Experience authentic culture and offbeat adventures in a land of natural wonders. Traverse the longest mountain chain in the world, journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest and explore the pristine wilderness of southern Patagonia. Study uninhibited wildlife in the Galapagos Islands and marvel at the remnants of ancient civilisations high in the Andes...
For those in search of adventure, the opportunities are endless and diverse across Latin America. The Andes lend themselves to stunning horseback ‘cabalgatas’ - the gaucho’s version of a horseback safari, or epic road trips through ever-changing scenery. Shimmering glacial lakes and ancient monkey-puzzle forests in Patagonia provide breathtaking trekking scenery, with Condors swooping through the skies, and the desert and salt-flats further north could be likened to exploring the moon and Mars.
It’s well worth perusing beautiful colonial cities and becoming immersed in communities that still celebrate cultural heritage with immense pride. A first trip to Latin America would not be complete without discovering the astonishing ruins of the ancient Inca and Mayan civilisations, high in the Andes or concealed within dense tropical forests.
Island hopping in the Galapagos archipelago allows for incredible wildlife experiences; swimming with sea lions and roaming volcanic beaches with giant tortoises. For a real once in a lifetime experience, journey into the Amazon Rainforest with a chance of spotting the elusive pink river dolphin and meeting with remote tribes, whose way of life has little changed in centuries.
Set sail on the voyage of a lifetime to explore the immense scenery and spectacular wildlife of the White Continent. On board a luxury boat, cruise along the stunning icy shores of the Antarctic peninsula, a region that few have had the privilege of exploring, with the chance of getting up close to penguins, whales and seals on Zodiac rides with expert naturalist guides.
Explore with time on your side to experience the beauty of each region of Argentina, from thundering Iguazu Falls to wildlife haven, Ibera, Salta's red deserts and salt pans, vine-sewn Mendoza, Patagonia's snow-capped mountain peaks, icy fjords and lakes, and Buenos Aires - one of the continent's most fabulous cities. The Argentines are just as enchanting as the scenery!
The pristine jungle interior of Belize offers a stunning adventure playground for activities such as canoeing, hiking and birding, as well as concealing magical ancient Mayan ruins. Follow this up with some R&R on the white-sand beaches of the Caribbean coast, with opportunities for fishing, sailing and snorkelling along the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Brazil will captivate you at every turn. Samba flows through the streets of Rio and Sao Paulo, where there’s myriad historic and cultural gems to discover, a cruise on the Amazon River provides an authentic insight into the way of life of indigenous tribes, the Pantanal is second to none for wildlife sightings, and an endless coastline of jungle-fringed beaches, secluded bays and quaint fishing villages offers laid-back beach living at its most glorious.
Chile's spectacular wilderness regions will entice the most adventurous of travellers. From the dramatic mountains, glaciers and fjords of Patagonia, to the volcanoes, salt-pans and flamingo-covered lagoons of the Atacama Desert, and the bucolic Wine Region, there are incredible trekking, rafting, biking and horse riding opportunities for the taking
Colombia conjures images of technicoloured cobble-stone streets, grand colonial towns, lively food markets, tropical forests teeming with birds, empty Caribbean beaches, sleepy fishing villages and lush coffee plantations. From the music to the food, history and scenery, Colombia is a dream to explore. Let us take you off the beaten track for an authentic experience of Colombia.
Central America’s Costa Rica boasts an incredible diversity of landscapes, with both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, numerous national parks, volcanoes and jungle forests. A journey combining its lush interior and rugged coastline will delight those in search of adventure, nature, wildlife and sparkling beaches.
Combine island-hopping in the Galapagos Archipelago on board a luxury yacht, with an exploration of Ecuador’s colonial cities, volcano-studded sierras, the Amazon rainforest and cloud forest. There are amazing wildlife viewing opportunities in the Galapagos, with different nesting and mating seasons taking place year-round, so a cruise can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
Discover colonial history, architecture and fantastic food in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua; culture and heritage in the enchanting small towns and markets on the shores of volcano-encircled Lake Atitlan; and Mayan ruins deep in the rainforest, where exciting jungle adventures include hiking, zip-lining, canopy walkways and 'glamping' amongst the ancient ruins.
Guyana has never really featured on the tourist trail and has been left beautifully unspoilt for it. Predominately 'jungle country', Guyana is a haven for wildlife, particularly endemic birds, and offers incredible experiences immersed in nature, including staying in a traditional Amerindian village, exploring stunning canopy walkways and visiting the mighty Kaiteur Falls.
Visit the world-famous Panama Canal - a marvellous feat of engineering, wander Panama City's charming historic Old Town, stay off-grid in the rainforest for amazing birding, discover rich folk culture, and island-hop in the breathtaking San Blas Archipelago, learning about local tribal traditions.
Peru really is the most fascinating country with such a diverse offering: breathtaking landscapes from the Andes to the Amazon, historic cities, the remnants of the ancient Inca civilisation, UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, endless outdoor adventure opportunities, a burgeoning gastronomy scene and a handful of charming boutique hotels to stay at along the way.
We specialise in tailor-made Latin America journeys, from horseback safaris in Patagonia, to wildlife cruises in the Amazon Rainforest, or trekking deep in the Andes to discover ancient ruins. Contact our specialists to start planning your trip.
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