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Everybody is looking for something different when they go travelling. Some people look for a relaxing break on some sunny sandy beach and luxury hotels. Adventure travelers look for an exciting world class adventure in a busy and lively city, enjoy food scenes and stay in a boutique hotel. While family friendly people look for an opportunity to get away from the noise of modern life in the weekends.

If you fall in the latter category then you might be searching for more nature-based and quaint destinations than the typical traveller. Here in this blog are some of the best places to visit in the world for a serene trip and be in your bucket lists.

1. Samoa

Samoa was the chosen destination, not because of a particular preference but because of an air offer that was too tempting for us. Samoa gave us much more than the beaches that showed us the tourist brochures, and for that reason it seems like a fantastic destination, especially if you are in New Zealand or Australia.

To those crystal clear waters and golden sands, there are waterfalls, jungle, volcanoes, lava fields and, for us, the great attraction of traveling to Samoa, the traditions and lifestyle (Fa'a Samoa) that are preserved much more authentic than in other neighboring islands. In addition, it is the second cheapest destination in the Pacific after Fiji.

If your motivation for traveling to Samoa is only beaches, there are other much cheaper places in Southeast Asia. But if you are also interested in the culture of Polynesia and be part, even for a few days, of one of those remote corners where mass tourism did not arrive, then start planning.

Upolu is the most populated and modern island, where Apia (capital) has Faleolo International Airport and Lalomanu is the most tourist beach. At the western end is the Mulifanua port, from where ferries leave for Savai'i. Salelologa is the port and town where practically all the services are (markets, ATMs, bus terminal, hotels). There is also a dock where boats go to Manono and another point (it can not be called pier) for Apolima.

Manono is easy to get from Upolu but gives the feeling of being lost in the middle of the ocean. Between Pago Pago, the capital of neighboring American Samoa (US territory), and Apia, there are ferries. And if you want to go to one of the most remote destinations in the world, twice a month there are boats to Tokelau, an archipelago of 1500 inhabitants that administratively depends on New Zealand, but culturally much closer to Samoa.

It is a hard trip of 24 to 32 hours when the wind is in favor, which explains the isolation of these islands. The place that handles all the information related to the ferry to Tokelau is the Tokelau Apia Liaison Office, which is close to the Clock Tower of Apia. The only way to have an estimated date before traveling is to write from the Government of Tokelau page, if they respond, but once in Apia you will be able to have more data. It is definitely a trip only for those who are very convinced.

Samoa is synonymous with Fale when it comes to lodging. These typical beach constructions are wooden huts with straw roof and mosquito net, ranging from the most basic ones with a mattress on the floor and winding curtains instead of walls. A cheap hotel in Apia is around USD 15 to 20, and a simple fale on the beach is at T 70-100 per person including breakfast and dinner (cheaper in Savai'i).

Eating at the stalls of the markets will cost between T 5 and 10 per meal. The local beer, Vailima, costs between T 3 and 4.

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2. Mexico

Mérida in Mexico is a city with its own identity very different from other places in the country. A cross between the Mayan culture and the Spanish culture, the capital of Yucatan is known for having the second largest historical center in Mexico. Walk or rent a buggy to tour the historic center and the Paseo de Montejo, noticing the architectural contrast of its buildings or to the Mayan ruins in Yucatan peninsula. Try the delicious dishes that have made Yucatan cuisine so famous.

Riviera Maya from the south of Cancun to the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve, is the most important tourist destination in Mexico and a favorite of travelers when it comes to travel to Caribbean. Here we will give you the best tips to travel to the Riviera Maya on a budget and best places to visit in Mexico.

In some beaches of Tulum you can also find ecological cabins at a good price, there are even areas for camping. In Cancun you can also camp in the Isla Blanca area. You cannot miss a traditional and economic dish from the Yucatan Peninsula, which is the cochinita pibil. It is very common to see places of cakes and cochinita tacos, both in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Seeing the beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya has a very great disadvantage. You will not be dazzled by any other beach in the world. In Cancun, hotels are located in the center of the city. Among things to do in Cancun, Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is held every year at the Mamita's Beach Club in Playa del Carmen.

In Playa del Carmen, the most expensive hotels are those that are next to the beach. Among things to do in Playa del Carmen, 20 kilometers from Playa del Carmen is the one known by the ancient Mayans as Las Golondrinas, an ideal place for diving due to its unique coral reef. To get to the Cozumel Island we can take the ferry that leaves every hour from Playa del Carmen.

In the center of Cancun, in Playa del Carmen and Tulum there are many hostel options. Two hours from Cancun, in the State of Yucatan, is Valladolid. There is also a tequila tour and another Chocolate tour. In the middle of the city of Valladolid there is a beautiful open-air Cenote Zaci. The Xkekén is one of the most famous cenotes in the world since it has been photographed by National Geographic.

But on the other hand the Cenote Samulá that is 100 meters away from the Xkekén also has its own. To see both cenotes you have to descend stairs, you have to be careful not to slip, because they are always wet and there are rocks around.

If you want to swim you can take your swimsuit and in the craft markets that are next to these cenotes you can rent the life vests if you want to use them although it is not mandatory. The food is simple, not for demanding, but if you want to taste typical Yucatan food here you can do it, for example, some motuleños eggs, cochinita pibil, papadzules, salbutes, lime soup. Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam, are about 30 minutes from Valladolid and are the best places to go in Mexico.

In Chichen Itza we can discover the great knowledge that this culture had of the stars, highlighting the ball game and the observatory, among others, without forgetting the Kukulkan pyramid, where each equinox can see the serpent ascending its steps. Nohoch Mul pyramid built in honor of the descending god Ah Muu Zen Caab is the highest in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. The ruins of Coba surround it.

Sac Actun River has eleven cenotes, natural cavities of crystalline water in the calcareous soil, considered as the entrance doors to the underworld by the Mayans. One of the best is the Ecological Park of Xel-Ha. Very close to the park, specifically in the Akumal Bay, we can practice underwater fishing with a bottle, surrounded by lobsters, corals and balloon fish.

The Ecological Park of Xcaret has in its interior a great variety of fauna of the area distributed in different spaces where jaguars, spider monkeys or manatees, among other species, campan at ease. But the main attraction offered by this park is the possibility of diving among sharks. Recognized until very recently as the spiciest chilli in the world, the red pepper variety Savinas Roja is a challenge for diners.

But the cuisine of the Riviera Maya offers much more and is that Mexican cuisine is famous throughout the world and that of this area, specifically, offers specialties such as tikinxic (barbecued fish), the pan de cazón (cazuela de fish) or the curried shrimp. As for drinks, the most typical cocktail here is the cocoloco, an explosive mixture of five different liquors served in a coconut.

The coasts of Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima are dotted with tourist destinations that offer endless activities and beautiful hotels for all budgets. Besides being one of the closest beaches to Guadalajara, Manzanillo is also the most convenient option in many other ways. Manzanillo has dozens of beaches suitable for bathers. The most traditional are Olas Altas, Miramar, Santiago and La Audiencia.

San Patricio Melaque is a paradisiacal destination with calm waters, natural environments and a typical Mexican fishing village. The town of San Patricio Melaque, is located in the extreme coastal south of the state of Jalisco. It is 4 km northwest of Barra de Navidad, on the Costa Alegre, within the Christmas Bay in the municipality of Cihuatlán.

