- for great beaches - there's great beaches all over Brazil and on islands in Colombia
- for sophisticated cities - Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio
- for wine lovers - Argentina and Chile produce world class wines and have boutique places to stay and play. Brazil also has it's own wine producing region and Peru has it's Pisco-producing region
- for quaint towns - places like Paraty and Ouro Preto in Brazil, Bariloche in Argentina, Guatape, Barichara, Salento and others in Colombia, Cuenca in Ecuador
- if you like cruises - choose from a variety of Amazon and Galapagos cruises, Patagonia cruises, Antarctic cruises, coastal Ecuador cruises. But without being with 1000's of other people like on the big cruise ships
- are you an ancient history buff? - UNESCO says that over 300 archaeological sites have been found within Serra da Capivara park, the majority consisting of rock and wall paintings dating from 50,000-30,000 years Before Present. Or in 2017, scientists discovered 12,000 year old rock paintings panning nearly eight miles of cliff face in the Colombian Amazon. More recent Colonial gems can be found all over South America.
You may be pondering where to go on your next vacation, since it's getting close to summertime in the northern hemisphere. Let's take a look at what your interests are and see what places you might consider.
Due to pent up demand during the pandemic and to historic popularity, some of the traditional hotspots are going to be packed. In fact, some places such as Barcelona, Venice and Amsterdam are trying to figure out ways to control the number of tourists because they are being overwhelmed. And, as you may have noticed, there's been a number of strikes by transport workers in London, Paris and in Germany, so things might be chaotic there for a while.
So here's some alternate places to consider:
And more good news - countries like Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are only a few hours away from Miami, Dallas and Houston.
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Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time