Top 8 Latin America Experiences
Latin America is a world of fire and ice, sprawling cities with European flair and awe inspiring, natural landscapes. Spanish, Portuguese and British colonial cultures come together with the ancient native civilisations. Unravelling the mysteries of the Mayans, following in the footsteps of the Incas, partying with the Brazilians, learning the tango in Argentina or meeting the mystical Moai of Easter Island are just a few of the highlights of this enchanting, unforgett able land.
Travel to Machu Picchu by train
Built in the clouds on a mountain by the Incan Emperor Pachacútec in the 15th Century, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu, is revered for its impressive architecture, fascinating history, breathtaking sett ing and mysterious origin. Take a spectacular train journey to the ruins on the Vistadome train or hike the legendary Inca Trail to this citadel, recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Meet the Uros people
The ancient tribe of the Uros precede the Incas and live on unique floating islands on the tranquil waters of Lake Titicaca. According to legend, the Uros existed before the birth of the sun and they are shrouded in mythology.
See the Mindo Cloud Forest
Enter the enchanting world of Ecuador’s Mindo Cloud Forest, enveloped in rolling mists and a two-hour drive from Quito. Creeping vines hang from towering trees dripping with moss and a carpet of emerald is splashed with colourful bromeliads. This tropical forest is home to mountains, streams and waterfalls and plays host to fragrant orchids, over 500 species of birds, monkeys, peccaries and pumas.
Discover the Galapagos
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on an adventure around the Galapagos Islands. Discover diverse terrains, from Santa Cruz’s mangroved shoreline to Santiago’s black lava. All our Galapagos cruises feature on-board naturalist guides to tell you about the islands’ nature and wildlife during the daily excursions.
Have lunch gazing at a glacier
Enjoy lunch in a truly spectacular location on this full day cruise. Cross the beautiful Lake Argentino, cruising past the ice floes to the dramatic terminus of the Spegazzini Glacier where you will enjoy lunch and drinks.
See the tumbling Angel Falls
Visit the stunning Canaima National Park and explore during a safari, looking for jaguars and cougars, giant anteaters, giant ott ers and giant armadillos. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can visit the ‘tepuis’ which are raised plateaus that are millions of years old with vertical walls and almost fl at tops. The sheer cliffs that these table mountains create feature awe-inspiring waterfalls, including the world’s tallest, Angel Falls, where water tumbles down about 980 metres into the river below.
Learn the seductive tango
Sample a unique Argentine tradition and learn the art of the sexy tango, which originated in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Immerse yourself in the music and the romance of this beautiful dance, discovering the history and picking up some basic skills from qualifi ed teachers.
Stay on an estancia
In the vast grasslands and pampas of Argentina lie numerous estancias, great ranch houses surrounded by extensive farmland used for livestock and crop farming. Prior to the 19th Century, the gauchos – the Argentine equivalent of cowboys – made up the majority of the rural population and were nomadic in nature, riding and hunting wild cattle before the ownership of land became more defi ned in the 1800s. Now you can experience life on a genuine working ranch, staying at Estancio El Rocio.