Here it forms the trinomial of conurbated towns of San Patricio, Melaque and Villa Obregón, and is better known as San Patricio Melaque. This quiet and traditional town, in its center has the small church with its spiky tower, the typical square with its kiosk, the clock tower and the fountain of the dolphins, all shaded by palms and ornamental trees.

In the surrounding streets you can find most of the craft shops, beachwear and products for tourist use. The main beach called Melaque has soft, golden sand, and it is bathed in gentle waves. The coast is adorned with umbrellas and coconut trees, and small rocky cliffs line the ends. Towards the continent it looks high mountains of brown tones during the dry season and green in the rains. In front of the beach, restaurants abound, where you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood.

Chiapas is one of the most exciting states while travelling in Mexico that offers its visitors the warm treatment of its people. The magic of its places and an extensive culture are aspects that can easily be appreciated in each city or town that make it up. Discover its majesty by exploring its archaeological sites and let yourself be conquered by its natural beauty.

During the last decades, Chiapas has presented an intense development due to its tourist and commercial activities, having a primary role sites like Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tapachula, Palenque and Comitán. You can enjoy quietly while planning a vacation with your family, or, practice sports extremes, hiking, rappelling and rafting, among others.

Thanks to the enormous projection and investment derived from its versatility, Chiapas is the venue for events such as the Tapachula Mesoamerican International Fair and the Sumidero Canyon Marathon. In addition, it has first class spaces for the realization of congresses, including the Convention Center and Polyforum, which makes this destination a wide range of options for the traveler to travel mexico.

Tijuana is a city located northwest of Mexico, on the border with the United States. It is the most diverse city after Mexico City, making it an important cultural center of the country. In addition, it is the headquarters of hundreds of maquiladoras of international companies.

Tijuana is an important tourist city and the most well-known attractions are the Tijuana Cultural Center, the Municipal Institute of Art and Culture, the House of the 9th, the Place of the Nopal, among others. Also, visit the Playas de Tijuana and La Mesa delegations to enjoy nature.

The Tijuana International Airport is located about 10 minutes from the city center. Its surroundings have various service centers such as hotels, restaurants and land transport terminals to different destinations in Mexico. Tijuana is a destination to visit throughout the year, although in summer temperatures can rise considerably.

Take advantage of the Tijuana Interzona and Mexican festivals like Expoterquila Festival in October, the Northwest Literature Festival and All My Friends Music Festival in November. Visit the Teotihuacan pyramids, known as the City of the Gods, with a specialized guide.

Being early in the morning you can avoid the crowds of tourists and the long queues, which will allow you to enjoy the squares, the murals and the majestic atmosphere in the morning's tranquility. You can visit the famous monuments, such as the Mexican Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. You can also make a stop at an obsidian factory, where you can taste a wide variety of liquors.

Mexico remembers its dead in style in one of the most unique and representative festivals of its popular culture. Skulls, flowers, and a lot of color stain every corner of the country in a mixture of Aztec traditions to celebrate the Day of the Dead, from October 31 to November 2. In the Mayan culture, the skulls embody rebirth and, far from generating fear, have positive connotations.

In states like Guanajuato, Morelos and Mexico at this time sugar skulls are sold everywhere like alfeñique sweets, a kind of candy based on cane sugar, and filled with chocolate. Santa María Cuautepec colony, in the municipality of Tultitlan is a few hours north of the federal district of Mexico, and they say that it has the largest statue of Santa Muerte in the world.

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Cabo San Lucas is a popular holiday destination at the tip of the Baja peninsula, with luxury resorts, trendy restaurants and miles of beaches. Cabo San Lucas is the southernmost city of the peninsula of Baja California and is one of the places with the best beaches in Mexico. It has excellent boutique hotels and world-class restaurants, but the most beautiful is its collection of lush beaches. In addition to Cabo San Lucas, there are also Los Cabos (San José del Cabo).

The main tourist places of San José del Cabo are Plaza Mijares, the Town Hall, the House of Culture, Mission Church, Puerto Los Cabos, the San José Estuary and the Art District. Also known as the Aquarium of the World, the Cabo Pulmo National Park is located 2 hours from Los Cabos and is one of only three living coral reefs that are North America.

To travel by car to Cabo San Lucas, the ideal is to take the Transpeninsular highway that goes from Tijuana directly to Los Cabos. If you do not have a car, you can take a bus in Tijuana that will take you directly to your destination. Los Cabos International Airport is one of the busiest in Mexico. This air terminal connects with many domestic and international flights from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Toluca, Monterrey, Culiacan.

To enjoy a complete maritime experience, you must board a ferry that travels across the Sea of ​​Cortez from the ports of Topolobampo or Mazatlan, in Sinaloa, to the port of La Paz. From there you can travel by bus to Los Cabos. Although it seems strange, the summer in Cabo San Lucas is not as crowded.

Among things to do in Cabo San Lucas, it is ideal to go with family, make sandcastles and play volleyball. There are beach umbrellas available for rent and cold beers throughout the day. It is the favorite place for surfers because the big waves abound and the currents are unpredictable. This is NOT an ideal beach for swimming because you could suffer an abrupt fall, and also for tropical storms that originate in the south.

Playa del Amor has a stretch of beautiful sand and some impressive rock formations. The beach offers an impressive view, with its turquoise waters dotted by these peculiar rocky structures. The beach faces the Sea of ​​Cortez, famous for being the aquarium of the world, by the French explorer Jacques Cousteau. The area surrounding the beach is brimming with marine life and is popular with divers.

On the contrary, Playa del Divorcio is extremely dangerous for swimmers. However, it is highly recommended for its sunsets, which are truly spectacular. This stretch of clean white sand is located on the Pacific coast, a few steps from Playa del Amor. Divorce Beach or Playa del Divorcio is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, but is often dangerous for swimming. There are strong currents and waves breaking.

Playa Solmar is known for its majestic golden stretch of sand. It has strong and unpredictable currents which means that swimming is not always an option. Undoubtedly, the most famous beach in Cabo and the safest to swim is Playa Medano. It is characterized by calm, transparent waters and impressive views . The beach has designated bathing areas and a wide selection of hotels, bars and restaurants.

The beautiful Médano beach is an excellent beach in Mexico that looks towards the rock formations of Land's End and the famous Arco. The gentle waves make this beach perfect for water sports. You can also rent equipment to enjoy kayaking and jet skis. The Sea of ​​Cortez has incredible species that you can see when you dive or snorkel . There are excellent places that are accessible to dive like El Chileno Bay.

Among things to do in Cabo, popular activities include surfing, kayaking, sport fishing, whale and sea ​​lion sightings. In addition, you can have a fun adventure in Canopy so that you can enjoy, from the heights, the beautiful flora and fauna of the region. Los Cabos is one of the main tourist destinations enjoyed by golf lovers. In addition, many of them were designed by important characters in the sport such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.

In addition, it is there where the best bars are concentrated, therefore, the best nightlife in Cabo San Lucas. You will also find restaurants with international food and typical Mexican food.

3. Nicaragua

Nicaragua has some of the best preserved and isolated dive sites in the world. From the rocky reefs of San Juan del Sur in the Pacific to the virgin corals of the Corn Islands, off the Atlantic coast, Nicaragua offers diverse, world-class diving. Corn Island and Little Corn Island are the physical representation of the Nicaraguan Caribbean paradise.

