See tigers on a Go Slow trip to India's Satpura National Park
See tigers on a Go Slow trip to India's Satpura National Park

Travel Agenda: where to go and what to know this week

New hotels and tours, plus how to get into the Olympic spirit without going all the way to Rio

Tuesday 02 August 2016 10:53

Best of Brazil

Not heading to Rio this summer? Get your fill of the Olympics at the Embassy of Brazil in London, which will be showing live footage of the Games in its pop-up Rio Lounge. Open to the public Monday-Saturday, 6-20 August, the lounge will also host special tastings of Brazilian food and drink on certain days. Free entry.

Ciampino alert

Travellers heading for Rome in the second half of October – coinciding with half-term – could experience problems. The city’s second airport, Ciampino, is closing for 14-29 October for runway resurfacing. Ciampino is the main base for Ryanair, Italy’s largest airline; it is switching some flights to the overstretched main hub, Fiumicino, and cancelling others.

See South America

Amakuna has launched a new private tour through little-explored areas of southern Colombia. Starting in the “White City” of Popayan, the itinerary also includes the archaeological site of Unesco-listed San Agustin, and the Tatacoa Desert, among other locations. From £2,950pp for seven nights including flights, accommodation, transfers and entry fees.

Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

Talk the talk

Abercrombie & Kent founder Geoffrey Kent will appear in conversation with his childhood friend, the paleoanthropologist, activist and conservationist, Dr Richard Leakey, at London’s Royal Geographical Society on 27 September. The one-off event will feature the pair sharing stories about their lives and travels, and the challenges facing wildlife conservation. Tickets £25.

Balearic beds

Palma de Mallorca has a new boutique addition to its accommodation scene. Set in the Jaime III Avenue shopping area, the 57-room Nakar Hotel has modern interiors, a spa and a rooftop infinity pool, as well as a restaurant and bar with views over the bay. Deluxe rooms come with their own hot tubs and private terraces. Doubles from €168.

Nakar Hotel

Slow and steady

Naturetrek has launched a new range of Go Slow holidays, designed for enjoying the natural world at a relaxed pace. Each trip is centred in one location, with no long drives, easy walks and plenty of time to relax. Itineraries include an 11-day tiger-spotting trip to central India’s Satpura National Park (from £2,995pp with flights), and a nine-day break in Trinidad, with the chance to see birds and butterflies, among other wildlife (from £2,495pp with flights).

What a carry on

LittleLife has two new baby carriers aimed at parents who want to travel without a pushchair. The Traveller S3 and Premium carriers are designed to meet most airline hand luggage requirements, and zip up into a normal backpack once the child is out. The design is compact, with an X-buckle harness, toy loops and a soft face pad if the child falls asleep. From £119.

LittleLife Traveller S3

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