It is as if South and Central America were designed to make you dance. With the samba in Brazil, tango in Argentina and the distinctly Spanish-influenced sounds in Mexico, your feet won’t stop moving long after you return home.
This is a continent where adventure and nature abound. Fro river cruises along the Amazon, to scuba diving in the second-largest coral reef (only beaten by the Great Barrier Reef), each country has its own unique way of stirring your senses and getting the adrenaline running. History fans can spot Mayan ruins in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, whilst animals lovers can search the cloud forests of Costa Rica for exotic birds and howler monkeys. Further south, Patagonia provides an otherworldly environment filled with soaring peaks, giant glaciers and captivating vistas.
Of course, if you want a relaxing break there is also plenty of options available. Unwind on white sand beaches along both coasts or just soak up the atmosphere of the people. Their enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious and will stay with you for years after you have packed away your sandals.
South America Facts & Figures
- The second largest coral reef is located in the Yucatan waters off Mexico
- Central America is also known as Mesoamerica, it is the strip of land that connects North America and South America. Though technically part of North America it has a lot more in common with the South.
- The Panama Canal is one of the great engineering triumphs of the 20th century. It is the only waterway to connect the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
- Only 20 people are fluent in the El Salvadorean Pipil language
- The Andes form the second highest mountain system in the world next to the Himalayas.
- The Angel Falls is the Highest Waterfall in the World and is located in the South Eastern part of Venezuela.
- The Amazon is the second largest river in the world, after the Nile in Egypt