Connected to both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, there is a wide range of possible marine encounters. You can swim with eels, angores, sharks, rays, groupers and African pompano along the 12 km of coral reef in the Caribbean Sea. Hit the best immersion of Little Corn, Blowing Rock, or the popular alternative and closest to the edge of the White Holes. For more adventurous shark finders, Shark Hole is a network of tunnels and swimming under the reef, home to black tip sharks, bulls and reefs.

For those looking to mix, there is also freshwater diving in the volcanic craters of Apoyo and Xiloá. Usually, this is for more experienced divers but if you can go, you can simply glimpse one of the more than 10 species of fish not described there. And while hitchhiking is a commonplace, women traveling alone should be careful, especially when carrying all their luggage.

The live and happy culture of the Nicas, combined with its relaxed rhythm as the Caribbean, make this country a refuge of hospitality for all types of travelers in homestays, airbnb or resorts.

4. Costa Rica

Costa Rica borders the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and is a paradise for divers from around the world. This exceptional terrestrial diversity is also true underwater, where there are hundreds of species of vertebrates and invertebrates. These elements make Costa Rica one of the most beautiful destinations for a diving vacation.

Costa Rica is one of the most recommended countries to travel. Costa Rica offers numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in wildlife, either by snorkeling to see fish in the small natural pools at low tide or observing monkeys and toucans from the hanging bridges of the cloud forest of Monteverde. Cruise the seas to watch whales on the coast of the Osa Peninsula, or chase butterflies in the La Paz waterfall.

In fact, you can choose between Manuel Antonio or the Guanacaste area. Manuel Antonio has beautiful sandy beaches to rest while the children are entertained watching the monkeys in freedom jumping from branch to branch. In contrast, Guanacaste predominates the largest and most complete resorts with all kinds of amenities and activities for the family.

Costa Rica has several volcanoes that can be visited in its mountainous interior. But the one you can not miss is the Arenal, which stands out majestically among a sea of ​​clouds. It is a zone very rich in thermal waters, has a huge lake, waterfalls and enough activities.

The Manuel Antonio National Park is a good choice for children, with well marked trails, abundant wildlife and a jungle that leads to a beautiful beach. You can see toucans, sloths, turtles, the green frog with red eyes or the fascinating quetzal. The Pacuare River is considered by the National Geographic magazine as one of the best rivers in the world for rafting.

Among the things to do in Costa Rica, you can visit a coffee plantation in the highlands of the Central Valley, near San José. You can see how it has grown and how coffee is somehow the story of Costa Rica. Do not buy the souvenir coffee at the airport. You have to go through a market if you want good quality.

There is not a typical way to stay in Costa Rica. There are endless. You can stay at all luxury in 5 star resorts or in small charming inns or on a ranch or farm or in a wooden hut in the treetop hotel in the middle of a forest.

Located 500 km from the coast of Costa Rica, it is only possible to access Cocos Island, the ancient island of pirates via diving boat. This territory includes some of the best diving sites in the world, with exceptional biodiversity and an impressive density of pelagic species, particularly sharks, rarely seen elsewhere. However, keep in mind that it is essential to plan your trip, so as not to miss the beauties of Cocos Island.

In fact, the climate is sometimes unpredictable and species vary seasonally. This paradise island is a protected nature reserve. It is possible to access it from Drake Bay, where there are numerous dive shops offering scuba trips for the day. Underwater, it is possible to find white-tip sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of other fish species.

In Costa Rica, you will also find other beautiful places to discover the beauties of the Caribbean Sea, such as Playas del Coco, Playa Tambor, Hermosa or Cahuita. In the province of Limón and bathed by the Caribbean Sea is the small town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Not long ago this was a very quiet fishing village but when the surfers discovered their waves and the travelers their beaches there was no going back!

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small town that has grown to the rhythm of tourists and today is a spa with all the amenities and services where the protagonists are the beaches and, of course, its proximity to the Cahuita National Park. Its charm lies in the mix of indigenous, Latin and Afro-Caribbean Bribri cultures and the rhythm and relaxed atmosphere of its streets.

At the rhythm of reggae you can walk the few blocks of the town, stop to take a Pilsen in one of the many bars, taste the local cuisine or buy some of the crafts. On the Caribbean coast, Punta Uva near Puerto Viejo is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica or Tambor beach, in the Nicoya Peninsula. In the North Pacific zone it is advisable to go surfing to Tamrindo beach in the northern province of Guanacaste. It is also ideal for beginners.

5. Panama

Panama, located in the center of the Western Hemisphere, borders the Caribbean Sea. There is no more universal claim of Panama than the amazing, magnificent and incredible engineering work that connects two great oceans, Atlantic and Pacific. The Panama Canal is one of the best shortcuts in the world, and extends along 80 kilometers from Panama City, the capital of the country, on the Pacific coast, to Colon, in the Atlantic, crossing the continental divide.

Panama City is Latin America in all its splendor with ceviche, casinos and a lot of buildings that are stacked on top of each other, silhouetted against the horizon. The most cosmopolitan capital of Central America, surprises with a coast of blinding blue and glittering skyscrapers reminiscent of Miami.

Get soaked with the foam of the waterfalls near the highlands of Santa Fe. Visit one of the seven indigenous tribes of Panama. Live the fantasy of being a castaway in Guna Yala, whose virgin islands have barely been trodden, or resti on a wild beach on the Azuero peninsula. For many surfers obsessed with top-notch waves, this is paradise. Underwater, another world begins to be discovered by scuba diving.

Panama is full of paradisiacal diving places with turquoise and transparent waters. Great white sand beaches of panama city, small coves or even beaches near a hotel residence or restaurant, you will always find the ideal beach in Panama. Among things to do in Panama, the Coiba island is a great destination for a diving trip.

It is a huge natural reserve, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Coiba National Park is a protected area that hosts a great variety of marine life. This large island, surrounded by coral reefs, shelters various forms of tropical underwater life. More than 700 species of fish have been recorded here, including snappers, barracudas, serviolas and billfish.

Contadora Island is the main access point for many dive sites. Several rock formations and coral cultures are characteristic of diving. Needless to say, it is not unusual to find pearly oysters. It is an exposed dive site and the currents can be very strong, but large snappers, jacks, tuna, sharks, whale sharks and stingrays are located in this place.

Bocas del Toro offers pristine conditions that are well protected by the country's national park system. Several dive sites operate from the small town of Bocas, taking divers to caves and rock formations, all less than an hour by boat from the shore. The archipelago of Bocas del Toro is dotted with coral reefs and bathed by calm and warm waters.

Colorful soft corals and sponges harbor a variety of life like cappuccino, arrow crabs, nudibranchs and many more. You can see the nurse, the reef sharks, the manta rays and the snappers patrolling the reefs. Boquete, center of adventures and mountain retreat in equal parts, is a magnet for expats, retirees and travelers of all kinds.

Guna Yala, formerly known as San Blas, is a comarca. Of course, this trip can also be done by rental car, but make sure it's in SUV as there are sections of track in very bad condition. Once on that road, you will be 40 steep kilometers from the port, so you will need a new transport to get there. The only option here is to hitchhiking.

