Rainbow Recommends: the Latin America Experts' top picks for 2017
Latin America Experts' top picks for 2017
At Rainbow Tours, we know that winter is the season for planning epic escapes and dreaming of the adventures that the new year could bring. There’s such a huge choice of amazing destinations on offer in South America, so we’ve spoken to our Latin America Travel Specialists to find out their top recommendations for 2017 to help you out.
Rainbow Mountain Trek, Peru
Amanda’s top pick: For a completely unique and off the beaten track trek, take the Andean Lodges route to spectacular Rainbow Mountain. Over the 5 days, embrace the sound of silence as you trek with llamas through wonderfully remote regions. Walk in the shadow of the highest peak around Cuzco – Apu Ausangate reaches 6384m. This is no ordinary trek: overnight in comfortable lodges with a roaring fire, hot showers and hot water bottles with hearty carb loaded food as trekking fuel. The trip also includes Machu Picchu, the enigmatic city of Cuzco and the adventure hub of the Sacred Valley.
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Highlights of Colombia
Naila says: In 2017 I recommend taking advantage of the direct flights from London Heathrow to Bogota with Avianca and discovering one of the countries in South America that receives the least western tourists. The Colombia highlights tour covers all of the main attractions in the country, from colonial Cartagena to the tropical beaches of Tayrona National Park and the bustling capital, Bogota. Despite what many people think, Colombia is safe to visit and zika is no longer an issue. It boasts has culture, history, beach, mountains coffee, jungle, activities to keep even the most active of travellers entertained.
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Find adventure in Argentina
Sarah’s 2017 tip: Argentina has so much to offer for the adventurous traveller. The vast and contrasting landscapes are hard to beat. In the south lies Los Glaciers National Park, where you can experience the majestic icy expanse of Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still advancing in size. Mini trekking can be organised on the Glacier where you trek among the pristine steams and gullies. You might even witness the spectacle of icebergs detaching from the glacier and crashing into the glacial lagoon. Even further south is the Southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, a jumping off point for travellers taking a cruise to the frozen, windswept continent, Antarctica.
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Trekking to the clouds, Argentina
Sarah’s second suggestion: Northern Argentina offers very different scenery and climate to the south and this trekking trip gets under the skin of the beautiful region. Dramatic, photogenic landscapes of colourful canyons and unique stone formations sculpted by the wind. Most trips to north west Argentina start in the country's best-preserved colonial city, Salta, from here you can visit one the country's most famous archaeological sites, the pre-Columbian city of Quimes and sample the delicious white wine that gets its distinctive flavour due to the grapes being grown at high altitude.
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Classic Guatemala & Belize
Seema says: Set your sights on Central America this year. There’s so much more to see and do in this region than many people realise. I suggest combining Guatemala & Belize. You’ll find spectacular Mayan ruins, stunning beaches with amazing coral reef diving and snorkelling opportunities, thick and verdant jungles heaving with wildlife and potential for adventure – all in one trip! Step back in time wandering the colonial town streets of Antigua and take boat trips, visit local villages and explore the flora and fauna of Chaa Creek private nature reserve.
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Across South America, Chile, Argentina & Brazil
Amanda shares: This tour takes in Chile, Argentina & Brazil giving you a sample of each destination and you can enjoy direct flights with BA in each direction. In Chile visit cosmopolitan Santiago and the bohemian area of Lastarria with street cafes and art galleries. Also included is a visit to the colourful coastal town of Valparaiso and a winery stop! Reaching Argentina, visit the wine capital of Mendoza in the shadow of the Andes and sample the best Malbec. Buenos Aires ‘the Paris of South America’ is a diverse city with a quintessential Latin vibe – lots of restaurants, cafes, great steak dishes and tango shows are on hand to entertain. Then visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the word, Iguazu, and take a boat trip under the mist and get soaked (much more fun than it sounds!). End in Rio with its iconic bay setting and beautiful people on the world famous Copacabana beach. There’s no better first-time introduction to South America.