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South and Central American Vacation Destinations (and Mexico)

Updated on February 9, 2015

Latin American Vacations

South America and Central America have many wonderful destinations for a vacation, from the pyramids in Mexico to the jungles in Brazil and Peru or step back in time and visit Havana in Cuba.

Here is a collection of my various articles about Latin American vacation destinations, travel tips, advice and hotel recommendations and some of my photographs.

Please also see my full Photo Gallery Here...

Map of South America and Central America (Latin America) - Map of Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela...

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A markerOaxaca, Mexico -
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B markerSao Paulo, Brazil -
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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C markerLima, Peru -
Lima, Peru
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D markerRio de Janeiro, Brazil -
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Cuba

Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating place to visit because it is almost frozen in time due to the difficult political situation over the last few decades. It is relatively easy to visit from most of the world, with the obvious exception of citizens of the USA for whom there have been major restrictions.

The famous sights of huge 1950s American cars and colonial architecture of Havana are mixed with the obvious poverty, but it still retains a vibrant musical culture. There are many tourist beach resorts in Cuba, popular with divers, but for a real cultural trip the smaller cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad are an excellent place to visit.

Please follow this link for my Cuba article

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

Rio is often described as the most beautiful city in the world, but has a reputation for being quite dangerous and crime-ridden.

On my recent trip there Rio turned out to be a stunning and beautiful place, with wonderful views, hotels, restaurants and plenty to do for several days.

I went on a two-week vacation to Brazil, starting in Rio de Janeiro. The main reason for the trip was to explore the Amazon, but we had to start somewhere.

Read full article about Rio here

Salvador Carnival City

Tourists go to Rio for Carnival. Many Brazilians go to Salvador. It is a great carnival city in Brazil.

Salvador, in the state of Bahia, north east Brazil (or Sao Salvador da Baía de Todos os Santos as it was named in the past) was the first colonial capital city of Brazil and, although power shifted to Rio de Janeiro in the late eighteenth century, then to Brasilia in 1960, it retains much of it's past grandeur and colonial architecture. One of the main reasons to come here, however, is the wonderful mix of cultural influences that make the cuisine, music and lifestyle here so different even to other parts of Brazil. The population of over three million, consists mainly of people with African origins descended from slaves, although there have been many other strong influences through Salvador's history. Salvador is also famous for it's carnival and street parties.

See the full article about Salvador here

Mexico

Pyramids of Mexico

Mexico is a fascinating country, with a huge variety of cultural things to see and do and an amazing history. There are a lot of ancient ruins in a good state of repair, some set in wonderful jungle settings.

A few years ago I went on a cultural tour of Mexico, visiting Mexico City, Merida, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Oaxaca, Palenque and Monte Alban, using planes and busses and this article is a review of the places to visit in this interesting country.

Read Full review about Mexico here

And please see the full Photo Gallery Here...

Iguacu: 275 Beautiful Waterfalls in Argentina and Brazil

Iguacu (or Iguazu) waterfalls are some of the most impressive in the world, not the biggest, widest nor tallest waterfall, but 275 separate waterfalls spread over a three-kilometre crescent between Argentina and Brazil. Most of the falls are in Argentina, but the best views are from the Brazilian side.

While on vacation in Brazil, after a wonderful few days in Rio de Janeiro and before heading into the The Amazon Jungle and Salavador (The Carnival City) I spent a few days at Iguacu, staying at the wonderful Tropical Das Cataratas Hotel.

Read Full Article Here

Amazon Jungle Adventure

The Amazon and Rio Negro (The Black River) in Northern Brazil are wonderful places for a vacation. It is possible to stay in the jungle in a floating hotel, near the confluence of Amazon and Rio Negro or in the nearby city, Manaus the gateway to the Amazon.

There is plenty to see and do in the jungle including piranha fishing, jungle-trekking and visiting the small fishing village communities. There are also rare pink fresh water dolphins and caiman (alligators) to see.

Read Full Article Here

The Inca Trail, Peru

The Inca Trail in Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru is one of those views that you just have to see once in your life. Everyone has seen the classic photo, always apparently taken from exactly the same place on the descent down a mountain towards the ancient site. My trip there, however, was rather eventful and almost a disaster, but I have very fond memories despite something going wrong at almost every stage.

This article is about my trip and some travel advice for Peru and the Inca Trail from Cusco (or Cuzco) to Machu Picchu.

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      lidialbuquerque 3 years ago

      great lens! Thank you for portraying the beauty of my country Brazil.

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      Rodaussie 5 years ago

      Carnival in rio is good to see if you wanna enjoy go to Salvador!!!

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      An excellent lens. I have included it on my Visit Central America lens

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      good stuff

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      zimbali2011 6 years ago

      These are really amazing places :)

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      mytraveldiary 6 years ago

      I think iguacu waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in the world

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, thank you for sharing!

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      KellydeBorda 6 years ago

      Really nice way to gather your various lenses together. Very well done, makes me want to go and read each one - and I probably will!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Thanks

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      @cdfamig: Er. Yes. True. It's a kind of European view that Mexico is not part of North America, based on language, politics etc. when very clearly it is from the map (especially when you consider the Northern part of California which was originally Mexico) So I apologise for my inaccurate classification. I grouped Mexico with other countries in South America because, having experienced many countries in South and Central America, Mexico seemed to share more with the true South American countries. But thanks very much for your correction.

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      cdfamig 7 years ago

      This is great, but... Mexico is in North America. : )

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      Arjanito 7 years ago

      Great lens!

      Greetings from an air ambulance company;

      http://www.jetrescue.com.mx

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      So, Andy -- how would you rate each of these destinations with stars? What's your favorite and why?

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens, 5***** I definitely recommend Iguassu, the waterfalls are truly spectacular. Also the nearby hydro plant at Itaipu is supposed to be amazing - I didn't get there though - one of the largest in the world.

      If you love ruins, I highly recommend the Mayan ruins of Tikal (Guatemala) and Copan (Honduras), both utterly spectacular and very different, buried for 1,000 years by the jungle.

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      I enjoyed the pictures of Cuba, Mexico, and Peru. They look like great places to visit.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Beautiful! Some day we'll travel there too!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love your pictures!

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group.

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens, lovely pictures.