Arrive at the Puerto de Cartí, from where the boats leave for the islands of San Blas. Although depending on the tour you choose, you will visit one or another island, most of the trips begin, end or stop at Fragata Island. Like the others, Isla Perro Grande has its dream beaches. Although its name seems to indicate the opposite, Diablo Island is another of the natural jewels that the San Blas archipelago hides.

6. Jamaica

if you are going to travel to Jamaica you may be interested in knowing these tips. Jamaica is a small territory that is located in the Caribbean Sea and very close to the Island of Cuba and Haiti. The land of the legendary Bob Marley, the reggae music or the sportsman Usain Bolt are some of the things that are known about this small Caribbean country.

Here, you will be lucky to meet some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and enjoy a tropical climate that you will surely love. The best beaches of the Caribbean Sea are waiting for you in Jamaica. After a short tour of the country you will need some time to relax, and the best place to do it is at one of the beaches in the region, such as Bloody Beach, the most famous, Hellshire Beach or Cornwall Beach.

In addition, in all of them you can carry out numerous activities, such as horseback riding in the water or swimming among dolphins. Enjoy a dream vacation surrounded by the most incredible coasts you've seen. White and fine sands and crystal clear waters are the main characteristics of the beaches of Jamaica. Jamaica is also art.

With the influence of European, American and African culture, the island located in the Caribbean Sea enjoys a multiculturalism unique in the world and yet to be discovered. In the city ​​of Montego Bay, known to locals as Mobay is the Doctor's Cave beach. The name, little reassuring all is said, is that of Dead End Beach.

About 30 minutes by road from Montego Bay, you will find one of the most exciting places to visit: the Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon. It is a lagoon whose microorganisms light up blue, when there is movement in the water. Negril is the modern Jamaican destination, with its varied and varied accommodations and reggae nightclubs. Spend the night to the music that Bob Marley made internationally famous.

A mandatory stop is the Bob Marley Mausoleum which is located in the small town of Nine Mile very close to the city of Ocho Rios. Drop by the waterfall of Puerto de Antonio or the magnificent Blanco River. You cannot miss the opportunity to walk the beautiful trails of the Blue Mountains, very close to the capital, through which you will discover a completely unique natural environment.

Do you love tasting exotic flavors? The restaurants in Jamaica is characterized by a unique cuisine in the world and that will surely surprise you. Cities such as Kingston, the capital, Ocho Rios or Montego Bay are some of the best places to stop to rest and relax with a drink. In any of the Jamaican restaurants you will have the pleasure of tasting traditional Jamaican dishes such as Patty or Ackee and Salfish.

7. Dominican Republic

Located north of the Dominican Republic, the Puerto Plata region is one of the most fascinating destinations in the Dominican Republic. Its numerous tourist and leisure centers (Ocean World, Cayo Arena, Ensenada Beach, Playa Dorada, Encuentro Beach) make this privileged corner of the Caribbean country, one of the most popular among tourists who choose the island to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

The region of Cabarete and its paradisiacal coasts are the best attraction for lovers of kite boarding, wind surfing and water sports. Its seabed can not only be enjoyed by experienced divers and divers. Cabarete is also famous for its sand castle competition and its jazz festival, which is usually held at the beginning of November.

Sosúa beach is one of the most paradisiacal of the Dominican Republic and is among the main tourist spots of the Caribbean. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and protected by a large barrier reef.

8. Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe offers first class hiking, superb beaches, the best diving in the Caribbean region and a series of remote, almost virgin islands. Each of the islands of this fascinating archipelago offers something different without sacrificing its rich Franco-Caribbean culture and identity. The two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are linked by a mangrove.

Grande-Terre, the eastern island, has a series of coastal cities with beautiful and quiet beaches, and a wide range of activities, while the western, mountainous Basse-Terre, hosts the fantastic National Park of Guadalupe, crowned by the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano. To the south of the main island territory, several small islands provide a vintage flavor.

From the pure relaxation of La Désirade to the suggestive village atmosphere of Les Saintes, they all have their own personality and complete the long list of attractions that make Guadalupe such a unique destination.

9. Dominica

With waterfalls, jungle, sulfurous springs, secret pools, rivers, reefs and coast, this untamed natural island promises unusual adventures. This volcanic island covered in virgin rainforest is a green backdrop for intense experiences, such as walking to a bubbling lake, relaxing in sulphurous hot springs, showering under a waterfall, diving or swimming in narrow gorges.

With its rugged coastline, dense jungle and hidden caves, Dominica was traditionally a haunt for pirates, so it is not surprising that it was chosen as the location for the Pirates of the Caribbean saga; the second and third films were filmed in Titou Gorge, Soufriere, the Indian River and Batibou Beach.

In many ways, Dominica is the anti-Caribbean island, having escaped mass tourism because it has very few sandy beaches, not a single ostentatious resort and no international direct flight. The Dominiqueses are so kind that they usually stop visitors to wish them a happy stay.

On the other side of the Trafalgar valley, linked by a road on the Blanc river, Wotten Waven is famous for its natural thermal springs. Dominica's trek par excellence, and one of the hardest, is the 6-hour round trip to the second largest boiling lake in the world (the first is in New Zealand). At the beginning of the path to Lake Boiling, an orifice gives access to the narrow Titou Gorge, which flows into a torrential waterfall.

Champagne reef is one of Dominica's most unique underwater landscapes with volcanic bubbles cross the seabed and emerge as drops of liquid crystal. The compact, noisy, chaotic but vibrant capital of Dominica is located between the coast and the Roseau River. Reggae music floods the alleyways that bustle with daytime animation.

10. Barbados

Barbados can boast of being one of the most emblematic and popular paradisiacal places in the world. Crane Beach is one of the most famous and, in fact, is included in the list of the 10 best coastal areas in the world. Of course, before diving into this bay should prepare to withstand the strong waves that whip. Moreover, it is advisable not to go with children.

For its part, Brownes Beach is a large bay that starts from the nation's capital , Bridgestown. It is ideal to relax, take a dip and have a drink in one of the bars. Harrison's cave has become one of the greatest attractions of the Caribbean country. Inside, the Great Hall stands out, a huge room full of gigantic stalactites and stalagmites.

Another of its most emblematic rooms has been called The Village because of its extraordinary resemblance to a town that could be inhabited by fairies. If that is true, these same nymphs could bathe in the sparkling waters of the stream that irrigates this geological prodigy.

Rum had its origin in this small island. The locals learned to obtain it from the fermentation of sugarcane. There you can still visit the oldest traditional alembic on the planet. The distillery Mount Gay Distillery opened its doors in 1703, when this tasty elixir still lacked a name and was often referred to under the pseudonym of devil-killer.

11. Trinidad and Tobago

You have to prepare for the calypso, the cricket and the carnival when you travel to these Caribbean islands better known for bird watching than for the beaches. Trinidad and Tobago are a beautiful contradiction. In Trinidad, virgin mangroves and rainforest-covered hillsides coexist with refineries and industrial estates.

Tobago has everything you would expect from a Caribbean island, like palm trees and white sand. Combined, the two islands that make up this republic offer unparalleled conditions for bird watching; diving; hiking in rain forests, swimming in waterfalls and cycling; and an electrifying nightlife, with a fabulous carnival that is the best and most colorful of the annual celebrations of the region.

