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Chile, a sliver of a nation wedged between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, offers an unparalleled array of natural landscapes and cultural experiences. From the arid Atacama Desert to the icy fjords of Patagonia, this South American country captivates travelers with its geographical diversity and rich heritage….
Chile’s diverse landscapes demand a meticulously planned packing strategy to ensure travelers can comfortably transition from the arid Atacama Desert to the icy reaches of Patagonia. This packing guide is your comprehensive companion for preparing for Chile’s multifaceted environments, ensuring you’re equipped for urban exploration, outdoor adventures…
Determining the best time to travel to Chile hinges on a multitude of factors, including regional climates, peak tourist seasons, and the array of festivals and activities that one wishes to experience. The most opportune time to visit this South American gem is during its shoulder seasons…
Chile’s wildlife is a vibrant tapestry of biodiversity, woven with unique species that are a testament to the country’s ecological richness. With a high level of endemism and a diverse range of ecosystems, Chile is a living laboratory for conservationists and nature enthusiasts alike….
Chile, a sliver of a nation stretching along the western edge of South America, offers an astonishing variety of landscapes and experiences that make it an essential destination for travelers in 2024. From the driest desert on Earth to the vast ice fields of Patagonia…
Welcome to the land of tango, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes – Argentina! A vacation in Argentina promises an unforgettable adventure filled with diverse experiences that will leave you mesmerized and wanting more. With its majestic…
Nestled in the heart of South America, Ecuador is a land of incredible diversity, captivating landscapes, and unparalleled natural beauty. A vacation in Ecuador promises an extraordinary journey, with opportunities to embark on exciting…
Welcome to an exhilarating journey through the vibrant landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and diverse experiences that Colombia has to offer. Nestled in the heart of South America, Colombia has emerged as an enchanting destination for travelers…
Welcome to Chile, a land of unparalleled beauty, rich culture, and diverse landscapes that promise an unforgettable experience for every traveler. Chile tours offer an immersive journey through a country that boasts the world’s driest desert, towering…
Peru, a land of breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, beckons travelers with its awe-inspiring wonders. Among its many treasures, Machu Picchu stands tall as an iconic testament to the ancient Incan civilization. Peru…
Considered to be one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Colombia is likewise brimming with a variety of experiences for all types of travelers. The only South American country to have both an Atlantic and Pacific coast, Colombia is also…
If you are considering a family trip to Peru, you are most likely seeking Peru fun facts to pique the interest of the youngest travelers in your group. Peru’s incredible topographical diversity, its rich variety of flora and fauna, exquisite cuisine…
Though Peru has been in Latin America’s culinary spotlight for the past decade, Ecuador has its own roster of dishes and flavors that are worth traveling for. On a custom-designed journey to Ecuador with Latin Excursions, we can make it simple…
Since the vaccine rollout and lessening of travel bans, the ‘new normal’ for U.S. travelers are having to get tested before leaving the U.S. and prior to re-entering. This can be a stress-inducing responsibility, especially as many countries have different…
Parents everywhere want to make sure their kids are engaged during school vacations. Traveling can be one of the most rewarding experiences at any age, but it is particularly transformative for a young person. While visiting Havana…
Let’s be honest: food is at the heart of many of our fondest travel memories. The faintest flavor or scent has the power to transport us back to a beachside resort where a private chef prepared a magnificent feast—or perhaps to a humble street side cart…
Take flight over striking mountains capes, coffee regions and vineyards when you embark on a hot air balloon or helicopter adventure in Latin America. Aerial tours are an unforgettable sky-high experience that can be shared by families, friends…
Slightly smaller in size than the U.S. state of Massachusetts, with a population of less than 400,000 people, Belize is a gem of Latin America that promotes nature-based wellness and adventure. A destination for ocean lovers as much as it is for history…
Some travel destinations require a superior amount of planning and logistics in order to witness one-of-a-kind natural phenomena, celebrations and more—and that’s why now is the time to plan for 2022. And if the pandemic has taught…
Running almost 2700 miles (4350 KM) from north to south along the Pacific coast of South America, Chile is one of the longest (and narrowest) countries in the world. As slender as it may be, the Andean nation is brimming with national parks…
Due to the ongoing (yet dwindling) global pandemic, it’s likely been a longer time than usual since you last traveled. New travel regulations and protocols have been put in place to ensure your safety as well as that of every other traveler —but those are not…
The ancient and mystical allure of Easter Island extends well beyond the Polynesian island’s iconic stone shrines (moai). Rapu Nui – the original name of the Chilean territory as well as its indigenous culture’€”is located in the South Pacific ocean,…
