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Travel Latin America

Travel Latin America

Destination Inspiration

From the awesome white-washed wilderness of Patagonia to the sunbeaten Mayan ruins of Mexico, Latin America hosts some of the most diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and National Geographic wonders on the planet.

You could spend years discovering everything that Latin America has to offer, making it one of the best destinations for big overland trips and Gap Year travel. Head to South America for some of the world-famous landmarks of Machu Picchu or Christ the Redeemer, or take a shorter trip to the beaches of Costa Rica and Mexico. Either way, Latin America is packed full of adventure.

What is Latin America?

The term ‘Latin America’ is used to describe a region containing 21 countries where Latin languages are predominantly spoken. Latin America spans an area from the northern border of Mexico, through Central America and the Caribbean right down to the southern-most tip of South America.


To summarise South America would be to sell it short because it has it all: glaciers, exotic jungles, epic waterfalls, soaring peaks, desert plains, vineyards, sand dunes, ancient ruins and cultural cities. South America rewards those who travel overland with its diversity.


Brazil is one big festival of sound, colour, sights and smells. From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the steamy trails through the Amazon rainforest, Brazil is the big daddy of South America. Take in the Iguazu Falls, laze about on Copacabana's sands and pay a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer.
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Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, search for wildlife in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, experience local life at a homestay on Lake Titicaca...we love Peru!
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Argentina is proud of its heritage and culture. Taste wines in Mendoza, feel the spray of mighty Iguassu Falls on your face, trek through the icy peaks of Patagonia and take a tango lesson in Buenos Aires.
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Compared to its neighbours, Bolivia seems a bit like a poor relative. Yet Bolivia is rich in rugged landscapes and natural beauty. Venture into the National Parks for volcanoes, rock deserts and the iconic salt flats. Live like a local on Lake Titicaca and tackle the high-altitude city life of La Paz.
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The fusion of Latin American and Caribbean cultures makes Colombia not only an exciting country to visit, but one that's sure to add a touch of sparkle to your holiday. Jam packed with exotic destinations, joyful local communities and pretty much the best coffee in the world, what's not to love? Check out our exciting packages, day trips and top accommodation.
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Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most interesting and unique creatures; the isolation of the islands has created a wildlife playground where animals are more curious and approachable than anywhere else on earth. From the stark, lava fields of Rabida to the rich vegetation and white sand beaches of Santa Cruz - the islands are yours to explore...


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Central America offers a completely different perspective of Latin America, demonstrating the tapestry of cultures and influences that makes this continent so fascinating. From the turquoise seas and Caribbean beaches of the East coast, to the magnificent Mayan ruins in Mexico and jungles of Nicaragua, Central America may be small but it is pretty mighty too.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Hiking, ziplining, kayaking and whitewater rafting are just some of the activities you can do in the rainforests, before recovering in a hammock on a beach with a cold beer.
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Mexico's perfect for adventure and offers up a whole lot of of history and culture. Climb ruins, snorkel with sharks, fill your mind with all things Mayan and get some quality beach action. Ay, caramba! Oh, and the food is spectacular too.
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Hailed as the travel destination of the moment, there's no better time to visit Cuba than now! Groove to the sounds of Salsa, visit the pulse-pounding old quarter of Havana, relax on gorgeous Caribbean beaches and lose yourself in towns frozen in time. Cuba has it all, from off the beaten track adventures to pure chill out. Sounds ideal?  We think so too!
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Things to do

Due to the sheer size of Latin America, getting your travel planned out is key. We have a great range of tours in South and Central America, including epic overland adventure tours and special Inca Trail treks. For more independent travellers, check out our bus passes!
South America Tours
Adventure Tours
Whether it's trekking Peru or whitewater rafting in Costa Rica, sampling the local cuisine in Mexico or exploring Mayan history, Latin America has an adventure tour to suit everyone.
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu treks
The Inca Trail combines jaw-dropping scenery, lush cloudforest, sub-tropical jungle and a mix of Inca ruins. The treks will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will end at the mysterious Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Passes
The diverse geographical landscapes of Latin America make it perfect for overland travel, and what better way to explore than with the flexibility of a hop-on-hop-off bus pass? Discover lost cities and ancient civilisations, bask in warm sunshine on tropical beaches, take on the mighty Andes and party like a local in the hot-spots of the booming Latino capitals!
Volunteer South America
Volunteer in South America
If you want to make a real difference by helping children, teaching English, working with endangered animals, or taking part in a conservation project, South America is a great place to spend your time volunteering.
Latin America Tailormade
Take control of your own adventure and tell us what you want out of your trip to Latin America. From locations to budget and bucket list activities, give us your ideas and we'll do the hard work for you.
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We've handpicked the best places to stay because we've done it ourselves and know exactly what you're after! Cheap, funky, fun - a place where you can meet like minded travellers. Experience everything Latin America has to offer with loads of savings on offer. Sweet!

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