The capital, Port of Spain, is an excellent place to socialize with Trinidadians, catch up with soca music and watch a cricket match, and only a short trip separates it from the beaches of Maracas Bay. The fishing village of Speyside, in Tobago, overlooks Tyrrel's Bay and attracts divers and birdwatchers, as well as being the starting point for excursions to uninhabited islands.

The village of Blanchisseuse, on the north coast of Trinidad, is a magnificent base for hiking, especially to Paria Bay.

12. Aruba

Ornajestad is located on the picturesque southern coast of the island of Aruba, and is the capital. It is a perfect place to walk, shop and enjoy its restaurants. With tall multi-colored houses, carved wooden doors, typical Dutch tiles with outdoor patios, and the fusion of Dutch and indigenous cultures, it has an unparalleled charm.

Enjoy its beautiful beaches, visit the Wilhelmina Park, the Arikok National Park, the Bird Sanctuary of Bubali or the Grotto of Lourdes. You cannot miss the excursion in Atlantis Submarine, from where you can see corals and multicolored fish at a depth of up to 50 meters. Transportation in Aruba include taxis, public buses and a new tram system that takes you free to the city center.

Discover the island by car, on an ATV tour or on a jeep safari to visit the emblematic places of Aruba as you pass the colorful cunucu horses. Enjoy the coast or the countryside on horseback. The Archaeological Museum in the heart of Oranjestad located inside a beautifully restored village house. This museum preserves the Amerindian heritage.

It is also worth visiting the Aloe Factory and Museum, located in Hato. It tells the story of how Aruba Aloe Balm became the world leader. There is a similar but smaller museum, located in the center of San Nicolas, the second largest city in Aruba. Aruba's traditional music is a mix of waltz, dance, mazurka and tomb, which is played during festivals and holidays including Día de Betico, Flag Day and the National Anthem, Dera Gai and the weekly Bon festival Bini.

The local community and visitors to the island mark their calendars on the hottest days of the annual music festival, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival, and the Aruba Piano Festival. Both the hotel area and the city center offer trendy places and varied clubbing nightclubs where you can find from karaoke nights and martini bars to sophisticated bistros and pubs.

Typical Aruban dishes include bread bati (a cornmeal bread), carni stoba (stew meat), and keshi yena (stuffed cheese).

13. Antarctica

Traveling to Antarctica is the dream of many, the destiny that seems most unattainable. Most people do not even consider a trip to Antarctica and, if they do, they think it will be very expensive, that it can be done only if you work in National Geographic. However, I also notice that the information on the Internet is not abundant.

To answer these questions and others, I share this Antarctica travel guide where I will try to cover everything. If there is something else that you want to know, you can leave it in the comments. Travel to Antarctica on an Antarctic cruise to visit a place in the world that has remained virtually unchanged since the time that Aristotle first exhibited the idea of ​​Terra Australis.

What can be done in Antarctica? In an Antarctica expedition get the opportunity to explore one of the places in the world with the densest concentrations of animal life, seals, whales, and hundreds of penguins. On board semi-rigid boats called zodiacs, that allow to approach the Antarctic landscape of a more direct way, to see icebergs face to face, travelers are transported to the mainland.

Penguin colonies, scientific bases or sites of historical relevance, such as ruins of whaling stations, are usually visited. In case you are looking for a more private experience, it is possible to travel to Antarctica on a sailboat. It is a much more exclusive experience, but also more hardcore.

Can I see emperor penguins in Antarctica? Regarding the fauna, in any cruise it is possible to see Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. The king penguin can be seen if the itinerary includes the South Georgia Islands. To see emperor penguins you will have to hire a specialized cruise that arrives more to the south than regular cruises and offers this kind of visits.

It is also possible to see humpback whales, the Minke whales and the Antarctic killer whales, leopard seals, albatrosses and cormorants among other birds.

Are there polar bears in Antarctica? Although it is a very common question, bears belong to the fauna of the northern hemisphere in the same way as penguins to the southern hemisphere, so it will not be possible.

Can I see aurora australis in Antarctica? Although the logic would say yes (being in a pole the auroras exist), the certain thing is that for it it would be necessary to travel to the Antarctic in winter from March to September and to go more to the south, and that is outside the tourist possibilities. Trips are made in the spring-summer season, when there is more light, and that prevents the show. It is easier to see Aurora Australis from Tasmania, in Australia, or New Zealand.

Just one thousand kilometers away, Ushuaia is the closest port to visit Antarctica. Others that do it from other ports in South America, such as Montevideo (Uruguay), Puerto Madryn or Punta Arenas. In high season, some itineraries and add more visits to the route, including Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

A limited number of cruises are operated to the Ross Sea side of the continent departing from Hobart, Australia or Lyttelton or Bluff, New Zealand. Occasionally a trip to the Peninsula will be offered that begins in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth (South Africa), either at the start or end of the season as the ships are being repositioned for the Antarctic season.

While there are companies operating from South Africa, New Zealand or Australia, the frequencies are lower and the distance increases the travel days and the budget. Therefore, it is best to travel to Antarctica from South America.

Is it expensive to travel to Antarctica? Antarctica is accessible during the months of October to March that is, in summer of the southern hemisphere. On the other hand, the dates of Christmas and New Year in Antarctica are always reserved well in advance, so the rates go to the clouds. There is no formula to travel for free to Antarctica, nor are there magic potions to get tickets at a free price to Antarctica. Antarctica is an exclusive destination.

Although it is possible to travel to Antarctica with family, it is not recommended to take children under 12 years old on board. It is a long journey, in which there will be hard sections to navigate and the conditions will be a bit extreme for children under that age. They call them expedition boats but most trips to Antarctica are actually luxury cruises so they are never cheap, but the cheapest fares are the last minute ones.

Do I need a visa to travel to Antarctica? No, although if you want you can seal your passports as a souvenir in some scientific bases. Antarctica does not belong to any government and, therefore, all nationalities are welcome. Do I need to take money? While cruises include all meals and basic expenses, it is always good to carry something extra either to buy a souvenir, to drink a whiskey with Antarctic ice or send a postcard. Keep in mind that everything is traded in dollars.

What clothes do I have to carry to Antarctica? Although most companies provide snow boots (some even offer a gift coat), it is important to travel with the right clothes. Think that Antarctica is very cold, even in summer, and it is better to be well prepared. The essential is to dress in layers.

This is equivalent to saying stockings, shirts and thermal pants to start dressing. Then snow pants, hats, scarves, waterproof jacket (the higher the waterproof range, the better), hooded parka (better if it covers the waist, for the moments when you have to be sitting on the zodiacs), gloves. Take a bathing suit too. Although it is usually amazing, it is possible to bathe in some islands and that is an experience that must be had, even once in a lifetime.

If you do not have all those clothes, you do not need to put on one more expense. In Ushuaia you can rent snow clothes prepared for these trips.

Where do I sleep in Antarctica? There are no hotels in Antarctica, although some operators offer inland expeditions sleeping in tents (not just one night as on cruise ships). There are many bases of scientific research in Antarctica but it is not possible to sleep in them as a tourist.

Other tips for traveling to Antarctica:

Take a lot of Dramamine. The movements of the Drake Passage are very violent and can test even the strongest stomach. Many times doctors on board deliver medicine for seasickness, but it is better to go prepared from home.
Take sunscreen and glasses. On sunny days the reflection in the snow can be blinding. Do not forget protection for your photographic equipment. Remember that they are extreme conditions.

