South America, a vast continent of contrasting landscapes, from Patagonia with its endless wild, windswept expanses with towering mountains and giant glaciers that sweep down to turquoise lakes through to the driest place on earth, The Atacama Desert, one of the most astonishing and extraordinary landscapes of purple shaded volcanoes, crusty salt flats and spewing geysers. Add to this the Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, Lake Titicaca and Machu Pichu, perhaps the most breath-taking archaeological site in the world, you start to realise just how difficult it is to see all that South America has to offer in a single trip. So much so that it makes sense to choose just one or two countries for your first visit rather than cram it all in and find yourself spending more time travelling than actually seeing the sights.
Argentina, Peru and Costa Rica are 3 of the more popular destinations in Central and South America at present, all with much to offer, here are a few reasons why to help whet your appetite.
Known for the Tango, Gauchos, Patagonian Glaciers and the
stylish European-style capital of Buenos Aires.
Flanked on one side by the craggy Atlantic coastline and on the other by the towering Andes mountain range, the diversity offered by Argentina is a traveller’s dream. The subtropical rainforests, arid deserts and sprawling wetlands of the north stand in stark contrast to Patagonia’s colossal glaciers, ice fields and boat trips to the end of the world. In between lie wide-open pampas, glistening lakes, pristine vineyards and the most stylish capital city in Latin America, enriched with European heritage. It is a country which welcomes hikers, culture lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and intrepid explorers alike.
Home to the ancient Inca civilisation, Peru combines stunning mountain scenery of the Andes with a fascinating Spanish colonial history and vibrant modern culture.
Peru reveals a country defined by its people and their interaction with the land, the Glorious Inca citadels, perched high on hilltops, overlook dramatic gorges and valleys and unlock the secrets of an advanced civilisation.
Your story develops in the Sacred Valley, where the descendants of Incas preserve traditional ways of life, and on the colourful island communities of Lake Titicaca, where timeless customs and lifestyles are observed. Your guides in Cusco will show you the Spanish cathedrals and mansions built upon the foundations of sacred Inca temples, the living embodiment of the 16th century conquest.
Your trip might lead you into the Amazon to discover life in the jungle and cruise through the unique flooded forests. Perhaps you’ll choose to soar over the Nazca Lines, the mysterious symbols of the pre-Inca civilisation, or to come face-to-face with majestic Andean Condors in the Colca Canyon.
The Pacific coast, the central mountain range and the Caribbean coast, generate a wide range of habitats, ideal for birdwatching. National Parks protect these habitats and stylish, character lodges offer excellent facilities for you to explore.
Costa Rica has long been renowned as a compact, modern and politically stable country, but that’s not what is attracting record numbers of visitors to its shores. With both a Pacific and a Caribbean coastline and a verdant and volcanic interior, planning a trip here involves the difficult task of selecting, from a very long list, which unforgettable experiences you simply cannot miss. Picture yourself seeing baby Green Sea turtles take their first steps in Tortuguero, hiking past sloths in Corcovado or exploring the ancient lava flows from the Arenal Volcano. Imagine getting a birds-eye view as you zip line through a cloud forest canopy or checking in at one of the country’s famed luxury eco-lodges, surrounded by tropical jungle. Travellers are visiting from all corners of the globe, and with new direct BA flights from London, there has never been a better time to visit
Amity Travel has many years of experience in tailoring itineraries to fit with their clients personal needs from simply helping to choose the right escorted tour to putting together intricate and complicated itineraries. With a wealth of experience and vast knowledge of touring holidays all around the world, it makes perfect sense to discuss your options and start planning your holiday in the comfortable surrounds of the Amity Travel office.
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