As the weather turns cooler in North America it's time for just one more trip before the onset of winter.
Here is a baker's dozen of our favourite trips for fall in Latin America.
Discover Belize, one of the world's premier ecotourism destinations on this adventure tour of jungles, reefs and ancient Mayan sites. From the Caribbean vibes of Belize City we travel via the Maya ruins of Altun Ha to Crooked Tree Wildlife Reserve, birdwatchers paradise but also home to crocodiles and the 2000 year old jungle ruins of Lamanai.
Next we journey along the Hummingbird Highway to Placencia, gateway to Belize's barrier reef - the longest reef system in the western hemisphere. The snorkelling here is second to none.
Via Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve, where we hike through the rainforest to a small waterfall, we head to the traditional Belizean town of San Ignacio. From here we explore the area, including the Maya site of Xunantunich. On your free day here you can choose to visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves, go canoeing on the Macal River or visit to Belize Botanical Gardens.
Travelling into Guatemala, we explore the great Mayan metropolis of Tikal, part of which is still covered by a tangle of undergrowth.
Our final days in Belize are spent on Caye Caulker, a laid-back former pirate's hide-out. Here you can take a snorkelling trip out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark & Ray alley, or to Goff's Caye to observe the Manatees in their natural habitat. Scuba diving is also available.
This adventure tour of the Central American republic of Nicaragua shows you all the different facets of this undiscovered country. Step back in time as you start your tour in the capital Managua and nearby Tiscapa Crater Lake and the excavated ruins of Leon Viejo, the Pompeii of Nicaragua. Next is Leon itself, with its graceful Spanish colonial architecture, from where you can take a hike on one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, Cerro Negro.
We visit the boiling mud holes of San Jacinto before travelling to the mountainous north of the country where we will stay with a local family to learn about daily life in Nicaragua.
A cloudforest hike in Selva Negra has us discover the rich flora and fauna, after which we travel to the beautiful town of Granada, with its centre dominated by colourful Spanish-colonial architecture. A boat tour on Lake Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua) is a great way to soak up the views of volcanoes and islands.
After a drive up Masaya Volcano we'' continue to Ometepe island with its stunning volcanoes. It is a great place for walking, soaking up the views, or learning more about local life.
The beaches, charm and unique culture of San Juan del Sur on the Pacific are next. Try your hand at surfing, or, from August to January, witness the arrival of large numbers of Olive Ridley turtles.
Your naturalist guides will help you discover Costa Rica's wildlife, including howler monkeys, caiman, sloth and green turtles. Explore rainforest, mangroves, lava fields and mysterious cloud forests while staying in the comfort of eco-lodges and hotels
From colonial Granada, this trip has you cycle along the shores of Lake Nicaragua to Ometepe Island. From there you travel to Costa Rica to explore its volcanoes, hot springs and rainforests, before riding into Panama. Here more jungle explorations await, along with the stunning Bocas del Toro islands, the famous Panama Canal and two final nights in bustling Panama City.
Welcoming, sophisticated people, epic scenery, timeless colonial towns and outdoor adventures galore, Colombia has been waiting to be discovered. From the cloud-forested mountains of the Andes to the pretty coffee plantations in the highlands to the palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean and the gorgeous old town of Cartagena, Colombia is one varied, fascinating country. This tour will show you all these places, along with the capital Bogota and exciting Medellin.
Ecuador's undisputed highlight is the Galapagos Archipelago, with it's otherworldly volcanic landscapes and stunning array of wildlife. Snorkel with sea lions and penguins, come close to boobies and albatrosses, iguanas and tortoises and watch whales. This is nature in its primordial state, nature as it used to be.
This ten-day cruise package will give you 7 nights in the Galapagos Islands, the ideal length for anyone wishing to get a good idea of the variety of wildlife and natural history.
Please contact us for our huge selection of Galapagos cruises.
The enchanted isles of the Galapagos Archipelago are traditionally explored by expedition cruise boat. This trip changes things up a bit as it follows in the footsteps of Darwin as we hike the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island. Among amazing landscapes of smouldering fumaroles and lava streams you will discover some of the last habitat of the Galapagos giant tortoise.
In addition we visit San Cristobal with its Galapagos Islands Interpretation Centre, the highlands of Floreana as well as Santa Cruz and several smaller islands. You will have the opportunity for shorter walks and to admire the underwater world of the Galapagos while snorkelling the pristine seas.
A three week exploration of all the highlights of Peru. Visit Lima, sail to the Ballestas Islands, see the Nazca Lines, explore Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, sail on Lake Titicaca, discover Cuzco and the Sacred Valley in depth or hike the Inca Trail, delve into Machu Picchu and come close to wildlife in the Amazon rainforest.
Visit Bolivia on this two-week tour, exploring inmense landscapes, a strong indigenous culture and colonial towns. Discover Amboró National Park with its flora and fauna, visit Pre-Columbian archaeological sites, walk around Bolivia’s capital, Sucre and get lost in the streets of picturesque Potosí. Next are the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, an unforgettable experience offering wonderful photo opportunities. The markets and plazas of La Paz, and a stay at an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca’s beautiful Isla del Sol make for a fitting end to a journey through fascinating Bolivia.
Two world class cities await you on this South American adventure tour through Argentina and Brazil. Start of in Buenos Aires where European elegance and Latin passion seamlessly blend. From here, travel to the Ibera Wetlands, the size of a small country and home to otters, alligators, deer, wolves and black howler monkeys. Next, you get to spend two full days at Iguazu Falls - wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara they are surely the most impressive waterfalls in the world. Discover both the Argentine and Brazilian side before flying to Rio de Janeiro. Discover its favelas and its glitz, see the sunset from Sugarloaf Mountain and the spectacular view from Christ the Redeemer. This tour offers plenty of free time for your own discoveries, and some unexpected gems as well, like a Guarani community visit and a traditional local Farmer's Market in Rio.
This tour of Brazil will show you all the highlights this diverse Latin American nation has to offer. After looking around colonial Salvador we fly to Manaus from where we travel in to the Amazon jungle for a stay at an Amazon Eco Lodge. Here you can fish for Piranha, visit the local Caboclo community or take one of the guided walks into the jungle. Next is another paradise for birds and wildlife, the Pantanal, where you explore on foot and in small boats and are likely to spot armadillo, tapir, capibara and caiman. Another highlight of the trip is your visit to Iguazu Falls, where you will have time to visit both the Brazilian and Argentine side of these amazing waterfalls. Finally, fly to Rio de Janeiro, where you will enjoy amazing views from Corcovado, the hill topped by the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer. You will also visit the funky neighbourhood of Santa Teresa and take a spectacular cable car ride up to Sugar Loaf Mountain.
In the deep south of Chile and Argentina lies the stunning region of Patagonia. Home to soaring Andean peaks, rolling hills and endless grasslands, the region is a mecca for walkers and nature lovers alike. Two national parks protect some of the most beautiful landscapes: famous Torres del Paine in Chile and the lesser-known Los Glaciares in Argentina. We walk some of the best trails while also visiting Perito Moreno glacier and the world's southernmost city - Ushuaia. On either end of the tour there is time to explore the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
Near the tip of Patagonia, deep in the south of Chile and Argentina, the Andes mountain range culminates in soaring granite peaks rising steeply in to the skies. Two national parks protect some of the most beautiful landscapes: famous Torres del Paine in Chile and the lesser-known Los Glaciares in Argentina. In the former we hike the beautiful W-trek, so-called as it enters three valleys to some stupendous viewpoints. In Argentine meanwhile we hike to Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy. En-route to our hikes we visit several glaciers, including Perito Moreno.