If you are interested in an adventure option, ask if it is included or find out its price. The most common are kayaking and camping, although there is also mountaineering and skiing. Kayaking in the Antarctic waters and among wild animals or camping where almost nobody has done it can be unique experiences, but not all expeditions foresee them, they are almost never included in the price.

If you have time, read before traveling. Although on board lectures are always offered by scientists and historians, these talks are usually in downtimes, such as crossing. There is a lot of bibliography available. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make the most of it.

Antarctica trip itinerary

Day 1. Ushuaia

During the afternoon embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina), the southernmost city in the world, located on the banks of the Beagle Channel and start navigating along this scenic canal for the rest of the night.

Days 2 and 3. Sailing to Antarctica

During these two days sail through the Drake Passage. Once you cross the Antarctic convergence you will be in the circumpolar Antarctic surge zone. In this area it is possible to see different types of albatrosses. Next to the South Shetland Islands see the first icebergs.

Days 4-9: On the Antarctic Peninsula

Sail directly to Antarctica, passing by the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel, between the Brabant and Antwerp islands. Navigate through the Neumayer Canal next to the Base Camp. The protected waters of Winke Island will be the playground for all activities. In the middle of this alpine environment there are great opportunities to explore the region on foot, in zodiac and kayak.

Trekkers will be able to use the snowshoes to cross the coasts and the mountaineers will find attractive challenges ascending mountains and reaching impressive panoramic points. Visit the old British scientific station, now a museum and post office, in Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Very close to there, it is possible to offer a landing in Jougla Point where gentoo penguins, blue-eyed cormorants, leopard seals and crabeater as well as whales nest.

Sail the spectacular Lemaire channel to the Booth , Pléneau and Petermann islands where you can find Adélie penguin and blue-eyed cormorant. In this area there are good opportunities to find humpback and minke whales. The opportunities for kayaking, walking on glaciers and mountaineering are excellent in this area.

In Puerto Neko disembark in the Antarctic continent, in a magnificent landscape with a huge glacier and enjoy the surroundings during the zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. Walk on the ice to reach greater heights on the glacier. We will spend the night in Paradise Bay, camping on the coast.

Days 10-11. At sea, back to Argentina

Northbound, get accompanied by a large selection of seabirds as you cross the Drake Passage.

Day 12. Ushuaia

Arrival in Ushuaia in the morning and disembarkation.

14. Peru

Peru is one of the cheapest travel places and most popular destinations in South America. It is a land that has history, ancient heritage which attracts visitors over the world. Peru is a destination that can be explored at the cheapest package price. You can visit Peru for a day trip for $ 349. There is much more things to do in Peru besides Machu Picchu.

You can visit Lima, the capital city while traveling Peru. Lima is also known as the city of kings. First-time visitors should visit the local museums to know Peru's depth of history. Santa Cruz trek is a popular 3 or 4 day trip with backpack on the shoulder through the heart of the impressive Cordillera Blanca of Peru and most travelers use Huaraz as a place to establish their base.

The best time to do the Santa Cruz trek is from May to September, but if you go out of season, you are likely to see fewer people. The classic Santa Cruz trek begins in Cashapampa and you walk towards Vaquería. The path to the beginning of the trail is spectacular when entering the Huascarán National Park, passing the Llanganuco lakes and ending the curves towards Portachuelo de Llanganuco.

Along this road is also the starting point of Laguna 69. The oasis of Huacachina, is very close to the city of Ica. The water of the lagoon of the Huacachina, is of a green difficult to define. The lagoon has all the tourist attractions like pedal boats, canoes. Huacachina has a boardwalk that makes the journey easy. During the walk you can see the dozens of restaurants, bars, hotels and tourist agencies, and also the lagoon of course.

If you have time then you can visit Rainbow Mountain for hiking. Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world drives most people to visit Peru. You can visit Machu Picchu via Inca Rail. You will have to buy your ticket in advance to visit Machu Picchu as limited tickets are available. You can also purchase it online.

The town of Urubamba is a stopover in the heart of the Sacred Valley, essential for lovers of Inca history. Its position is strategic, on the banks of the sinuous Urubamba River, facing the snowy summit of Chicón and submerged in the valley full of greenery of the Incas.

Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek is one of the best routes that exist in Peru. The Vilcabamba region is located Northwest of Cusco, in the La Convencion province, in the eastern mountain range of the Andes. The first stop is the impressive ruin of Choquequirao, known as the sister city of Machu Picchu and recently ranked as one of the 20 best travel destinations by National Geographic. The site rises over the rivers Río Blanco and Apurimac, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Along the way you can observe the snow-covered peaks of Padriyoc and Wayna Cachora. In Capuliyoc, you will be able to see condors before starting to descend through the Apurímac Canyon. The Colca Canyon is a must if you go to southern Peru. It is the second deepest in the world. Arriving at the Colca Canyon on your own is a little more complicated, but not impossible.

First you have to get to the bus terminal in the city of Arequipa, from there trucks go to the town of Chivay. In Chivay you can find where to stay, eat or relax in the hot springs of the town, but the most important thing is that from here you can start the route of the viewpoints, reach the cross of the condor and other nearby towns.

Lake Titicaca is located in the Andean high plateau (Collao plateau), on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Located at 3,800 meters above sea level, it is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest in South America. The surroundings of the lake were inhabited by pre-Inca populations, highlighting the Tiahuanaco kingdom.

The most interesting archaeological remains of these cultures are: the Inca cemetery of Sillustani with huge stone towers (12 meters high) built as the last home of the Inca nobles; the temple of Chucuito, where you can find a series of sculptures in stone with phallic forms dedicated to the cult of fertility.

15. Bolivia

Sucre has it all, stunning colonial buildings, picturesque neighbourhoods, museums, magnificent views, tasty food, pleasant weather. Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries to travel in the world.

At the entrance of the Bolivian Amazon, Rurrenabaque or Rurre for everyone, is the ideal starting point for a trip through the jungle or the pampas. Every year, on February 2, the town celebrates the festivities in honor of the Virgin of La Candelaria, the cultural activities that this festival includes is a representative of the region; Cock fights, bullfights, horse races, etc.

In recent years it has become popular with international tourism (ecotourism), as it is an easy gateway for visits to the Madidi National Park (Bolivian jungle), as well as the surrounding Pampas. Take time to go around the agencies and compare the prices and programs of the tours of the Pampas and the jungle where the Beni River converges, in the vicinity of the Madidi National Park, the foothills of the Andes and the endless plains of the tropical forest.

It is considered the third most visited tourist destination in the country, after Lake Titicaca (La Paz) and the Salar de Uyuni (Potosí). Rurrenabaque got known worldwide at the beginning of the 80's, when a traveler who lost in the Benyan jungle for 20 days managed to survive feeding on the fruits he saw the monkeys eat, with the snake meat and taking care of the threats of the jaguar. After being rescued by a hunter, he recounted his experience in a book.

Arrive in Rurrenabaque after traveling for 22 hours dirt roads, crossing 500 kilometers of bumpy roads, suffocated by the dust to end up smeared with mud. See everything during this trip from La Paz, mechanical breakdowns, punctures, hours and hours blocked behind trucks stuck in the mud. Get devoured by mosquitoes, a dangerous road that grazed ravines without bottom.

