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7 Incredible Latin America Destinations You Should Visit This Year

The medley of trips across Latin America is remarkably diverse, with opportunities to take challenging hikes along the Inca Trail or wander past glacial lakes in Patagonia. For keen birders, the spotting opportunities in The Galapagos Islands are unrivaled. Or, if meeting locals and becoming immersed in the culture is your idea of a country well-discovered, then the real global village, Panama is the place for you.

Here, we guide you from the cloud forests and pristine beaches of Costa Rica in Central America down to the icy wonderland of Patagonia in South America, with all the color, culture, and creatures found in the thousands of miles in between.  

 

Chile

Experience Chile’s lakes, peaks, deserts, and glaciers and leave nothing to the imagination touring the vast array of scenery it has to offer. Discover Chile lets you explore Chile’s incredibly diverse landscapes, great Chilean wines, and the Atacama Desert. Want to extend your trip? In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2500 miles from the coast of Chile, visit Easter Island, to experience its rich history, magic and mystery.

Best time to visit: Adventure weather in Chile is best from October to March. This ensures your trip checks all the boxes on your adventure checklist with longer, warmer days.

Panama

Panama’s famous canal and Caribbean coastline are vacationer favorites, but many travelers leave the beauty of Panama’s forests, mountains, and jungles relatively unexplored. Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama allows you to do just that. Explore the beautiful lesser seen areas of Panama, cycling through the Panamanian countryside to the lush rainforest and its incredibly extensive ecosystem.

Best time to visit: There is a rainy season from May to October which may have daily downpours, though these are usually short bursts of rain with plenty of bright sunshine. November to April is the driest time of the year with some rain.

Turtle Nesting Season, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica, flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, is impressively biodiverse, making it almost impossible to settle on a single region to explore. To experience Costa Rica to its fullest potential, moving around the country from place to place reveals the variety of this Central American nation, from its rainforests to mangroves, lava fields to cloud forests, and pristine beaches.   

Best time to visit: The green turtle nesting season runs from July to October in Costa Rica. One of the most important nesting sites is Tortuguero National Park, and on our 15 day Discover Costa Rica trip, you’ll visit on your second day, watching the turtles arriving on the beach to lay their eggs.

Green turtles are just the start of wildlife discoveries. As you venture around the country, you’ll explore different ecosystems and their residents, from the colorful birdlife in the rainforests and the howler monkeys in cloud forests. Local naturalist guides are on hand throughout, sharing their experiences, insights, and expertise.

Iguanas, Galapagos Islands

Ecuador

A trip to Ecuador is pure magic. The scenes you’ll see could be footage in the latest Attenborough production – except this is a version you can experience with all your senses. Our Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time trip takes you on an epic journey through the enchanted isles of Darwin while enjoying the luxuries of a premium 5* yacht.

It's time to put the guidebook to one side. Along the way, experienced naturalists are on-hand to spot iguanas camouflaging on rocks and share fascinating insights into the species that call this tropical wonderland home.

Best time to visit: Weather-wise, it’s possible to visit the region year-round. Many choose a departure date based on the wildlife events they’re hoping to see, whether that’s sea lion pups in November, turtle and iguana hatching in April, or migrating whales in June.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Peru

Perhaps 2022 calls for a challenge? And what better way to get back out into the world than to trek the famous, four-day-long Inca Trail as part of a longer trip to Peru. 

This ancient path winds around mountains and over three passes, with simply sensational views of the mountains, rivers, and cloud forests en route until you reach the ruins of the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Some say the sights from the Inca Trail are unmatched. Others say it’s a life-changing experience. We say you should go there and decide for yourself.

Best time to visit: It's best to tackle the Inca Trail in the dry season, typically between May and September, and it’s worth remembering that it’s busiest between June and August. Whenever you travel, preparation is vital, not least securing coveted Inca Trail reservations but ensuring you are fit and ready for the challenge, too.

Jaguar in Pantanal Brazil

Brazil

There’s nothing quite like the exhilaration of spotting a predator in the wild. And on our Land of the Jaguar trip, we set you up with the maximum chance of seeing one of these elusive creatures with seven boat trips into the Pantanal. Jaguar sightings are just part of the thrill of the Pantanal. You’ll also likely spot tapirs, monkeys, and vibrant macaws on this wildlife-focused expedition.

Best time to visit: The Pantanal has two distinct seasons – wet and dry. The dry season from May to October is generally considered best for animal spotting.

Towers of Paine, Patagonia

Patagonia

The rawness and ruggedness of Patagonia on the southern frontier of South America can appear otherworldly in its barrenness and beauty. Our Patagonia Highlights tour is full-on escapism: trekking past glacial lakes, listening to the creaks and groans of moving glaciers, and hiking to the base of the Towers of Paine. It’s a 13-day trip that visits Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.

Best time to visit: Longer daylight hours and milder temperatures make this trip more enjoyable, so departures are in the southern hemisphere’s summertime between October and April.

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