South America is more widely known for lively Rio de Janeiro, sun-drenched Mayan Riviera and Peru’s Inca Trail. Today South America is a more bio-diverse destination with a range of adventure type activities amongst lush rainforests abundant wildlife, flora and fauna and natural wonders.
Many of the destinations stand in their own right offering more than you’d expect.
The region itself boasts as wide spectrum of wildlife jaguars, ocelots, and pumas; anteaters, armadillos and monkeys; anaconda, caiman and piranhas; whales, seals, penguins and turtles.
The area is becoming an increasingly popular destination for specialist type holidays and with improved tourism and infrastructure in many of the countries you will be surprised at how easy it is now to travel around especially with the huge choice of escorted activity tours available. An escorted tour is highly recommended especially as you will benefit from a tour guide to translate the many dialects that you will come across. Each tour provides accommodation, a mix of attractive guest houses run by locals, rainforest lodges, rural haciendas, beachside cabanas, boutique and five star luxury hotels. Some destinations offer fly drive holidays and where you will also be provided with a knowledgeable English speaking driver.
Whatever you’re looking for, be it browsing handcraft markets of indigenous cultures or admiring colonial architecture and churches, fine dining and luxury accommodation, you will discover so much more.
Latin & South America Activity Highlights
Andean Tours takes you through the Peruvian Amazon on an 11 day tour, and includes rafting, cycling and horse-riding through rugged landscape.
The back roads of Central America a 14 night private tour of the region is well worth getting a taste of the variety on offer in Central America. If you have a special interest in bird-watching, skiing, diving, surfing, hiking, golf and wine-tourism, then Global Getaway can find that perfect holiday for you.
The Amazon Rain Forest with its jungle lodges and guided excursions is a natural way to start your discovery of the Latin Americas and with the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu the region’s most famous trek.
Guyana’s rich rainforest perfect for the explorer with its mystic Kaieteur Waterfalls and a haven for bird-watching with over 10,000 species of birdlife.
Belize is a must for divers as you will be diving in the worlds’ second largest barrier reef and the stunning Blue Hole. Other top spots for diving and snorkelling include Honduras Bay and Corn Islands in Nicaragua and Venezuela’s Los Roques a Latin country with a Caribbean beat and a heavy indigenous influence of its Indian inhabitants.
Mountain bike in and around Ecuador’s capital Quito, includes the 26km Non Alaspungo route into the Cloud Forest and the 24km route into Lloa Palmira’s naturally occurring hot springs.
Nicaragua’s volcanic sledding is a unique activity and coupled with its colonial cities Leon and Granada it’s striking socialist background a stark contrast to the laid back way of living you will see.
Chile, Uruguay and Argentina offer horse-riding tours and where you can stay on the many styles of ranches and estancias to explore the expansive regions and scenery. Vineyard visits while in the north of Chile as well as Darwin’s Trail which offers unusual astronomy tours. For a more sedate experience, why not try Buenos Aires’ gastronomy and wine tasting expeditions.
Tailor-making an adventure holiday is easy as there is so much on offer in Costa Rica’s diverse landscape; cycling, kayaking, rafting, diving and hiking. As you explore, either by caravan towed by a four-wheel drive with driver and guide or by staying in attractive guest house or hotels en route, you will enjoy discovering the secrets of the Cloud Forest, beaches, jungle forest and volcanoes and meeting interesting locals in their villages.
For perfect relaxation, the Mayan Riviera, Cancun in Mexico, Rio’s Copacabana, Ipanema are just some of the more popular beaches though Brazils beaches in the north east, are easy contenders. The world famous carnival in Rio is great way to feel the culture of Latin America first hand, and attracts millions from around the world.
Here at Global Getaway we believe adventure is the spice of life, so let us put some spice into your next adventure so you and your travelling companions can fully experience the culture and customs of this vast continent.