South & Central America

Both destinations have increased in popularity and it is not hard to see why.

CENTRAL AMERICA

There are eight countries within Central America if we decide to include Mexico (which I have as it is a popular destination for tourism)

ALL these countries are amazing. But let’s face it, some places are simply more interesting, inviting, fun, beautiful, friendly, etc.

So, let’s get to the list of the best countries in Central America! Let’ be clear I am referring to the best in terms of most interesting, most incredible, most scenic etc. (maybe not the safest!!)

Number 1. Mexico

There is an endless number of places to explore in Mexico. You could easily spend three months driving through this country and only to scratch the surface. Very popular with the tourists

  • Beaches
  • Mountains
  • Small villages and amazing big cities to explore

Number 2. Guatemala

Highlight to visit is: The ruins of Tikal (incredible as often thought of being better than Machu Picchu)

  • Thick jungles to high mountain roads
  • Massive volcanoes, and wild (and relatively quiet) coastlines.
  • Roads can be a little rough and distances between sites.

 

 

No.3 Nicaragua

A huge concentration of great places to go within a relatively small area, and all surprisingly affordable.

 

  • The colonial city of Leon.
  • Exploring the island of Ometepe situated in the middle of a massive lake.
  • Granada was a great colonial town with plenty to do.

No. 4 Costa Rica

My personal pic – Costa Rica has long been the destination of choice for tourists traveling to Central America for holidays. It’s a country rich in biological diversity, wildlife, and natural landscapes. In other words, lots of fun things to do!! (and it is much safer than other destinations)

  • Camping
  • Adventure sports – white water rafting, zip lining
  • Horseback riding
  • Amazing wildlife

Other countries:

  1. Panama
  2. Belize
  3. El Salvador
  4. Honduras

 

South America

It is divided politically into 12 independent countries— ArgentinaBoliviaBrazil, ChileColombiaEcuadorGuyanaParaguayPeruSurinameUruguay and Venezuela —and the overseas department of French Guiana.

South America offers packages for travel by land and sea or a combination of both.

A little about each country…

South America

It is divided politically into 12 independent countries— ArgentinaBoliviaBrazil, ChileColombiaEcuadorGuyanaParaguayPeruSurinameUruguay and Venezuela —and the overseas department of French Guiana.

South America offers packages for travel by land and sea or a combination of both.

Argentina: In terms of geography, Argentina is an extremely diverse country, encompassing everything from harsh deserts to humid jungles. Stretching from the subtropical north to the Subantarctic regions of beautiful Patagonia in the south, Argentina also boasts a rich cultural, artistic, and architectural heritage that has drawn upon many influences from around the world. With its wonderful “barrios,” including colourful arts neighbourhoods such as La Boca and trendy districts like Palermo, Buenos Aires boasts a distinctly European feel and is the best place to begin exploring (it’s also the best place to learn to tango, that most romantic of Argentinian dances). In addition to its many cultural attractions, the other big draws are the country’s natural wonders, including the huge glaciers of the snow-capped Andes and the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, the world’s largest group of waterfalls.

Bolivia: Lapping the shores of Copacabana, Lake Titicaca is not only one of Bolivia’s most beautiful and treasured landmarks but is also the highest navigable lake in the world.

Travelers flock to the resort town to soak in stunning views of Lake Titicaca, savour freshly caught truchaand explore and what the Inca’s believed to be the birthplace of their empire.

Brazil: where to begin with Brazil being covering so much land mass. Rio Festival and The Amazon are the two main highlights but there are many more. Of course tourists flock to visit Christ the Redeemer in Rio perched high above the city.

Chile: Boasting one of the planet’s most diverse landscapes, Chile has in recent years become an increasingly popular travel destination, particularly among nature lovers and adventure seekers. Here in this long, narrow nation on the west coast of South America, travelers will find an array of stunning scenery, from the tall peaks of the Andes and endless beaches to lush temperate forests, ancient volcanoes, and dramatic coastline such as that found at Cape Horn. Chile is also blessed with an abundance of superb national parks and conservation areas, many of them popular destinations for those into trekking and hiking, as well as travelers who enjoy climbing, river rafting, mountain biking, and horseback riding. But Chile is not without its cultural attractions, too, with cities such as the capital of Santiago offering many fine museums and art galleries, and stunning Easter Island with its famous stone figures.

Columbia: Cast all your outdated ideas aside, like drug wars and gangsters, and you’ll find that Colombia is a nation brimming with confidence and rushing headfirst into a more peaceful and prosperous future. In this land of contrasts, you’ll encounter snow-capped Andean peaks, tropical Amazonian jungles, turquoise Caribbean coasts, and two sun-kissed deserts. You’ll also find a host of spectacular attractions at the places in between, from the bustling cities of Cartagena and Medellin to the quiet colonial villages of Salento and Mompox.

Above all else, the famous Colombian hospitality will undoubtedly find you coming back for more.

Ecuador: More than making up for its small size with an array of indigenous cultures, colonial architecture, scenic landscapes, and dense rainforests, Ecuador is one of the most fascinating nations in South America. Bordered by Colombia, Peru, and the Pacific Ocean and no larger than most US states, this beautiful country attracts climbers, trekkers, adventurers, and nature lovers to its lush, ecologically important forests; wildlife watchers to its famous Galápagos Islands; and sun seekers to its pristine tropical beaches. Once a part of both the Inca and later, the Spanish Empires, Ecuador still displays many influences from both groups, most notably in the rich culture of its people and the splendid colonial architecture of the capital city of Quito, much of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guyana: Guyana, a country on South America’s North Atlantic coast, is defined by its dense rainforest. English-speaking, with cricket and calypso music, it’s culturally connected to the Caribbean region. Its capital, Georgetown, is known for British colonial architecture, including tall, painted-timber St. George’s Anglican Cathedral. A large clock marks the facade of Stabroek Market, a source of local produce.

Paraguay: Paraguay is a landlocked country between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, home to large swaths of swampland, subtropical forest and chaco, wildernesses comprising savanna and scrubland. The capital, Asunción, on the banks of the Paraguay River, is home to the grand Government Palace and the Museo del Barro, displaying pre-Columbian ceramics and ñandutí lacework, the latter available in many shops.

Peru: Peru is a country in South America that’s home to a section of Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. The region around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites. On Peru’s arid Pacific coast is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art.

Suriname: Suriname is a small country on the north-eastern coast of South America. It’s defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture. On its Atlantic coast is the capital, Paramaribo, where palm gardens grow near Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century trading post. Paramaribo is also home to Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, a towering wood cathedral consecrated in 1885.

Uruguay: Uruguay is a South American country known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast. The capital, Montevideo, revolves around Plaza Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. It leads to Ciudad Vieja (Old City), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and Mercado del Puerto, an old port market with many steakhouses. La Rambla, a waterfront promenade, passes fish stalls, piers and parks.

Venezuela: Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America with diverse natural attractions. Along its Caribbean coast are tropical resort islands including Isla de Margarita and the Los Roques archipelago. To the northwest are the Andes Mountains and the colonial town of Mérida, a base for visiting Sierra Nevada National Park. Caracas, the capital, is to the north.

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