Divided by the Andes Mountains, South America’s Patagonia region stretches across southern Argentina and Chile, covering an impressive 402,704 square miles (just over 1 million square meters). It is considered to be one of the most breathtaking yet…
Known as Earth’s white continent, Antarctica provides travelers with a far more enriching experience than would be expected from a land covered by 90% ice. Not to mention that, as the source of 70% of our planet’s freshwater, Antarctica plays…
For visitors to the Ecuadorian archipelago, Galapagos cruises are the ultimate travel experience. Offering top comfort, privacy and personalization of your itinerary, a chartered or shared yacht will enhance your journey in one of the most…
Straddling the Andes with one foot dipped in the Pacific Ocean and the other tangled in the wild Amazon rainforest, Peru is a nation where over 100 indigenous languages survive, Hispanic and native traditions intermix, and travelers can encounter…
Though largely untouched by human activity in its (geologically) young lifetime, the Galapagos archipelago is no stranger to environmental threats. In fact, less than 15 years ago the United Nations declared that the Ecuadorian islands were in…
While many Belize natives can be heard speaking a creole patois or even an indigenous Mayan language such as Yucatec, Mopán, or Kekchí, the official language of the Central American nation is English. And yet, despite the ease of communication…
Despite having reopened months ago for tourism, the remote Galapagos Islands continue to struggle economically in the wake of the global pandemic. In March 2020, when the spread of Covid-19 caused travel to come to a halt, families and local…
You have probably seen photos of the dreamy Caribbean waters that brush the shoreline of Cartagena de Indias, and heard of the outstanding biodiversity shielded by the verdant Antioquian mountainsides—but to experience Colombia firsthand is to…
If you and yours are looking for a relaxing and incredibly private getaway in a pristine destination, let us remind you that the Galapagos Archipelago ‘situated 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador’ is an incredibly untouched, visually stunning part for…
Travel makes real what videos and blogs can only represent: travel allows us to be fully immersed in other cultures and parts of the world; to taste, feel and see something new while strengthening our bond to nature and those who accompany us on the…
Long revered for producing some of the best coffee in the world, Colombia is a reenergizing destination for many reasons that go beyond the irresistible caffeine buzz: a bustling capital city; sightseeing excursions that take you up emerald mountains by…
If we told you there is a nation with intensely rich volcanic soil from which some of the finest coffee beans in the world are grown, where a coastline of some 800 miles is hugged by both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, and where 25% of its…
Most often associated with the eponymous canal that, when completed in 1914, would speed up and cut costs for transporting cargo between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Panama has given travelers who seek comfort and exclusivity plenty of reason…
Welcome to the Galapagos Islands! In 1835, Charles Darwin arrived in the Galapagos Islands aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. A trained naturalist, Darwin was blown away by the array of species on the archipelago’s 20+ islands. His observations lead him to…
When people ask me what it’s like to travel to Peru and Machu Picchu for the first time, my response is simple, “Peru is a destination you could explore for the rest of your life and not see the same thing twice; in Peru you can expect a new adventure…
When you think about the best wines in South America, often Argentina’s world-famous Malbec vines in Mendoza, or Chile’s verdant Central Wine Valley come instantly to mind. However, there’s a new kid on the block, a country whose winery scene is…
A few years ago while seeking out the most rare and unique experiences we can offer in Ecuador, I was invited to a chocolate tasting class in Cumbayá. This small mountain town is booming with inspired startups and modern expressions of the culture…
Panama, a land where the past and present intertwine magnificently. From remote beaches where howler monkeys wake you up with the rising sun, to historic neighborhoods that have unique cuisine on every corner, this destination has something…
Picture pristine rainforests teeming with life, long crescents of powdery sand lapped by cerulean seas, hypnotic dances in the streets of preserved colonial towns and the energetic buzz of lively barrios at night; this is just a snapshot of what a…
At Latin Excursions, we take pride in making your journey a meaningful time with family and friends never to be forgotten. Visiting Galapagos Islands is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Earth as it once was entirely before human…
There are many truths and myths about this controversy that can be found on the internet. The information cited below is compiled from more than 17 years designing custom trips to the Galapagos. I use the term, “custom” because travelers can…
Brazil is a unique and extraordinary place offering a staggering array of exotic, colorful and sensual experiences that range from the fascinating natural sanctuaries to the contagious rhythms of Bahia and sprawling sophistication of Rio de Janeiro and…
If you are not taking the train to Machu Picchu, understand that your only other option is hiking. There are no roads that lead to Machu Picchu; the entry hub to the Seventh Wonder of the world is Ollantaytambo. Whether you are taking the train, the single…
Waiting until the last minute to plan a South America journey will certainly put you in a bind due to slim availability for the best lodgings, guides, trekking permits, National Parks, and UNESCO Heritage sites being booked months/years in advance….
