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.
Except for some monkeys, crabs, pelicans and a few sun worshippers, the beach at Manuel Antonio Park is somewhat deserted. Refreshment stands are wooden orange crates where friendly vendors sell fresh pineapple on a stick. That was over 20 years ago. These days, the beach is much more crowded and the orange crates are gone. But, it still has many charms.
Peru burst onto the worldwide culinary scene a few years back and has not stopped growing in popularity ever since. Along with its contemporary art scene and thousands of years of interesting history, not to mention the Amazon and Machu Picchu, it’s time to rediscover this beautiful country!
While the greatest number of visitors in the first half of 2015 came from Chile, Colombia and Mexico, representing 37 percent of the total number of arrivals, the United States’ progress during this time period is currently retaking the lead as Peru’s largest market for inbound tourists. With considerable growth over the previous year, the USA now contributes to 16 percent of the total number of visitors.
If you have clients who are looking for a destination that can provide sun, surf, nature, culture and great hotels; yet without the crowds of American tourists that despoil much of the Caribbean and Latin America - you can look no further than the lovely country of El Salvador. Your first reaction is probably along the lines of, “El Salvador? Isn’t that the place with the nasty civil war and gang problems?” The simple truth is that the civil war ended 24 years ago in 1992, and much like in U.S. tourist destinations, the gang situation affects the locals and not the tourists. After recently concluding an extensive journey through El Salvador, I can honestly say that I felt just as safe
The white tips of our kayaks slice through the three foot waves and we brace ourselves for the flop and the splash which come in quick succession. It’s like an amusement park ride here in the shimmering Sea of Cortez as we paddle up the island of Espiritu Santos in Baja California Sur. To my left and my right are my comrades, parallel, like a pod of dolphins. Our guide from Baja Outdoor Activities (BOA)
(www.kayakinbaja.com), Mario Del Angel Alfaro, taps his head with his fist and we respond in kind. All is well on day 2 of our sea kayaking adventure.
Clients heading to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 summer Olympic Games may want to see more than Rio. And all the international interest that Olympics attract is sure to inspire more travelers to visit Brazil.
There’s a lot more in this huge and beautiful country than the Olympic venues and Rio. Cities along Brazil’s long South Atlantic coast that stretches hundreds of miles north of Rio are not only historic, but make exciting getaways. Inland cities provide enticing insights into the energy and diversity of the people of Brazil. Brasilia, the country’s capital and fourth largest city, was built from scratch in the 1960s on plans developed by famed architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.
With its vibrant arts and culture scene, lively nightlife, irresistible music, colorful festivals and rich historic heritage, Colombia would be an easy sell even without its magnificent Caribbean beaches. And PROCOLOMBIA is poised to help travel agents advise their clients and plan trips there, using a newly revamped version of their www.colombia.travel portal. With practical information on 285 cities in all regions of Colombia, the site connects you to 1,294 tourism providers, including hotels, tour operators and restaurants.
If you are looking for a country in Latin America that is not only unique, but still relatively untouched with regard to mass tourism, Nicaragua is an excellent choice. While there is an entire Caribbean side to discover, the Pacific side of the country offers old world charm, outdoor adventure and a look at some of the country's important handicrafts.