Latin Amer­ica tips

Dis­cover new ideas for the travel year

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Promotional Feature -

From Padding­ton-in­spired Peru to wal­let-friendly Ar­gentina, Cen­tral and South Amer­i­can spe­cial­ists Jour­ney Latin Amer­ica will help make this your year of ad­ven­ture

Find­ing that next big trip is the en­dur­ing co­nun­drum. Every year, coun­tries across the globe serve up fresh new ex­pe­ri­ences, but they can be hard to track down. That’s where Jour­ney Latin Amer­ica come in. With nearly 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence send­ing de­lighted trav­ellers around South and Cen­tral Amer­ica, the spe­cial­ist tour op­er­a­tor knows plenty of places across the con­ti­nent that have some­thing to shout about. So here’s what they say should be on your wish­list…

Peru

The re­lease of Padding­ton 2 had us fall in love with Michael Bond’s cre­ation all over again. With a new Padding­ton Bear book cel­e­brat­ing its hero’s 60th an­niver­sary hit­ting shelves in 2018, it seems only right to visit the coun­try and the na­tive ursines that in­spired it all. The cloud forests of north­ern Peru are a play­ground for the spec­ta­cled bear, though it wouldn’t be right vis­it­ing Peru with­out also taking in any of the pre-columbian cul­ture of Cusco or the iconic Machu Pic­chu.

Ecuador

The coun­try’s cap­i­tal, Quito, marks 40 years of UNESCO pro­tec­tion in 2018, so mark this an­niver­sary with a road trip as a lap of hon­our. Plus, Jour­ney Latin Amer­ica is the only UK tour op­er­a­tor of­fer­ing a self-drive Ecuador ad­ven­ture, ex­plor­ing the An­des’ back roads and giv­ing you ac­cess to its colo­nial cities and wild land­scape un­der your own steam.

Ar­gentina

Wal­lets re­joice! Low-cost flights landed in Buenos Aires for the first time this year, throw­ing Ar­gentina into a friend­lier price bracket. This lets you fo­cus on the good stuff, from grac­ing the cap­i­tal’s tango bars and spy­ing glacial sights in Patag­o­nia, to sip­ping Mal­bec in Men­doza or feel­ing the spray of the Iguazú Falls on your face.

Chile

It’s a big year for Chile: 2018 marks the coun­try’s 200th an­niver­sary of its in­de­pen­dence. Help them see in the year in style by soak­ing up all that makes it great. Gaze up at the stars pierc­ing the fa­mously dark sky of the Ata­cama Desert, hike primeval forests and moun­tain peaks in Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park and sate your palate in the coun­try’s wine re­gion.

Colom­bia

Since 2016’s his­toric peace agree­ment, much of pre­vi­ously off-lim­its Colom­bia opened up to vis­i­tors. Head to Unesco-listed Carta­gena for cool Caribbean charm or the smart parks and plazas of Medel­lín, while the cof­fee re­gion of Ar­me­nia of­fers plan­ta­tion vis­its, so you can get a glimpse into the pro­duc­tion of the coun­try’s favourite drink.

But wher­ever you choose to travel, Jour­ney Latin Amer­ica will be on hand to help. With their award-win­ning tai­lor-made ser­vice send­ing their trav­ellers to – and across – the en­tire con­ti­nent, they’re guar­an­teed to make your next jour­ney an un­for­get­table one.

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