Do you fancy a trip to Central and South America? Me too! This continent has fascinated me for years, and I have decided that in 2019 I want to go on an adventure there. There’s a few countries that excite me the most, which I have listed below.
Belize formerly British Honduras, is an independent Commonwealth realm on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea.
Belize is a nation of differences with beaches to the east and dense rainforests to the west. Offshore is the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life and there are an array of dreamy vacation homes in Belize.
Whereas to the West you can find jungle areas home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.
Other things to do in Belize include scuba diving at Hol Chan, rife with sharks and stingrays, and the massive Great Blue Hole, a sinkhole once explored by Jacques Cousteau, Caye Caulker, a small Caribbean island off the coast divided by a narrow channel called the Split, and Barton Creek Cave, a archaeological natural cave in Belize.
Here you can indulge in supersized steaks and burn them off on the dance floor. Argentina is easy to forget due to its proximity to the UK, being the furthest country away from us. However, it is actually the eighth biggest country in the world.
When visiting Argentina it is useful to remember how big this amazing country is and how long it can take to head off across the country. I would begin my trip by landing in Buenos Aires, South America’s most romantic city, and take in the culture of this stunning city, dining in steakhouses and enjoying the opera.
Other things to do in Argentina include road tripping through the Jesuit mission at San Ignacio Miní ending up at the Iguazú Falls, wine tasting in the famous Mendoza wine region and believe it or not, visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Los Glaciares National Park.
Mexico is a country with a diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. And a history which dates back thousands of years. The ancient ruins, such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns and along the Riviera Maya is the Mesoamerican Reef, a popular spot for diving and snorkeling.
Other things to do in Mexico include Tulum, the ruins of a walled, ancient Mayan city, located on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Xcaret Park, a privately owned park, resort and self-described ecotourism development located in the Riviera Maya and Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, which is itself the extreme southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.
The heart of Latin America, Bolivia, is a little rough around the edges, but stunning in its natural beauty. Bolivia is one of South America’s most diverse and perplexing nations.
Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most “remote” countries in the western hemisphere; except for the navigable Paraguay River stretching to the distant Atlantic, Bolivia and Paraguay are the only two landlocked nations in the Americas. It is also the most indigenous country in the Americas, with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry.
La Paz is a wild place full of clamorous markets and in a spectacular setting in a bowl at 11,942ft above sea level, at the foot of the mighty Illimani mountain. But offers tourists a chance to see the original Latin America, in all its rawness.
Other things to do in Bolivia include visiting the Amboró & Carrasco National Parks, twin national parks in the most bio-diverse section of the country full of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and canyons, Tiwanaku, an ancient ruins and UNESCO World Heritage site and Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat.
A rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific, Costa Rica is a real beauty amongst it’s neighbours. A few friends have been over the years and it has looked incredible, so I couldn’t leave out this one. Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity with over a quarter of the country made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife.
Other things to do in Costa Rica include active pursuits include golfing, surfing, and hiking or taking a zip-line canopy tour through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, viewing endangered sea turtles as they nest in Tortuguero National Park, and soaking in hot springs near the base of Arenal, an active volcano.
*This is a sponsored post, but as always opinions are my own.