In my humble opinion, some of the most incredible travel experiences imaginable can be found on the continent of South America. It’s one of my personal favourite trips to piece together, with such a richness of unique, colourful cultures and landscapes to explore, there really is the proverbial textbook 'something for every type of traveller' here.
Nature and wildlife 'moments' are in abundance with the almighty Iguazú Falls and the well documented snow-capped peaks of the Andes but perhaps hiking the slopes of Ecuador’s Cotopaxi Volcano or sailing down the Amazon on a river cruise could tempt the more adventurous.
Marvel at Chile’s ancient forests, volcanoes and fjords. Experience the epic wilderness of Patagonia’s glacial fields and, travel restrictions permitting, chase the spectacular solar eclipse in mid-December, for which Argentina and Chile will play host.
Once the light show is over there is always an additional option to jump on a boat and head south for an unforgettable wildlife experience - seeing the ice caps and penguins in Antarctica.
From penguins, whales, capybara, sloths and giant anteaters to spotting jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal, watching condors soar over Peru’s Colca Canyon or glimpsing some of the world’s most enigmatic birds in the Andean Cloud Forest - wonderful wildlife can be found all over South America.
Yet for perhaps one of life’s ultimate wildlife experiences and a major bucket-list tick, you could follow in the footsteps of Darwin on a Galapagos cruise and marvel at the sheer depth and diversity of the natural world.
The Galapagos are an archipelago of tiny volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. They have been designated both a national park and a biological marine reserve in order to protect the miraculous species of native wildlife, sea-life and vegetation.
The Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest of its kind in the world whereas the endangered Galapagos penguin is the second smallest in the world and the only penguin on the planet that lives north of the equator.
One of the most popular residents is the Galapagos marine iguana, who unlike most lizards, can forage underwater as well as on land – a skill that is well-suited for the environment.
I can be on hand to advise the best way and time of year to see these amazing creatures and help devise this once-in-a-lifetime exploration.
Back on the mainland, Latin America also provides a plethora of historic heritage and cultural ventures to remember.
From the mysteries of the ancient Inca civilisation in Peru to the tango-fuelled streets of Argentina’s vibrant capital, Buenos Aires, every visitor will leave captivated by the unmissable buzz.
Delectable dishes will thrill foodies with Ceviche, Aberdeen Angus beef and empanadas just a sampling of the great local cuisine whilst famed wines and punchy cocktails will satisfy those who enjoy a tipple.
And as for beautiful beaches…
Brazil is celebrated for its iconic sandy shores, from the infamous electricity of Copacabana and Ipanema to the pretty gems of Ilha Grande, Paraty and Buzios.
Other countries are home to equally spectacular beaches, such as Uruguay’s Punta del Este or La Caleta in Colombia.
South America is a continent to contend with: wildlife, culture, food, mountain, snow, beach, sun, sea and endless adventure.
Let me put something together for you based on your interests, because here, anything is possible...