Latin America is a destination on the up thanks to an enticing blend of attractions and a new found place in the public consciousness. Whatever you are hoping for we will have a spot-on suggestion. Want breathtaking landscapes? We can advise on some that may render your jaw duly dropped, such as the pampas of Argentina or glaciers in Chile.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Original Travel Latin America team know an almost swotty amount about the continent after living and travelling there over the past decade
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Where to go in Latin America & Antarctica

Bolivia

Bolivia

Landlocked Andean Bolivia is rich in ancient culture, music and folklore and perhaps because of the country’s relative lack of sophistication and infrastructure, is far less visited than its neighbours.

Bolivia
Panama

Panama

The crumbling colonial Casco Viejo is a delight to wander around on foot, and of course, seeing the canal in action is something not to be missed.

Panama
Chile

Chile

Imagine a country where all the world’s climatic and topographical variations are represented in a thin ribbon of land and you have Chile.

Chile
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a picture perfect and pocket-sized country with two beautiful coastlines separated by a spine of extremely active volcanoes.

Costa Rica
Ecuador & the Galapagos

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos; quite simply, it is like nowhere else on earth.

Ecuador & the Galapagos
Mexico

Mexico

Forget Cancun, Mexico is a truly diverse country, with a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

Mexico
Brazil

Brazil

Indisputably the ‘in’ country on earth right now, and somewhere that we at Original Travel can’t get enough of.

Brazil
Antarctica

Antarctica

Stat alert. Antarctica’s massive ice-cap covers an area 1.7 times the size of Australia and contains some 29 million cubic kilometres of ice, or roughly 70% of the world's fresh water.

Antarctica
Colombia

Colombia

Fast recovering from a severe image problem, Colombia is once more one of South America’s most vibrant countries.

Colombia
Cuba

Cuba

Incomparable Cuba is on the cusp of big changes. Head there before the magic is gone forever.

Cuba
Honduras

Honduras

The world is pretty much split into people who know nothing about Honduras, and those that have vaguely heard of Copan – one of the finest Mayan cities in all of Central America.

Honduras
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

New favourite Nicaragua, bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, is the largest country in the region and famous for its natural attractions including comic book conical volcanoes, tropical forests and the ‘inland sea’ of Lake Nicaragua.

Nicaragua
Uruguay

Uruguay

The secret is sneaking out, but Uruguay is still a hugely under-rated destination.

Uruguay
Argentina

Argentina

From the end of the world in Patagonia, past the pampas and sultry Buenos Aires to the hilltops of Salta, Argentina is big, bold and beautiful.

Argentina
Peru

Peru

The scenery is striking in its diversity, from plunging canyons to soaring mountains, lush rainforests to arid Altiplano.

Peru
Guatemala

Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the smaller Central America countries but the local indigenous population is the largest of any Latin nation, making for a particularly ‘authentic’ experience. The country offers the best of Central America under one roof – volcanoes, protected tropical jungle, mountainous highlands, impressive Mayan ruins, vivid colonial towns (including the wonderful Antigua) and beaches on the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Altogether, it makes a great destination for those fond of eco-tourism, adventure and culture as their traditional dress and culture are very much still evident.

Guatemala
Belize

Belize

Formerly British Honduras, Belize is a country defined by various cultures, languages, and ethnic groups including descendants of the Mayans, whose civilisation dominated this region for centuries.

Belize

What to do in Latin America & Antarctica

Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo

Just two hour's drive from the capital Santiago, Portillo is the finest ski resort in Latin America, with a majestic Andean setting and superb powder conditions.

Ski Portillo
Teotihuacan Pyramids

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Less than an hour's drive out of Mexico City lies the unmissable - and enormous - pre-Aztec site of San Juan Teotihuacán.

Teotihuacan Pyramids
San Juan de Chamula

San Juan de Chamula

The fairly banal (in comparison) exterior does not prepare you for the surreal goings-on inside, and to see it really is to believe it.

San Juan de Chamula
Yaxchilan & Bonampak

Yaxchilan & Bonampak

Gaining access to the Yaxchilan site is notoriously difficult, meaning very few visitors make the trip. However we have had a word with our Mexican friends, and have managed to pull a few strings…

Yaxchilan & Bonampak
Tulum

Tulum

Tulum was a site of huge importance between 1000 and 1600 AD, and something of a haven for the elite of the Mayan world.

Tulum
Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá

The ruins of Chichén Itzá are on the UNESCO World Heritage list and the site was crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

Chichén Itzá
Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching at La Paz

Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching at La Paz

Paddle your way around the vivid waters of the Baja Peninsula, camping on pristine beaches by night and spotting wildlife by day.

Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching at La Paz
Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

The iconic mountains that appear in any self-respecting shot of Rio both offer superb panoramic views of the city, its bays and beaches.

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains
Samba

Samba

Characterized by its great diversity, the origins of Brazil’s music lie in its AmerIndian, Portuguese and African roots, and today it is firmly embedded into the Brazilian way of life.

Samba
Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

The most outrageous and spectacular festivities take place in Rio, whose world-famous Carnival and its associated musicians, dancers, floats and parades have become so large that they all take place in the purpose-built sambodrome building, with entries and seating tightly controlled and pre-allocated.

Rio Carnival
Kayaking from Paraty

Kayaking from Paraty

Hundreds of islands with unspoiled tropical wilderness lie just off shore of the Costa Verde and the best way to explore them is by kayak.

Kayaking from Paraty
Helicopter ride

Helicopter ride

Silence the arguments over whether it’s the Argentinian or the Brazilian side of the falls that affords the best view, and see the whole lot from the air in a thrilling helicopter ride.

Helicopter ride
Whale watching, Florianopolis

Whale watching, Florianopolis

Escaping the harsh winter, the whales migrate northwards in search of warmer and calmer waters in which to reproduce and nurse their young calves.

Whale watching, Florianopolis
Corcovardo National Park

Corcovardo National Park

Described by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on Earth', the Osa Peninsula is one big wildlife park but the jewel in the crown has to be the Corcovado National Park.

Corcovardo National Park
Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula

Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula

Warm waters, stunning beaches and fewer people than many surf spots in Costa Rica make the Nicoya Peninsula as close to surfing perfection as you’ll find anywhere.

Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula
Riding in Southern Patagonia

Riding in Southern Patagonia

Although El Chalten is known for its superb hiking and mountain climbing, its pristine wild scenery also lends itself perfectly to some spectacular riding.

Riding in Southern Patagonia
Glacier Ice Trekking

Glacier Ice Trekking

Southern Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park stretches parallel to the Andes for over 120 miles, its most famous members being the Perito Moreno, Upsala and Onelli.

Glacier Ice Trekking
Volcano Tours

Volcano Tours

There are two highly impressive volcanoes within easy reach of San Jose, and well worth day trip's for anyone staying in Costa Rica for more than a flying visit.

Volcano Tours
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Searching for birds and big cats in the wild is all well and good, but at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens you’ll find them all conveniently in one place so you are guaranteed some spectacular close ups of many of the country’s most rare and endangered species.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Fly Fishing in Northern Patagonia

Fly Fishing in Northern Patagonia

Still a fully working farm, Tipiliuke Lodge is part of the 20,000 hectare Cerro de los Pinos country estate founded in 1909 by the grandfather of the current owners.

Fly Fishing in Northern Patagonia
Riding in Northern Patagonia

Riding in Northern Patagonia

Patagonia’s rugged, unpopulated expanse is the sort of landscape that makes everyone want to leap onto a horse and gallop into the distance, cowboy hat round the neck and hair flying.

Riding in Northern Patagonia
Lake Crossing to Chile

Lake Crossing to Chile

Running between the Chilean lakes towns of Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and the Argentinian counterpart; Bariloche, the trip across lakes and borders includes several different modes of transport as the roads and lakes weave their way directly through the mountains. No chance to get bored, and even the kids won’t ask if you’re nearly there yet, as you swap the bus for a catamaran and do the same in reverse when you’re back on solid ground again.

Lake Crossing to Chile
La Boca Football Match

La Boca Football Match

Football fan or not, you are likely to have heard of a controversial footballer by the name of Diego Maradona, who hailing from La Boca, one of the poorer districts of the city - now a bohemian and colourful tourist attraction.

La Boca Football Match
Tango in Buenos Aires

Tango in Buenos Aires

With a history reaching back to the 1880s, the sensual Argentinian national dance comes from roots that combine African slave music with Andalucian melodies and Italian influences.

Tango in Buenos Aires
Capoeira lessons

Capoeira lessons

Original Travel can arrange private or group capoeira and samba lessons in Rio or in Salvador; after all, where better to learn?

Capoeira lessons
Salvador Carnival

Salvador Carnival

The most exciting moment in the Salvador calendar is undoubtedly the spectacular February carnival, when up to two million revellers from all over Brazil and the world fill the streets over four days, dancing, singing and drinking in inimitable Brazilian style.

