Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Plateau) is one of the most fascinating natural parks in Brazil. A scenic mountain range that has an average altitude of over 1000m (3000 feet). The area offers some of the most scenic landscapes you can find in the country.
In a recent Portrait of American Travelers study, it was noted that 67% of American travelers now express an interest in experiencing foreign foods. That is up from 51% just 2 years ago. Millenials showed the most interest while mature travelers showed the least interest. I wonder if that is partially due to tv celebrities like Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain who travel around the world eating local food? At any rate, it seems that will eventually hurt the malls I've seen in foreign countries that have nothing but American fast food restaurants in them.
South America is definitely an area where local chefs are developing cuisines that are evolving and enticing travelers.
I'm sure that people who love to travel are wondering where it is safe to travel to now. With all of the warnings about the Zika virus and the terrorist activities, it seems like the options are narrowing - now even Miami might be seen as a risky place to go to, and areas of Chicago (for another reason).
As you probably know, the international media has been broadcasting news about the Zika virus, making it sound like the virus has spread into all areas everywhere in South and Central America. I’m sure some people are going to overreact and think “I’m not going to go anywhere down there". But that is like saying “there’s been rioting in Missouri, so I’m afraid to go to the United States”. For instance the map below indicates whole countries that have had cases, even if they maybe have only been in certain areas of each country.
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time