A fascinating continent with endless possibilities and enthralling experiences, from the wonders of Iguazu Falls to the mysteries of the ancient Inca civilisation, there is something for everyone.

The Best of the New World

Peru, the land of the incas, home to natural and cultural treasures, and where incredible historic architecture blends perfectly with world class cuisine. The ancient Inca ruins are considered to be some of the most beautiful sites in the world, especially the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, one of the new Wonders of the World. Although this can be explored hiking the famous Inca trail, for those not so keen on trekking, there is a stunning railway journey available to take you to the summit and experience this dreamlike location.

Peru’s climate and diversity offers unlimited adventure, as you can mountain bike through the stunning foothills of the Andes, row through the Amazonian jungle and sandboard in the desert. When you need a break from the array of activities, you can enjoy the amazing cuisine, with the most delicious dishes best being sampled in the coastal capital of Lima. To accompany this great food, Peru offers a selection of local beverages which are sure to tickle your taste buds. You can experience the wines from the Ica Region, Pisco Sours and the famous Inca Cola.

Consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world, Costa Rica, is a leading destination in ecotourism and sustainability, being home to an abundance of exotic species of mammals and birds. With locals aiming to protect wildlife and preserve natural resources, they are also creating an attractive environment for tourists, through their pristine beaches, unique cloud forests and wonderfully rich coffee.

For explorers, the cloud forest of Monteverde is an enchanting world of coffee plantations, lively monkeys and charming towns, containing friendly people, artisan crafts and interesting restaurants. From here you can make your way to the iconic Arenal Volcano, hiking through the richly diverse rainforest and participating in exciting zip lining and rappelling tours, before relaxing into a soothing hot spring.

For wildlife enthusiasts, Costa Rica has a host of incredible national parks. The Tortuguero National Park is located on the northern Caribbean coast, surrounded by a dense network of rivers, lagoons and beaches, which are major nesting sites for green leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. If it is a more intimate experience you are in search of, then you can explore the lush rainforest of the Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoying impeccable scenery as the capuchin monkeys play in the trees above you.

 

Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America but is a wonderful stopping point, boasting spectacular scenery in the form of mountains, lakes, volcanoes, thermal springs and rainforests. Explore the cobbled streets of the capital city Quito, hop between the vibrant markets of Guayaquil and even visit the town of Otavalo, which prides itself on producing beautiful artisan textiles. Take a step into the extraordinary nature and explore the scenery surrounding Cotopaxi, one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes, taking in the panoramic views. For a different view of the lands experience the Devil’s Nose train journey, which winds its way around the Ecuadorian Andes.

Once you have enjoyed all Ecuador has to offer, the Galapagos islands are only a short hop away and are home to Darwin’s evolutionary theory as well as many endangered species. Swim, kayak, hike and explore this extraordinary landscape, while sea lion pups and penguins play and greet you from the shallow waters.

Stargaze in the driest desert on Earth, sample fine wines from a variety of regions, take a drive on the Austral highway, and eventually arrive at the southern tip of South America. These are just some of the reasons to visit Chile, a vibrant melting pot of cultures, who are all incredibly gracious in their hospitality.

The charming town of Pucon, located in Southern Chile, is best known for its active Villarrica Volcano, which offers visitors the opportunity to ski, snowboard in the winter and explore the surrounding caves and scenic forest area. Another key hotspot for tourists is the magnificent capital city of Santiago, which is a buzzing metropolis, full of boutique hotels, shops, and art galleries, while night owls can enjoy the latino nightlife in the exciting Bellavista. For an authentic cultural experience, visit downtown Santiago, where you can learn about the city’s history in one of their fine museums, or wander through the famous Central Market. For shoppers, you also have the option to visit some of the city’s modern malls in the stylish Alonso de Córdoba neighborhood.

To truly become one with nature we recommend that you visit the Torres del Paine National Park, located in southern Patagonia. Here you will find the largest ice field in the world and the home of majestic mountains and many beautiful lakes, rivers and large glaciers. This location is is a magical journey as you take in a huge diversity of landscapes, observe beautiful wildlife and take in superb scenery, which is a photographer’s dream.

 

 

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