Salvador Carnival
Trekking in Chapada Diamantina

Trekking in Chapada Diamantina

Trekking is undoubtedly one the best ways to discover all there is to see in Chapada Diamantina, - the Diamond Plateau - a land of underground rivers, cacti and dramatic landscapes which is deservedly considered one of the most fascinating natural areas of Brazil.

Trekking in Chapada Diamantina
Pelourinho district

Pelourinho district

The city of Salvador itself is often referred to as the ‘African Soul’ of Brazil, as descendants of the first African slaves have held tight to their African traditions, and these mingle with the colonial influences to compelling effect.

Pelourinho district
Canopy Tours

Canopy Tours

Swoop through the cloud forest with the greatest of ease on a zip-wire, and discover the rainforest from a hanging bridge high up in the canopy.

Canopy Tours
Arenal

Arenal

Although the perfectly conical volcano Arenal is spectacular to admire from afar, it’s best to get a bit closer to the action with a visit to the Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal.

Arenal

Where to stay in Latin America & Antarctica

Antarctica XXI

Antarctica XXI

The M/V Ocean Nova is the ideal expedition vessel for a discovery journey to Antarctica, allowing guests to enjoy a combination of adventure and elegance.

Antarctica XXI
Playa Vik

Playa Vik

Sister property to Estancia Vik, Playa Vik is very much a work of art in itself, with wacky architectural design and fantastic sea views.

Playa Vik
Casa Ana

Casa Ana

Perfect for honeymooners or chill-time seekers, British art gallery owner Martin Summers, rents his summer haven out to guest looking for that home away from home feel.

Casa Ana
El Balcon del Abra

El Balcon del Abra

The posada El Balcón del Abra is located in a manicured park surrounded by beautiful trees and towering palms, and with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and hills.

El Balcon del Abra
Guardia del Monte

Guardia del Monte

Located on the edge of Castillos Lagoon, Guardia del Monte is one of the few remaining working cattle ranches that still cater to guests, and with beautiful surrounding it’s a personal favourite of ours.

Guardia del Monte
Hotel Fasano Las Piedras

Hotel Fasano Las Piedras

The 480 hectares Fasano Las Piedras estate is a special setting, combining spectacular views of almost Tuscan countryside with British country house elegance, all conveniently located within minutes of the most beautiful beaches of Uruguay.

Hotel Fasano Las Piedras
Narbona Wine Lodge

Narbona Wine Lodge

Narbona Wine Lodge is a beautiful boutique hotel with rustic charm and ideal for those who enjoy superb unknown wines.

Narbona Wine Lodge
Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge

Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge

Located in a rugged oceanfront landscape hidden within forest and dunes, Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge is just a few short footsteps from the beach.

Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge
Posada del Faro

Posada del Faro

The good value Posada del Faro is one of our favourite hotels in Jose Ignacio, snuck away behind the lovely (and relatively quiet) Playa Mansa.

Posada del Faro
 Estancia Vik

Estancia Vik

Merging exceptional design, flawless service and an unparalleled collection of Uruguayan and International Art - Estancia Vik is a luxury boutique hotel surrounded by 4,000 acres of rolling countryside near Jose Ignacio.

Estancia Vik
Estancia Rincon Chico

Estancia Rincon Chico

In the protected wilderness of Peninsula Valdes, Estancia Rincon Chico is a working merino sheep ranch dedicated to preserving the rangeland environment and the precious flora and fauna that inhabit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The isolation and tranquillity of Rincon Chico lends itself to unsurpassed star gazing opportunities and a lark song wake-up call.

Estancia Rincon Chico
El Pedral Lodge

El Pedral Lodge

While El Pedral Lodge is not strictly on Peninsula Valdes itself, this charming former sheep farm sits in a prominent position at the opening to the Golfo Nuevo where southern right whales can be seen coming to calve and killer whales patrol for seal pups.

El Pedral Lodge
Cold drinks at The Condesa, luxury hotel in Mexico City

The Condesa

The Condesa is a stylish design hotel where all the furniture is individually crafted for each individual space.

The Condesa
Four Seasons Mexico City, luxury hotel in Mexico

Four Seasons Mexico City

The Four Seasons in Mexico City is ideally situated on the Paseo de la Reforma, near Chapultepec Park, the National Museum of Anthropology and History, shopping and residential areas.

