When you think of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands almost certainly come to mind. However, you would be wrong to count some of Ecuador’s mainland cities out as unique places to visit. There are plenty of cultural gold mines to be discovered inside this small country located between Peru and Columbia.
The New York Times recently named Mexico City (also referred to as CDMX) as the No. 1 place to visit in 2016, calling it a “destination that radiates energy and a metropolis that has it all.” And, whether you’re touring through museums, dining in world-renowned restaurants or indulging in some delicious street food, everyone is sure to fall in love with this historic destination.
If you think the only two large international Mexican airlines are Aeromexico and Mexicana, let me interject with Interjet Airlines - celebrating its 11th birthday.
While trekking around Machu Picchu’s magnificent ruins, I can’t get my head around the fact that the Incas schlepped all those rocks to nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. Wouldn’t it have been easier on their backs to build the city a couple of thousand feet lower?
Though Machu Picchu is Peru’s main tourist attraction, Peru has a lot more to discover. Don’t pass up an opportunity to spend some days in Lima. If time allows, visit the unique Amazon and the Plains of Nazca.
JAX FAX recently had the pleasure of traveling to El Salvador to participate in the El Salvador Travel Market, the country’s annual event to connect North American buyers with El Salvador’s tourism vendors.
Comprised of two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos provides an active adventure or low-key escape based on traveler’s interests. Sandwiched between an expansive desert and the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortes, this destination has seen a record number of visitor arrivals for the last three years in a row. And, with a growing number of hotels and one of the highest national occupancy rates, at around 80%, Mexico’s resort destination of Los Cabos is set for another growth spurt.
In the adventure sector, Central and South American destinations continue to rise. The bio-diversity and ever-changing landscapes lend themselves to all, from nature watching to intrepid adventures, and everything in between. These three adventure destinations each have the well-tread, iconic hotspots, as well as the hidden gems.
Seven countries make up Central America. Mexico is not one of them. They are Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama. With the exception of Belize where the official language is English, natives speak Spanish. Though many countries have fabulous Mayan ruins, jungles and beautiful beaches, each is unique.
A trip to the Galapagos Islands might well be one of the most exotic journeys you’ll ever plan, so knowing what you want to see and how can help create the right itinerary. If you’re a nature-lover, the Galapagos Islands await your arrival.
Oonce you get to Chile, there are several directions you can take. There is easy access throughout the country for both soft or extreme adventure, with most travelers visiting at least two or three regions while there. The country is long and skinny with varying landscapes and terrain. So, tourists and locals alike hop on and off quick flights to get to neighboring regions.