Having celebrated being included in National Geographic Traveler’s world’s Best Trips for 2015, we explored the Best Trips in Latin America for 2015 in our last travel blog article. From experiencing the Rio de Janeiro Carnival to staying at a spectacular eco-lodge in the Brazilian Amazon, here’s what to look forward to when exploring our best trips in Latin America for 2015.
♦ Esteros del Ibera Wildlife
The Ibera wetlands are the second largest freshwater wetland in the world after neighboring Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands. Home to over 350 different bird species and some of South America’s most iconic wildlife, Esteros del Ibera is also Argentina’s largest protected area. Despite the diversity of wildlife and this area made up of a series of lakes, lagoons and marshland; this wildlife sanctuary has remained off many travelers’ radars. That is to say until our Esteros del Ibera tour was included in National Geographic Travel’s World Best Trips for 2015. As wildlife projects in the region help to reintroduce the likes of jaguars and giant anteaters to the wild, this area is growing in importance as it works towards bringing these beautiful species back to their former glory.
♦ Sunrise & Sunset at Machu Picchu
Seeing the sunrise and sunset at Machu Picchu is somewhat of a slight myth as the citadel is not open during the actual sunrise and sunset. However, being at this world wonder just after sunrise and before sunset is certainly an unforgettable experience. The citadel of Machu Picchu at sunrise is generally covered in a heavy mist, but witnessing the mist lift off to reveal this hidden wonder is in fact the real spectacle. Once the mist has moved tantalizingly on to fully reveal Machu Picchu in all its glory, it is then that the sun hits the Inca ruins, adding a whole new experience and perspective. From sunrise to sunset, the atmosphere and magic of Machu Picchu is constantly changing as the different areas of the Inca site light up and are given their time in the spotlight.
♦ Rio de Janeiro Carnival
Although Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has for a long time been regarded as the Carnival capital of the world. Rio’s Carnival is the largest in the world with millions of travelers ascending onto Rio for this vibrant annual event. The Rio Carnival is not only great entertainment but it also provides a unique insight into the true Brazilian culture and represents the vibrant and colorful way of life in Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the Carnival spirit and samba music which will be heard throughout the streets of Rio, the main spectacle takes place in Rio’s Sambadrome. It is here that the different floats pass by, and the famous dancers and official samba parade takes place in front of more than 75,000 spectators. In order to see the Rio Carnival it is important to book your airfare and tickets early as they sell out quickly along with availability in the hotels.
♦ Brazilian Amazon Eco-Lodges
There is nothing more magical than staying deep in the Amazon, surrounded by the largest rainforest in the world. What could be better than waking up to the sounds of macaws outside your window or going fishing for piranhas? The Brazilian Amazon Jungle Eco-Lodges that we provide are all well-equipped and range from comfort to superior and luxury. We carefully select the lodges we use to be comfortable while being completely integrated into their surroundings. This means that each lodge was constructed and operates with the respect and limitations of its surrounding delicate environment and ultimately offering a real and unique experience in the untouched world of the Amazon. From viewing towers high up in the rainforest canopy to canoeing through the Amazon’s flooded forest, each eco-lodge offers its own special Amazon experience for you to enjoy.
♦ The Great Adventure of Iguazu Falls
Having seen the mighty Iguazu Falls from below, halfway up and above thanks to the wooden walkways that twist and turn around the 275 waterfalls on the Argentinean side, there is one experience that you certainly won’t forget. Starting with a ride through the surrounding Iguazu jungle, you’ll see the diversity of the National Park and the fact that its beauty is so much more than just the waterfalls. Leaving dry-land behind you and putting on your wet-weather gear you’ll get prepared for a boat ride under the Falls. It is only at this point that the sheer enormity and force of the falls becomes apparent as within seconds you’ll find yourself covered and surrounded by the huge wet mist. The Great Adventure of Iguazu will provide you with a unique aspect and experience, seeing the mighty Iguazu Falls from every possible angle.
♦ The Volcanic Region of Arenal
Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s must-see destinations and with rivers winding through vibrant rainforest, waterfalls crashing amidst canyons and hot springs gurgling at the base of an imposing volcano, it is a place that begs to be explored. Nature lovers can enjoy hikes and horseback rides on the side of what is now the sleeping volcano of Arenal, explore hanging bridges through rainforests and underground cave experiences. For the more adventurous the area offers canopy experiences as you zip-line through the rainforest canopy, waterfall rappelling and some of the best rafting in the world. Whether a lover of nature, and adrenaline seeking traveler or looking to just relax and unwind in the area’s natural hot springs; every day in this action-packed destination will meet your every travel desire.
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