Our founder, Eric Sheets, is on Wendy’s WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts for his expertise and connections in Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama. At Latin Excursions, we arrange everything from custom itineraries that highlight Colombia’s different…
A Colombia honeymoon has become one of the most popular destinations for such travel over the past decade for many reasons. The diversity of options for adventure activities abounds from the Caribbean coast to the coffee regions, as well as the…
Glamping seems to be an up and coming trend in the travel industry recently, extraordinary lodges such as Galapagos Safari Camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and Corocora Tented Camp in Colombia are popping up left and right. This is…
We at Latin Excursions love Peru, adore the Inca Trail and know all too well that visiting Machu Picchu is one of the most rewarding travel experiences in the world. So, imagine avoiding the crowds and enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime tour on a…
Start your life together as a couple on a very special honeymoon experience in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of South America’s Ecuador. Do only the things the two of you enjoy when you break free from the cookie-cutter honeymoon plan…
The Atacama is not for everybody. But for adventurous travelers it is a must-do, bucket list destination. How can that be? Read on to learn more about Chile’s Atacama Desert which stretches from a high plateau of the Andes all the way down to the Pacific Ocean!…
The reward for a well-planned wedding ceremony and reception is the honeymoon! It’s when you get to wave goodbye to everyone who celebrated the event with you. South America is a preferred choice for honeymooners. This is happening for a variety…
A trip to the Galapagos Islands is undoubtedly one of those experiences that will leave a lasting impression on your psyche. Famed for its variety of endemic wildlife as well as its impressive landscapes that range from volcanoes to stunning beaches,…
Ecuador is the gateway to Galapagos Islands which are a part of Ecuador even though they lie over 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Because of this, people from all around the world pass through Quito and Guayaquil en route. But did you…
Some of the most worthwhile destinations in the world are also a little harder to get to. No matter where in the world you are coming from, traveling to the Galapagos requires you to connect in Ecuador, either through Quito or Guayaquil. From there you…
The Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands are two of the world’s most exciting destinations for wildlife safaris and nature experiences, topping the bucket lists of many travelers around the globe. With their rich biodiversity,…
Latin Excursions is delighted to be selected on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List 2022 as one of her trusted travel experts for Latin America. Read on to find out more about the WOW List, Wendy Perrin, and exactly why we have been handpicked as her go-to…
You have made the decision that you want to visit the Galapagos Islands. We understand! It is one of our favorite places in the world! Now, its time to decide between Galapagos cruises or land based tours. Or maybe a little of both! Read on to find out…
Not sure when you want to schedule your vacation to the Galapagos? The number of visitors to these far off islands in the middle of the Pacific increase every year. So, experience your own slice of paradise before the crowds get here and see…
Having had such a tumultuous history in the 80’s and the 90’s due to violence arising from drug and revolutionary political groups, it is no secret that Colombia earned itself a reputation as being one of the more dangerous places in the world. However…
The Galapagos Islands is one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Composed of 18 major islands and other islets, this Pacific archipelago dazzles visitors with its volcanic landscapes, fearless wildlife, pristine beaches and fascinating…
On the northern coast of Colombia, it seems as if the sights and sounds of the Caribbean-Latino lifestyle never cease. Cartagena de Indias is the gem of the coast in this country known for its coffee and its passion, a port city which has long been the…
Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 on the tip of a peninsula on the Río de la Plata estuary, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Colonia’s cobblestone streets are reminiscent of old Lisbon, lined with small museums, tiny bars, fine restaurants and…
The New Year is celebrated with “gusto” across South America, but it’s hard to think of more lively and sensational celebrations than those in Cartagena, Colombia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay. If you plan to visit these cities…
Awasi is a classy, cozy and colorful lodge from which to explore the highlights of the enchanting Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Beyond its luxurious features and exquisite cuisine, Awasi’s private and personalized excursions make it stand…
The beaches of the Galapagos are not the stereotypical beaches you will find in other parts of the world; here, you can find white sand beaches surrounded by mangroves, black lava beaches and hidden coves, all abundant with wildlife like sea…
Learn Chileno: Standard Spanish might be the official language, but colloquially, Chilenan Spanish is what you’ll find on the streets. This unique dialect has its own special blend of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, slang, and loanwords inspired…
Whenever timing and schedules permit, it is a good idea to arrive at the Galapagos Islands at least 1 day before your cruise begins, allowing some flexibility in case are any travel complications along the way. This is particularly recommended if you are flying…
The author of the 1859 book On the Origin of Species, Darwin ignited what would turn out to be a forever debate about the merits of evolutions against the traditional ideas of creation based on religious testaments. As he traversed the waters around…
A trip to Argentina can start in the most unassuming of places – a stroll through wine country known as Mendoza, a bike ride through the tango capital Buenos Aires, or perhaps a boat ride at the imposing Iguazu Falls – but take you to the…
Looking back on the first time that I went to the Galapagos, I realized that I had no idea what I was getting myself into (as is often the case when we look behind us!). I had expected to see a few animals here and there, maybe a good sunset every night…
Deep in southern Colombia is a mysterious destination that few visitors have ventured to discover in the last 30 years. This is because this region was once the stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC. Today…
Although South America consists of 13 unique countries, the behemoth Brazil geographically comprises about half of the land area. That’s a large destination! For your next trip to see some of the most famous landscapes…
When the first wave of Chinese immigrants first came to Peru in the late 1800s, they were considered part of the lowest working class, seeking work in mines and sugar plantations after the country outlawed slavery. The nature of the work meant that…
Whether you are looking for some time off from bouncing between numerous destinations in South America or need a break from the roar and rumble of Rio in June and July 2013 due to the World Cup, Brazil’s Corumbau is perhaps the ultimate escape…