Our travels through Central and South America have resulted in some of our most memorable experiences. The culture and history alone are reasons to visit this part of the world, but we tend to go for the adventure! There are so many things to do, it could take a lifetime to explore, so we thought we’d help you plan your travels to Latin America by rounding up our favorite adventures. Be it in the Caribbean or across Central and South America, Avianca—South America’s leading airline—can take you to all of these places efficiently and affordably. With more than 800 daily flights to 100 cities, you have your pick of visiting some of the most exciting and exotic locations on Earth. So what are you waiting for? Start planning today!
Desert adventures in Peru
Peru is filled with adventure. As a matter a fact, we wrote an article right here on the Expedia Viewfinder blog about the best active adventures in Peru. It was exploring the dunes of Huacachina in the Ica region that was the greatest thrill we had. Located just a few hours south of Lima, the massive dunes of Peru are world famous. From sandboarding down the high slopes to taking a high-octane dune-buggy ride, you’ll be sure to get your heart racing whatever you decide to do.
The magnificent dunes of Peru
Snorkel with sharks in Belize
is known for its extraordinary diving, and diving the Blue Hole is on nearly everyone’s scuba bucket list. But snorkeling with sharks and rays in Shark Ray Alley off the coast of Ambergris Caye is something everyone can do. This piece of reef is filled with nurse sharks and manta rays that have grown use to human contact. Snorkeling here allows you an up-close-and-personal view of not only the sharks and rays, but an abundance of marine life like barracuda, eels, and trumpet fish.
Climb the great pyramids of Guatemala
We’ve had the privilege of exploring many Mayan and Inca ruins, but there is something special about the ancient city of Tikal. Many temples there are still buried beneath mounds of earth. It’s easy to miss the fact that the mountains in front of you are pyramids that have yet to be excavated. Climbing to the top of Temple IV is not for the faint of heart, but once you reach the top of the 230-foot structure, you are treated to a panoramic view of the dense jungle.
So much to do in Ecuador
Ecuador is located right on the equator. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito is the perfect place to learn about Ecuadorian history and culture before heading out for a mountain trek or a jungle excursion. But it’s the Galápagos Islands adventure from when we visited Ecuador that stands out for us. The Galápagos Islands are located off the coast of Ecuador and it is here that some of our greatest South American adventures took place, like swimming with sea lions and snorkeling with sharks. The Galápagos are one of the most unique and greatest destinations for wildlife watching on Earth, but there are also volcano hikes, sea kayaking, and pirate caves to explore. It’s the ultimate South American adventure destination.
Viewfinder Tip: Bring plenty of sunscreen to Latin America; many countries there are near the equator and the sun is strong.
Explore the Amazon
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest on Earth, and its large river cuts through the heart of the jungle. Located in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, just to name a few, the rainforest is a place you must visit when traveling to Latin America. It is the final frontier of adventure travel, where unknown species of plants and animals are still being discovered, and certain tribes have very little contact with the outside world. Riding the mighty Amazon River is an adventure itself, but witnessing three-toed sloths, spider monkeys, and pink dolphins in person is something you’ll never forget.
Enjoy some water sports in the Dominican Republic
The Caribbean islands are filled with adventure, from spectacular scuba diving to jungle hikes. Avianca flies to the Dominican Republic, and we had a hoot going out on aqua riders to explore the coast there. Just think about how much fun it is to drive your own zodiac over the crashing waves of the Caribbean. Sure, you could snorkel or kayak, but why not put some extra rpm into your Caribbean adventure?
Dave enjoys the aqua rider
Go diving in Honduras
Central America and the Caribbean have some of the world’s best diving, and some of the most popular and affordable shops are located in Honduras. So if you want to see everything for a reasonable price, Honduras is the place to go diving. We stayed on the small backpacker island of Utila, located just beside the diving mecca of Roatan. During our time in the water, we saw the usual suspects like sharks, eels, and clownfish, but also seahorses, whale sharks, and sea turtles. It was some of our favorite diving ever.
Latin America is filled with adventure, and we’ve only just touched on our best experiences. There are so many things to see and do. Plus, if you are looking for delicious food, ultimate luxury travel, or culture and history, Latin America has it all. For more great ideas on what you can do during your next visit to Central and South America, visit the Expedia Viewfinder “Discover Latin America” page, or follow Avianca on Twitter and Facebook.
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