If you are looking to travel soon, there is no better place than Latin America. Consisting of several countries, Latin America has a wealth of natural beauty as well as cultural heritage. This is where the Incan and Mayan civilizations ruled and that history is still visible in the area and people today. Latin America is an understated land full of amazing opportunities.
The Panama Canal is a marvel of trade and commerce. Connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, this canal made it possible for trade to occur much faster than ever before. An easy way to view this canal up close is to take a Panama Canal cruise. This cruise will show you an inside look that you won’t be able to get any other way.
An oasis amid giant sand dunes, Huacachina is a beautiful reminder of water and life. Huacachina is located in Peru and is a natural lake. Sand sports are common among the sand dunes, but the amazing thing about Huacachina is the fact that it provides a constant source of water to all the desert plants and animals.
Made popular by Disney Pixar’s movie, Up, Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world. Found in Venezuela, this waterfall is over 3,000 feet above sea level. You can see these falls for yourself in several different ways. The most common, and easiest, is to fly over the falls. This provides an amazing aerial view of the surrounding area as well. However, if you are a bit more adventurous, you can hike up to the top of the waterfall through the jungle. This provides a more immersive experience, really letting you understand and enjoy the beauty of nature.
If nature isn’t really for you, check out the Belen Market in Peru. The largest traditional Peruvian market in the world, it is located deep within the Amazon rainforest. Once there you can find all sorts of Peruvian spices, foods, textiles, toys, and decorations. Peruvian food is known around the world for its spices and local flair. Travelling to the market, you can try these foods for yourself and explore the Peruvian culture with all of your senses. If you are interested in the culture of Peru and Latin America, this is the place to go.
The Atacama desert is known for many things, one of which is its clear skies. Located in Chile, this desert has some of the best views of the stars. Home to several large telescopes and observatories, the Atacama desert is perfect for anyone interested in doing a little stargazing. The views of the Milky Way, in particular, are stunning. If you live in the city or don’t get to do much stargazing at home, take a night to explore the night sky. You will not be dissapointed.
If you have a fondness for the finer things in life, you have to check out Mendoza, Argentina. Located up against the Andes, this city is known for its wine and steak. Malbec is particularly famous in this region and every restaurant sports beautiful mountain views. Vineyards are open for tours and you can go from winery to winery tasting their wares.
Finally, after all of the nature, cuisine, and wine in Latin America, you would be remiss if you left without experiencing carnival. Located in Colombia, the Barranquilla carnival celebration is one of the largest in the world and has even been deemed a UNESCO site. Carnival mixes African, European, and indigenous people’s music and dance and celebrates the beauty of life and love. People dress in amazingly intricate costumes while the festivities last for days. You can find special festival foods, such as grilled ants, all over Barranquilla. A feast for all the senses, this is a celebration not to be missed.
If you are ready to get out and travel, you have to consider visiting Latin America. With food, music, and nature everywhere you look, there is something for everyone.