The flight from La Paz only lasts 40 minutes. Think about it well when you are preparing your trip to Bolivia. But Rurrenabaque deserves it, as this is a different Bolivia. Here it is humid and oppressive. You are far away from the freezing cold of the nights of the Salar de Uyuni. I recommend that you come here to see it.

Not necessarily for the city itself, but because this is the perfect place to go out to see the pampas or the jungle. Take a tour of the numerous agencies to find out which one best suits your expectations.

The Imperial Villa of Potosí rises to more than 3900 meters above sea level and extends under the shade of what was one of the richest mountains in the world. It is Cerro Rico or, in its Quechua voice, Sumaj Orcko in which you can participate in the customs and beliefs that have miners, for example the Challa (toast) with alcohol, coca and cigarettes in honor of the Tata Ckacchu.

It is precisely because of this abundance of silver that came from the bowels of the hill that the saying this is worth a potosí was made, popularized later by Don Quixote, meaning that something has great value.

In the outskirts you can make a trekking to the lagoons of Kari-Kari. An excursion that is worth it if you have extra time is to Torotoro National Park where you can see dinosaur footprints, fossils, visit the caves of Umajalanta all framed by an incredible natural environment that has a large canyon and waterfalls.

Also known as the Tarapaya Lagoon, it is a lagoon of volcanic origin in whose center the water reaches 30ºC. Tupiza is the southern gate of Bolivia and although it is located 90 km from Villazón (first city entering from Argentina), it is the obligatory point for those who want to visit the mythical Salar de Uyuni.

In my opinion, it is not in the border where one enters Bolivia but in this small city located in the Tupiza River Valley. Whether on foot, by bicycle or with excursions in 4×4 vehicles, one enters the gorges and the different rock formations of the Machos Valley; the Sillar; the Tower and the Quebrada del Inca (In Argentina there is another ravine: the Quebrada de las Conchas that you will like to see as well).

A few kilometers away is the town of San Vicente, where the bodies of the famous American bandits Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid rest. In the month of January, on the sixth day, the Kings' Day is celebrated.

16. Brazil

Are you thinking about going on vacation to Brazil? Here you can experience magical moments in a perfect combination of sun, beaches and excellent weather. The aromas of the Atlantic forest, warm waters and the white sand beaches of Brazil are flavored with the joy and hospitality of the Brazilian people.

Each region of Brazil is highlighted by tourist attractions such as beaches, forests, jungles, rivers, waterfalls and also cities. Paulista Museum, Altino Arantes, and many others, all of them become objects of the cultural heritage of the world and remain as emblematic monuments for Sao Paulo.

If you have enough time to take a trip out of São Paulo, it is worthwhile to rent a car and look for a lost village 160 kilometers from the city and 1,628 meters high in the Mantequeira mountain range. This is Campos do Jordão, the small Brazilian Switzerland that in the months of July and August - with its winter temperatures in this hemisphere - becomes a hive of skiers and tourists from the cold.

The structure and roofs of the houses as well as the brewery (which can be visited) recall the Central European towns, with the exception that it is less than two hours from São Paulo. Other essential plans of this region are the forests to lose yourself of walk, routes of senderismo and escalada, as well as rise in cable car to reach the top of the Morro Elefante.

Nothing like sitting outdoors to taste craft beers accompanied by typical German snacks. In addition, in Campos do Jordão is the Baden-Baden microbrewery.

Rio de Janeiro is called the wonderful city for its beauty. It offers an extensive list of attractions, including its white sand beaches, the Sugar Loaf, and the famous Christ the Redeemer, declared one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are the most important and exclusive in the city.

If you visit the city in the month of February you will have the chance to experience the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, a world-famous celebration, where the streets are flooded with samba and caipirinha, and the city becomes a party of colors and fun, two qualities deeply rooted in the Brazilian spirit.

The Pantanal is the largest marshland in the world with more than 180,000 square meters distributed by the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraguay and Bolivia. Pantanal can be accessed, mainly, from two towns of Corumbá to the north and Campo Grande to the south. Crossing all its extension there is only one road, the Transpantaneira, which in the rainy season can even get to be flooded by the waters.

Avoid visiting northern Pantanal during the rainy season from December to March as the presence of mosquitoes is so intense that the trip can become bitter. The wild life lovers could make a competition between Amazon and Pantanal. Simply evoking the Amazon has the ability to awaken our adventurous instinct, in search of unprecedented discoveries.

But the Pantanal, besides being the most beautiful animal reserve in Brazil (incredible, but true), is also a little known place and, therefore, the antithesis of the places where the concepts of ecotourism and the multitude go hand in hand.

17. Uruguay

Montevideo, the southernmost capital of South America, is a dynamic city, full of green areas. A succession of beaches of fine sand adorn the coastline of the capital of Uruguay. Through this article I want to guide the visitor to visit the most important places to visit in Uruguay. Port market is one of the best places to eat a barbecue. The best day to visit is Saturday at noon when the bustle and music create an authentic party.

The Rambla is the favorite ride of the people of Montevideo. It starts at the Rambla Sur and stretches 20 kilometers to Carrasco. Depending on the neighborhood you are in, it has very different characteristics. Salvo Palace is the most emblematic building in Montevideo. Solís Theatre is one of the most important in South America.

18. Argentina

When you travel Argentina you will discover thousands of wild landscapes. Beyond the lively Buenos Aires, this destination offers interesting places such as Tierra del Fuego, Argentine Patagonia itself or the wine region of Mendoza. If you are about to undertake an adventure, let us give you a few tips to live a unique experience while traveling in Argentina.

Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan, historical site and with a past as present as tango itself. You will be captivated by bohemian and artistic neighborhoods like La Boca, full of colored houses. The beautiful Iguazú River draws its curves through the border forest with Brazil and channels its entire torrent towards these impressive waterfalls, some of the most famous in the world.

Ushuaia is located between the peaks of the Andean mountains and the icy waters of the Beagle Channel. The capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego is considered the southernmost city on the planet. Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest mobile glacier in the world. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, it is one of the most important attractions for those who travel Patagonia.

Bariloche is beautifully located on Lake Nahuel Huapi and protected by Cerro Catedral, and is immersed in nature and it will be a great pleasure to get lost in the landscape. Tierra del Fuego located at the southern tip of the American continent, offers impressive majestic landscapes and a curious marine fauna and different species of birds.

Try the wine from wineries in Mendoza, while you watch Aconcagua, the highest mountain in all of South America.

19. Chile

Chile is one of the best place to visit in South America. Route 7 of Chile, internationally known as the Carretera Austral, links Puerto Montt with Villa O'Higgins in a 1200 km route through Chilean Patagonia. Many travelers from all over the world want to travel the Carretera Austral, which starts in the Los Lagos Region and crosses the entire Aysén Region while hiking in Patagonia.

Embark on a ferry to the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco across the Pacific Ocean between fjords and canals and enjoy the Chiloé archipelago and the Andes from the sea. Reach Coyhaique, a strategic point of the Carretera Austral because it is at the midpoint. Cerro Mackay is only 2 km away from the city, so some call it the guardian of Coyhaique.

