Get under the skin of Latin America
The Spanish and the Portuguese left their mark throughout Latin America from the colonial architecture to the music and food and fine wines. However, underlying all this lies the influence of the ancient Mayans, Aztec and Inca cultures which can be seen in the markets, the festivals and the people. Evidence of civilisations before even these ancient cultures still lingers in some far flung areas and we know just where to find it.
Absorbing the culture and history can be done in various different ways. For some it may be finding the ideal places to people watch, for others getting to know the locals in the market or maybe its taking a private tour of a city with a lecturer from the University.
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Experience the cultural and natural wonders of Chile. From the mysterious statues of Easter Island to the bizarre landscapes of the desert. The Rapa Nui people crafted the giant rock Moai statues that dot the landscape. Hike up the island’s volcanoes to take in views of the endless Pacific, explore the archaeological treasures. Back on the mainland, visit Santiago, the port of Valparaiso, and wine valleys. In the Atacama, see otherworldly landscapes. Be amazed by steaming-hot geysers, timeless lunar valleys, highland lagoons, volcanoes, and some of the most spectacular night skies on the planet.
A classic journey starting in city of Quito and driving north to the famed market town of Otavalo. Try bartering in the poncho plaza, walk by crater lakes and volcanoes of northern Ecuador. Stop to enjoy Quito, the first UNESCO cultural world heritage site. Then head south through the Avenue of Volcanoes, visiting Cotopaxi National Park, linger at lush tropical waterfalls near Baños and wander through Inca ruins at Ingapirca. Marvel at the spectacular snow-capped Andean scenery. Absorb the history of beautiful colonial Cuenca and the highland wilderness of Las Cajas National Park. Spend the following week discovering the rich wildlife of the Galapagos Islands from the tall-mast sailing ship, the Mary Anne.
Brazil’s turbulent but rich past can be seen in its charming historical towns and diverse culture. Brazil’s immense size and wealth has made it a stage for battles waged between the Portuguese, Dutch and French who sought colonial occupation of this rich land. On this unforgettable journey you will be travelling through time to Brazil’s colonial era experiencing the diversity of this land and vibrant cultural displays of its people.