Four Seasons Mexico City
Design detail at Las Alcobas, luxury hotel in Mexico

Las Alcobas

Located in the fashionable district of Polanco, Las Alcobas is one of Mexico City’s newest and trendiest boutique hotels, surrounded by designer shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

Las Alcobas
The garden at Parador San Juan De Dios, luxury hotel in Mexico

Parador San Juan De Dios

Located in the oldest part of town, Parador San Juan is a converted hacienda that offers guests an authentic yet luxurious experience.

Parador San Juan De Dios
Quinta Chanabnal, luxury hotel in Mexico

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabal is a modern Mayan palace, and is just a ten minute drive from the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque.

Quinta Chanabnal
Pool at Casa Oaxaca, luxury hotel in Mexico

Casa Oaxaca

Housed in an 18th Century colonial house, Casa Oaxaca has been painstakingly restored and modernised to create a designer boutique hotel.

Casa Oaxaca
Hotelito Desconocido, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hotelito Desconocido

Hotelito Desconocido is a romantic hideaway situated 60 miles (2hr drive) south of Puerto Vallarta on a wetland nature reserve.

Hotelito Desconocido
Cuixada, luxury hotel in Mexico

Cuixmala

Cuixmala is set in 25,000 acres of land, lagoons and beaches on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Cuixmala
The pool at Viceroy Riviera Maya, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Riviera Maya

The Viceroy is a boutique beach front resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula.

Viceroy Riviera Maya
Beachbed at Be Tulum, luxury hotel in Mexico

Be Tulum

Leave the ankle-nippers at home, Be Tulum is a boutique luxury hotel with an unbeatable beachfront location, and designed with relaxation in mind, is exclusively for grown ups.

Be Tulum
Esencia, luxury hotel in Mexico

Esencia

Esencia is a chic beach retreat set on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the ‘Riviera Maya’ of Mexico’s Yucatán coast.

Esencia
Hacienda San Jose, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda San José

Hacienda San José is a secluded ‘boutique hacienda’ located on the Yucatán peninsula, 24 miles south-east of Mérida.

Hacienda San José
Private dining at Hacienda Temozon, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda Temozon

Hacienda Temozon is located approximately 25 miles from the city of Mérida, in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.

Hacienda Temozon
Chapel at Hacienda Uayamon, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda Uayamon

Hacienda Uayamon is located in the Yucatan Peninsula close to the walled city of Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico and next to the vast Mayan ruins of Edzna.

Hacienda Uayamon
Maroma Resort Spa, luxury hotel in Mexico

Maroma Resort & Spa

Maroma Resort & Spa by Belmond is an idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán peninsula.

Maroma Resort & Spa
Rosewood Mayakoba, luxury hotel  in Mexico

Rosewood Mayakoba

The Rosewood Mayakoba is set in the heart of the 1,600 acre Rosewood resort, just 30 minutes south of Cancun and north of Playa del Carmen. With a mile of white sand beach, it stretches back into lush jungle interspersed with a meandering lagoon.

Rosewood Mayakoba
Copper Canyon at Sierra Lodge, luxury hotel in Mexico

Sierra Lodge

Those in need of the mod-est of mod cons might find Sierra Lodge a little on the spartan side, but it's hard to beat this place for sheer character.

Sierra Lodge
The terrace at Posada Hidalgo, luxury hotel in Mexico

Posada Hidalgo

This beautiful colonial mansion is now a charming hotel comprising three adjacent haciendas surrounded by tropical gardens and a lovely ramada.

Posada Hidalgo

Details for Latin America & Antarctica

A little more info

LATIN AMERICA HOLIDAYS

Wildlife nuts can travel to a secret spot that we know deep in the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil where jaguar sightings are all but guaranteed. We can arrange tailormade adventures into the remote Amazon rainforest, or mountaineering with expert guides in the Andes and diving to the Galapagos Islands. Party animals have to visit Rio and history buffs the various - invariably spectacular - ruined cities of the great indigenous peoples, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas.

ANTARCTICA HOLIDAYS

As for Antarctica, just contemplating this enormous land mass tends to bring out our inner statistician. Example - while Antarctica comprises nearly 10% of earth's landmass it is (semi-permanent) home to a mere 0.00002% of its population. But before you consider that a tempting change from a crowded island like the UK, mull over the reason why - it's essentially a frozen desert, and recently recorded the coldest ever temperature, an eye-freezing -89°C. Away from the harsh conditions of the interior, and at the right time of year (between November and March) Original Travel arranges cruises on the best new ships or, for the really adventurous, exclusive itineraries including visits to vast ice caves on the polar plateau, skiing across enormous snow fields, ice climbing and kite-skiing.

Saskia and Stephanie are our Latin America & Antarctica experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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