Welcome to Visiting Latin America! This site has helpful travel tips for the countries listed below.
Mendoza Winery Tours
Mendoza winery tours are a great way to spend a day or two when you are visiting Argentina. The wine country in the Mendoza region is one of the most famous in the world, particularly for Malbec wines.
There are several major areas where wineries are located in Mendoza. These include Lujan de Cuyo, Valle de Uco, and Maipu. Many of the best wineries in these places are open to visitors, and some even have restaurants, art galleries, and accommodations attached to them.
If you want to take a self-drive Mendoza winery tour, the larger wineries with tasting rooms are a good place to stop.
Diving in Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye has the most famous, most spectacular, and all-around best diving in Belize.
Ambergris is a quiet island with lots of charm and solitude, and great SCUBA diving.
The island is a quick 25 minute flight from Belize City Airport (BZE – Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport).
Flights from Belize City to Ambergris are bookable on small charter airlines.
Best Places to Visit in Brazil
The best places to visit in Brazil are scattered throughout the country. From major cities to dense Amazonian jungles and spectacular waterfalls, the country has something to offer every visitor. Below are what I consider to be the best places to visit in Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro – This famous city needs no introduction. Rio has been one of the most popular travel destinations in Brazil for years, and the city’s vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and great nightlife attract people from all over the world.
Horseback Riding in the Atacama Desert
Horseback Riding in the Atacama Desert
Horseback riding in the Atacama Desert is a great way to see the beautiful landscapes and experience the great scenery of the area when you are visiting Chile.
Horseback riding is offered by various tour operators and hotels in San Pedro de Atacama and Calama. There are various options for excursions, including hour or multi-hour horseback rides, half day trips, and full day excursions for horseback riding in the Atacama Desert.
Best Time to Visit Colombia
Summer in Cartagena
The best time to visit Colombia is mid-January to March as well as mid-July to August. The weather is pleasant during these months, which makes it a nice time to explore the sights and do outdoor activities. Many of Colombia’s festivals also take place at this time, so it’s a good way to get an introduction to Colombian culture.
From late December to mid-January and from mid-June to mid-July are peak tourist times. These times of year are best avoided if you don’t like crowds and high prices.
Because it is equatorial, the weather in Colombia doesn’t vary much with the seasons. This means that it shouldn’t be too much of a deciding factor in when you time your visit to Colombia.
Visiting Costa Rica
Driving in Costa Rica
Driving in Costa Rica is fairly straightforward but are a few things to know about driving there.
First, drivers drive very fast in Costa Rica and are not as courteous as they are in other places.
There are few guardrails and other protections for drivers in Costa Rica, so teens and other less experienced drivers should not test their driving skills here.
Best Cuba Guidebooks
The best Cuba guidebooks aren’t necessarily written by the big guidebook companies. The best guidebook for your trip to Cuba is the one that best fits your travel style and itinerary.
All of the big guidebook companies from Lonely Planet to Let’s Go make at least one Cuba guidebook.
Best Day Trips from Guayaquil
Below is a list of some of the best day trips from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The Botanical Garden of Guayaqil is located at the foot of the Cerro Colorado hill at Avenida Francisco de Orellana. Here you can find three thousand varieties of vegetable species including hundred and fifty varieties of orchids.
Visiting Asuncion, Paraguay
Visiting Asuncion, Paraguay is a good stop on a Latin America trip.
It is one of the lesser traveled capitals in Latin America, so you can enjoy a less touristed, more authentic visit.
Getting to Asuncion (airport code ASU) is pretty easy.
Top 10 Things to Do in Lima
Many people visiting Peru rush through Lima on their way to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.
Lima is worth a visit, though, and here is a list of the top 10 things to do in Lima:
1. Visit the Gold Museum, or Museo de Oro, in Lima.
2. Go to the Miraflores area to wander through Kennedy Park and Love Park, and go shopping at Larcomar and Jockey Plaza.
Ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires
Taking the ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires is a scenic way to get from Uruguay to Argentina.
Buenos Aires is located 140 miles from Montevideo, making transportation by ferry fast and easy.
The hydrofoil ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires is the quickest way to travel between the two cities.
Hiking near Caracas – Avila Mountain
Hiking near Caracas at Avila Mountain to the north is a great day trip for visitors.
There are plenty of hikes and it’s a nice break from the pollution of Caracas.
To get to the mountain, start at Avila Magica (ask your taxi driver for el Parque Avila Magica).