Patagonian glaciers, the mighty Amazon, arid Atacama Desert, and the rugged Andes Mountains are just a few of the remarkable wonders that make Central and South America so captivating.
Explorers have long-been drawn to Latin America for its fascinating landscapes, intriguing mysteries, and unique wildlife. Even today, scientists are still unlocking its mysteries and discovering cultural and natural wonders. It is a destination for those seeking true adventure, ecological diversity, and vibrant culture.
Cruise down the world’s largest river (by volume), and travel deep into the Amazon’s surrounding forest, filled with colorful birdlife, unique species, lush fauna, and friendly locals; eat freshly-made empanadas and put your best foot forward during a tango lesson in Argentina; absorb Uruguay’s stunning wine region, and sample it’s full-bodied wines; watch the sun rise over mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes Mountains; stroll the cobblestone streets of 16th century Cartagena and admire its colorful colonial buildings; go white-water rafting and soak in thermal hot springs in the jungles of Costa Rica; and follow in the steps of Darwin as you explore the Galapagos and its unique, endemic species.
19 official countries
12 official languages
90 million inhabitants
Over 2.4 million species of insects in the Amazon
Everyone should learn to tango in Argentina before they die.
Argentina is full of diverse cultural influences, with over 40 spoken languages. This rich mix of indigenous and immigrant cultures can be seen in the country’s architecture, arts, cuisine, music, theatre, and dance. Perhaps the most globally recognized Argentinian tradition is the tango. Argentina's national musical symbol, the tango is comprised of music, lyrics, and dance, which was birthed in the Buenos Aires neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca.
Many Argentinian foods are considered national treasures, including asado (grilled meat), chimichurri (a salsa-like condiment made from herbs, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar), empanadas, and dulce la leche (a caramel-like sweet paste). Try yerba mate, a very social beverage made from dried leaves, put into a gourd, and passed around a group, with each person taking a sip.
Argentinian wine is world-renowned. With over 2,000 wineries, the nation is one of the most important wine producers in the world. Visitors can travel the wine route through eight different provinces, all linked by Route 40, which traverses the entire western edge of the country. Read more about the food of Argentina.
Most people are aware that the Amazon rainforest basin is home to some of the planet’s most impressive biodiversity, including more than one-third of the world’s known wildlife species. But significantly less well known are the Ribereños (or “river people”), who inhabit villages spread out along the banks of the mighty river.
The Ribereños of the Peruvian Amazon are an ethnically diverse people made up of the descendants of Europeans, detribalized native and their mixed-race (or mestizo) offspring. Because they live on a floodplain subject to remarkable environmental changes, these “river people” are notoriously adaptable and resilient.
As you stroll through the village, you gradually learn more about the typical Ribereños way of life. These communities are often focused on farming, but fishing, hunting, extraction of forest products, and waged labor are also common ways of making a living. Learn more about the Amazon river people.