect Pedro Kovacic has transformed a 1915 meat-processing plant into a labyrinth of soaring interiors laden with Victorian-style comforts – each of it 57 rooms feature roll-top baths, king-size beds and mahogany writing desks. The spa is the largest in Patagonia and the hotel restaurant every bit as spectacular as the landscape that surrounds it.
Wake up to floor-to-ceiling views of snow-capped peaks and turbulent seas – ample inspiration for the day ahead and an excellent excuse for breakfast in bed. Heaven for the active-minded, days are filled boating, hiking, pedaling and riding, or visiting the nearby Torres del Paine National Park.
We love supporting locally-inspired projects – better still when they belong to friends. Waddler Clothing is the creation of Philip and Marina Thompson whose travels in South America inspired this fabulous handmade children's clothing range. Gloriously soft, warm alpaca wool – washed, dried, spun and dyed in Bolivia – coupled with irresistible designs ensure maximum brownie points for bambino birthdays and Christmases. Visit Waddler HERE!