CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Brimming with beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, you will not leave disappointed!
Argentina . Belize . Brazil . Chile . Columbia . Costa Rica . Ecuador . Galapagos Islands . Guatemala . Honduras . Nicaragua . Panama .
Peru . Uruguay
HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Head to the Galapagos Islands for world-class snorkelling and an abundance of wildlife encounters! From the penguins and the sealions, to the turtles and marine iguanas, there is so much to see. For those more daring head to Kicker Rock where manta rays, moray eels, eagle rays, hammerhead and Galapagos sharks are frequently spotted.
Visit the Atacama Desert in Chile – the driest desert in the world! Sitting between the Pacific and the majestic Andes Mountains, base yourself in San Pedro and enjoy all the area has to offer. Visit Moon Valley with its lunar landscape, sand surfing in Death Valley and wait for nightfall – Atacama is one of the best destinations in the world for stargazing!
Head to the Amazon in Brazil and stay in a jungle lodge deep in the mighty Amazon rainforest. The jungle is mostly uninhabited, and its great river is best explored on boat trips and lodge visits.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Given the size of this area, at any point of the year a number of different climates are in action. South America is pretty much a year-round destination, but officially the summer months are November to February. In Chile you can go skiing in July, the high season in Rio de Janeiro is December to March, and avoid Peru between January to March as it’s rainy season.
The weather of Central America is dominated by distinct wet and dry seasons. Temperatures are similar throughout the year, but the wet season runs from June to October and the dry season from mid-November to May.
Brazil never disappoints visitors, from the golden beaches and spectacular natural wonders, to the samba rhythms and bustling city streets. Head to Rio de Janeiro for caipirinhas and sunsets on Copacabana beach, panoramic views from the statue of Christ the Redeemer and amazing street parties at the world-famous Rio Carnival. Head deep into the Amazon rainforest and stay in a jungle lodge, visit the epic spectacle of the Iguazu Falls or marvel at the futuristic architecture in Brasília.
Get lost in a land of outstanding natural beauty, from snow-peaked mountains and lush rainforests, to fertile wine regions, glistening lakes and cosmopolitan cities. Visit remote Easter island to witness the mysterious Moai statues, the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia for giant glaciers, ice fields and lagoons, or Atacama Desert, sitting between the Pacific and the majestic Andes Mountains. Don’t miss the modern capital Santiago and Maipo Valley, home to the country’s oldest and largest wineries.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country with so much to do – whether you’re an adrenalin junkie, a surf enthusiast, in search of incredible wildlife and nature, or just wanting to relax on a gorgeous beach! You can hike a volcano in Arenal, go white water rafting on the River Pacuare, go ziplining in the Monteverde Cloud Forests or view the turtles nesting in Tortuguero. Explore the diverse and wonderful landscapes whilst looking out for exotic wildlife and intoxicating flora and fauna.
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and take a unique trip to the Galapagos Islands, where the landscape and the wildlife are like nowhere else on the planet. The isolation of these islands has meant they have remained largely unspoilt and can be explored on a cruise, or by island-hopping from land. Watch the nesting albatrosses, the lumbering giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and wrinkly iguanas, or head to the water and swim with hammerhead sharks!
By far the most well-known and visited part of the country is the capital Panama City, with the giant Panama Canal linking the Pacific and the Caribbean, as well as the charming streets and Spanish colonial buildings of Casco Viejo. The country also hosts magnificent tropical scenery, untouched rainforest and diverse wildlife. Visit Boquete and the Chiriquí highlands for hiking trails, bathing pools and waterfalls, or the Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro for surfing and snorkelling in the forested coral islands.
Discover the enchanted lands of Peru with mesmerising landscapes, lost civilisations and legendary Inca ruins. Watching the sun break through the mist to reveal the ruins of the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu is on many bucket lists and no trip to Peru is complete without visiting this sacred area! You can arrive in relaxed style by train from Cuzco, winding through the Sacred Valley, or opt for the active route and trek along one of the traditional trails.