Latin America Travel Guide

Latin America is on the rise. In 40 years Mexico and Brazil will be economic powerhouses – but why wait until then to visit? From the Rio carnival in Brazil to small town markets in Guatemala – this is a land where the latest fashions blend with ancient traditions. Before Europeans arrived, the Incas and the Aztecs governed large, complex civilisations which rivalled Europe in terms of sophistication and infrastructure. Their legacy is still visible in Machu Picchu’s breathtaking architecture or in Mexico’s sumptuous cuisine.

Today, Latin America is home to Mexico City – a sprawling but vivid celebration of chaos and colour. South of Mexico are the white-sand beaches of Costa Rica, the 184-mile barrier reef of Belize, the dramatic volcanic landscape of El Salvador, and the enormous Panama Canal. In South America, Colombia’s Caribbean coastline inspires artists and tourists alike, as the country rebuilds its position on the tourist circuit. In neighbouring Venezuela, the Andes meet the Caribbean at the Orinoco River, while the Amazon rainforest spreads south into Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. The “world’s most dangerous road” winds from Bolivian mountains down to the Yungas valleys, while further south the spectacular Iguazu Falls sits on the border between Argentina and Brazil. The barren Patagonian plains – home to prehistoric cave paintings - meet the end of the world at the Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of the Americas.

Latin America Travel Guide Highlights
Cartagena street, Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena is a fine colonial city, with a history of piracy and slavery.
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Lake Titicaca, Peru,
The world's highest navigable lake is home to reed boats and island communities.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
South America's premier archaeological attraction, with the gringo capital of Cuzco close by.
Salvador, Brazil
Salvador, Brazil
Brazil's party city is a World Heritage Site with colonial architecture and an African soul.
The Copper Canyon railway, Mexico
Copper Canyon, Mexico
A rail journey to remember and one dizzily deep canyon.
Diving in the Bay Islands, Honduras
Bay Islands, Honduras
Dreamy Caribbean islands with fine coral and excellent cheap diving.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Unspoilt and isolated, Kaieteur Falls is where the Potaro rivers dives 228 m off the edge of the jungle.
Capybaras in the Pantanal, Brazil
The Pantanal, Brazil
One of the best places to see wildlife in South America.
Teotihuacán Mayan ruins, Mexico
Teotihuacán, Mexico
The third largest pyramid in the world.
Colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua
One of Latin America's most appealing colonial towns.
Salar de Uyuni (Salt Plains), Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world's largest salt lake is surrounded by red and green lakes, flamingos and volcanoes.
Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine, Chile
These mountains offer hardcore trekking at the very bottom of the Andes.
Lake District, Chile
Lake District, Chile
Beautiful sheets of water are overlooked by forests and volcanoes; perfect for all adventure sports.
Cotopaxi volcano, Ecuador
Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Herds of wild horses and llamas are often found beneath the snow-capped volcano of Cotopaxi.
Parrots in Parque Nacional Corcovado, Costa Rica
Parque Nacional Corcovado, Costa Rica
One of Central America's best-protected rainforest reserves.
Canaima, Venezuela
Canaima, Venezuela
A strange, lost world of table-top mountains, savannahs, and the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls.
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Lake Atitlán and Chichicastenango, Guatemala
The sheer beauty of Lake Atitán is near to Chichi and its top-notch market.
Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The city of tango is also famed for its fashion, steak, nostalgia and wine.

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