Just about the time North Americans are donning their winter woolies, summer comes to South America. For Northerners seeking a winter escape, Uruguay and its closest neighbors, Brazil to the east and Argentina to the west, offer an array of destinations to consider.
After decades of uncertainty, international tourism in Colombia has rebounded big time. Since 2000, the number of foreign tourists visiting Colombia has increased 10% each year and in 2014 saw a jump of 14% according to the country’s trade ministry. The reason to go now is obvious. Tourists who catch Colombia’s popularity on the upswing will be rewarded with the opportunity to experience its many attractions without the crowds.
Peru is a country with forty mountains higher than 19,000 feet, making it a hiker’s paradise. Of course, the supreme mountainous attraction is the hidden Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. This magical place turns history buffs into adventure travelers and vice versa. Most visitors start their travel to Machu Picchu in Cusco and along the way stop off at some of the astonishing sights of the Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley because of its spiritual importance to the Incas. The valley floor and hillsides are known for their Inca ruins, picturesque villages and colorful indigenous markets.
Planning a Galapagos trip isn’t like putting together an independent itinerary to another destination. Here all stops are approved by the Galapagos National Park Service and limited to official land and marine visitor sites to protect the wildlife. So many different kinds of travelers visit the Galapagos Islands these days, new vessels and itineraries keep being added to suit a wide range of interests.
Only 50,000 tourists travel to Antarctica each year. To put that in perspective, 85 million travel to France. Bucket lists could change that, but still, Antarctica’s tourist crowd will likely remain tiny. Many who have traveled to Antarctica say their trip was the best vacation they’ve ever taken. That’s quite a statement when you consider that anyone who visits Antarctica has probably already been to many of the world’s other incredible destinations. Here are some of the reasons why people consider Antarctica the ultimate.
Planning a Patagonia vacation is a challenge, in part because the area is so vast but also because its sights are so numerous. First decide whether to visit Chile or Argentina or both. You can’t go wrong. Both countries offer their own pleasures. Here are some to ponder that may help you choose.
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