Another attraction of Coyhaique is the Simpson River that runs through it. On the bridge that crosses it you can see the particular Piedra del Indio. Another recommended place is the Coyhaique National Reserve, which is 10 minutes away from the city and from where you can climb Cerro Cinchao. From there to Villa Cerro Castillo, 168 km, the route is paved.

General Carrera Lake is one of the salient points of the Carretera Austral. Not only is it the largest lake in Chile, and the second in South America, but its colors - in the range of blue, turquoise and sky blue - are unique. The lake, shared with Argentina with the name of Buenos Aires, is bordered by Route 7 along 70 km.

In front of the General Carrera Lake is Puerto Río Tranquilo, a key place to stop and visit the Marble Chapels . These formations that are on the shores of the lake, but are not seen from the road. Puerto Río Tranquilo is also the point to connect with the road that leads to Exploradores Bay and San Rafael Lagoon. It is 52 kilometers to the west until you reach the viewpoint of the Exploradores glacier. To visit it, you can hire excursions from the town.

Continuing south on the Carretera is El Maitén crossing. There appears a bifurcation that allows to go to Puerto Guadal and Chile Chico, bordering the lake. Chile Chico is the border city with the Argentine locality Los Antiguos, an option for those who want to follow the mythical Route 40. From the El Maitén junction on the Carretera Austral, you arrive at Puerto Bertrand.

Lake Bertrand, later give rise to the Baker River, the largest river in Chile. On the side of the Carretera Austral, between Puerto Bertrand and Cochrane, the Baker River joins the River Nef forming a powerful jump for the power and color of the waters to Caleta Tortel. From Cochrane to the south, the landscape becomes much more dense due to the presence of the famous cypress of the Guaitecas. Chilean Navy transports them across the ocean to Punta Arenas.

Caleta Tortel, well known as the town without streets, is built on a small hill to the top of Cerro Bandera. Go on an excursion to a glacier such as the Jorge Montt or the Steffen or a boat ride to Isla de los Muertos. From now on, to Villa O'Higgins, the road is a gravel road. Villa O 'Higgins is the point where the Carretera Austral ends.

It calls itself the Capital of the Patagonian glaciers for being the access point to the southern ice fields. From there you can go by boat to the O'Higgins Glacier, one of the four largest in Patagonia and you can also cross to Argentina and after a boat trip to El Chaltén.

You can cross Argentina to see San Martin Lake (on the Chilean side it is Lake O'Higgins). For that you must go to Carabineros and request the exit. After an hour of walking and doing the necessary immigration procedures to enter Argentina, you can access a very wide beach to rest and enjoy an unparalleled peace. Climb the Cerro Mirador and for the more adventurous, there is the option of a 10 km trail to see the Mosco River Glacier.

There are several ways to travel the Carretera Austral and all have their charm. Go hitchhiking and it is something for those who travel without a return date and are encouraged to leave their destination in the hands of an unknown driver. For something it is considered one of the best scenic routes in the world. Having armed a Carretera Austral itinerary can be very helpful.

The Patagonians are very friendly although they may be a little distant. For hitchhiking, it gets harder after you get to Cochrane. From there to Caleta Tortel or Villa O'Higgins the frequency of cars is much lower. Regarding the lodging, try to do Couchsurfing. There are places like Tortel or Puerto Guadal where there is only one couch, so you should be lucky to be accepted.

In case of not finding accommodation in this way, camping can be a good option if you are traveling between December and February. Obviously there are also more luxurious lodging options. Do not forget that Patagonia is a very popular destination and visited by travelers from all over the world to do fishing, rafting, climbing and boat trips and even helicopter trips.

38 km from Pucón is what was part of the first National Park of Chile. Huerquehue National Park is characterized by the presence of thousand-year-old araucarias that are currently in danger of extinction. A 12,500-hectare foothill park characterized by its mountainous terrain, where hills and gorges enclose numerous lakes and lagoons with crystal clear waters, in addition to the legendary araucaria.

Easily accessible during the summer, this park offers visitors various recreational options, whether admiring nature or doing leisure and sports activities. From there you can see wonderful views from the Pucón river valley, to the Villarrica volcano. And if you are lucky, observe the majesty of the flying condor while you travel in Chile.

The park has impressive beauty spots, so you can not miss the Verde and Toro lakes, the Renahue river canyon, the Rio Nevados valley, the Quinchol and Araucano hills. In summer, the green of the fauna gives a beautiful and pleasant sight. In autumn, there is the beautiful view of the red of the lengas, the native tree of the park.

In winter, be amazed by the snowy park and the amazing and unique view of its frozen lakes while travelling to Patagonia in Chile. Then end the year with spring, where the park springs to life again, delivering a mix of beautiful colors and pleasant aromas.

Easter Island or Rapa Nui is an island of Polynesia located in the Pacific Ocean. Belonging to Chile, it is one of the main tourist destinations in the country. Rapa Nui has only one town, Hanga Roa, where almost all the inhabitants of the island are concentrated. Without a doubt, it is a unique and idyllic place due to its nature, culture and history.

The first inhabitants arrived around the 4th century and developed a unique culture that we can still admire today thanks to the vestiges such as the impressive moai, ancestors carved in stone that protect the island. In addition to the enigmatic moai stone heads, on the island you will find fascinating landscapes.

It is worth visiting one of its main volcanoes such as Rano Kau, with its beautiful flooded crater, and Rano Raraku, where the moais were carved. In addition, Rapa Nui has a beauty beach without equal, Anakena. You can see at the same time the crystal clear waters of Polynesia and the moai of the Ahu that are there.

On Easter Island you can also give yourself a dip or two. If you dare to do something else, nothing better than an immersion in the crystal clear waters of Rapa Nui. There are several experienced diving companies to choose from and with all you will have an exciting safe experience that you will never forget.

The closest beach to the capital is Pea. It is one of the best beaches for surfing, bodyboarding and swimming. At 30 km you will reach Ovahe beach, although the most important one is Anakena beach, home of the great Ahu Nau Nau and where Ahu Ature Huki and his enigmatic solitary moai can be found.

But most of the moais on the island come from the slopes of the Rano Raraku volcano, located at the southwest end of Easter Island. If you are passionate about volcanoes you should not forget the Mauga Terevaka (the highest point on the island) and the Poike. As for the Moais, the most prominent are those of Ahu Akivi, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu te Pito Kura, Ahu Akahanga and Ahu Vinapu.

The casserole is a vegetable soup with meat, which can be chicken, veal or lamb. It is a very typical winter meal and very common both north and south of the country. It is a dish that you will find in any Chilean restaurant. The curanto en hoyo is not only a meal, it is also a celebration. It is not something you can ask for in a restaurant.

A good option to try it would be traveling to Chiloé, an island in the south of Chile, where they cook this dish in traditional festivals that celebrate throughout the summer. In restaurants in Chile, a type of curanto en olla, also called pulmay, is prepared and served with the broth from the stew itself.

Valparaíso is a hidden gem in Latin America, surrounded by Concepción and Alegre hills. Fishing coves is the name given in Chile to places, especially beaches, dedicated to the activity of artisanal fishing.
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  1. BRB. Packing my bags and jumping on a plane. Some of these are on my travel bucket list!

  2. Looking for honeymoon places! Will be adding Egypt and Sweden to the idea list! Thanks!


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