Well, there’s never been a better time to do so.
So you love steak and tango. Can’t blame you — who doesn’t?
The country of Argentina, the seventh largest in the world, has appealing features that have made it a tourist hub over the years. One of the tourist hotspots in Argentina is Buenos Aires, its capital. As per The Crazy Tourist, “Buenos Aires is waiting with its amazing steaks, red wine, and plenty of sites to occupy you for days on end. This city rarely sleeps and you’ll have a chance to explore many weekend ferias or markets, great dining establishments, historic sites, plazas, and museums during your visit. Sip a glass of malbec, eat an empanada in the park, or go out and practice your tango skills… or just leave it to the professionals. When you’re tired from all the exploring and shopping, order a café con leche and relax alongside the hip Porteños (as the people of the city are called). “The Paris of South America” with its endless cafes, nightclubs, delicious foods, and European architecture will be ready to go when you’ve recovered.”
Ever heard of Patagonia? You probably have.
As per Planet Ware, “At the southern end of Argentina, Patagonia is famous for its spectacular landscapes: a dramatic mix of the Andes and long stretches of plains and plateaus. Most adventures here start in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Established as a penal colony in the early 20th century and now a popular jumping-off point for trips to Antarctica or around Cape Horn, this town on Beagle Channel is surrounded by a unique landscape of mountains, sea, glaciers, and woods on the edge of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, with its spectacular scenery and diverse flora and fauna. Popular attractions include the San Juan de Salvamento Lighthouse — also known as the End of the World Lighthouse — built in 1884 on the Isla de los Estados, the End of the World Museum with its exhibits relating to the region’s natural history.”
Just be ready to eat a lot of meat. You’ve been warned.
Brazil is a beautiful country and, as you can imagine, there is a lot to do there — besides dance and drink. Although if that’s all you do while there, we certainly will understand.
As per Get Your Guide, “Travelers to Brazil will be constantly inspired by both the lush natural surroundings and the many things to do and see. Everyone has heard of Copacabana, but it’s necessary to really experience this fantastic destination. The views of Ipanema Beach, the delicious local cuisine, and the rich history of the area are guaranteed to astound. To truly get a feel for Copacabana, enjoy the same pastimes and dining experiences as Carioca, or local residents, such as taking a stroll though Garota de Ipanema Park or sipping on a refreshing Coconut Water drink.
Brazil’s National Park is another wonder. Walk through the flourishing Missioner Forest, see the breathtaking Iguassu Falls and enjoy all nature has to offer, including spectacular views and amazing scenery. No trip to Brazil would be complete without a stop in bustling Rio de Janeiro. Visit Carioca Square and wander around the vast Financial District. Then consider taking the city’s last remaining Tram Line to Santa Teresa, one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in Rio. While there, visit the Chacara do Ceu Museum and take pleasure in this remarkable and artistic district.”
We’ve all seen photos and video clips of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer.
As per Mental Floss, “Following the creation of the Brazilian republic in 1889, which separated church and state, fear began to grow amongst Catholics that the nation was headed toward a precipice. After World War I, followers felt they needed a symbol to counteract what they saw as increasing “godlessness” throughout the country. In 1920, they selected engineer Heitor da Silva Costa’s design of a statue of Christ to be situated atop Mount Corcovado overlooking the city. Da Silva Costa’s initial sketch was of Christ carrying a large cross in one hand and a globe in the other. The statue, he noted, should face the rising sun. While the design initially won over the project’s organizers, it quickly gained the playful name “Christ with a ball.” After surveying Corcovado from various points throughout the city and consulting with Brazilian artist Carlos Oswald, Da Silva Costa came up with a new design: an Art Deco, arms-wide-open Christ.
Da Silva Costa traveled to France in search of a world-class sculptor to turn his divine design into reality. He eventually commissioned Paul Landowski, a French-Polish sculptor who further sharpened the statue’s Art Deco design. Over the next several years, Landowski fashioned the 98-foot tall sculpture in clay pieces, which were then shipped to Brazil and remade with reinforced concrete. Reinforced concrete, which had just recently been developed, was one of the few materials strong enough to support the statue and its wide-wingspan design. But Da Silva Costa and others felt concrete was too rough for the fine contours of Christ’s image. Afraid that his monument would end up a failure, Da Silva Costa found inspiration in a fountain along Paris’s Champs Elysees. Tiles lining the fountain accentuated its curves in just the way Da Silva Costa hoped to see in his design. He immediately updated the project’s plans, and eventually chose soapstone to craft the tiles. According to the BBC, workers who made the tiles frequently wrote on the back, meaning Christ the Redeemer is littered with hidden messages.”
If you travel to Brazil, make it a point to see the statue in person.
And when you’re done with that, make sure to play some footy with the locals. I hear they may be into the sport. A bit.
So you like Narcos on Netflix. Can’t blame you.
Whether you’re in the mood to visit Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Medellin, Cartagena, or another city, every city in the country has its own unique charm, so make sure to do your research.
As per Lonely Planet, “Colombia’s equatorial position affords it a diversity of landscapes matched by few countries. A slight tinkering in altitude takes you from sun-toasted Caribbean sands to coffee-strewn, emerald-green hilltops in the Zona Cafetera. Continue to climb and there’s Bogotá, the bustling cradle of Colombia and third-highest capital city in the world. Throw in another few thousand meters and you find snowcapped peaks, high-altitude lakes and the eerie, unique vegetation of the páramo. The bottom drops out as the Andes give way to Los Llanos, a 550,000 square kilometer swath of tropical grasslands shared with Venezuela, often called the Serengeti of South America.
Colombia’s varied terrain is fertile ground for outdoor adventurers to dive, climb, raft, trek and soar. San Gil is the undisputed adventure capital, but Colombia boasts alfresco pleasures in all corners. Some of the continent’s most iconic trekking is here, and is dramatically varied: Ciudad Perdida is a multiday jungle walk to the ancient ruins of the Tayrona civilization, while numerous ascents place intrepid hikers among the highest reaches of the Andes. Providencia’s world-class reef spells aquatic heaven for scuba divers, and whale-watchers on the Pacific coast can see majestic humpbacks in the wild.
A wealth of ancient civilizations left behind a fascinating spread of archaeological and cultural sites throughout Colombia. The one-time Tayrona capital, Ciudad Perdida, built between the 11th and 14th centuries, is one of the continent’s most mysterious ancient cities, arguably second only to Machu Picchu. Even more shrouded in mystery is San Agustín, where more than 500 life-sized ancient sculpted statues of enigmatic origin dot the surrounding countryside. And then there’s Tierradentro, where elaborate underground tombs scooped out by an unknown people add even more mystique to Colombia’s past.”
And don’t forget to try their sancocho after a big night of booze. It will soak up all the aguardiente from last night.
There are countries rich in culture and then there is Peru. You could spend a month in Peru and not see everything you want to see.
As per Planet Ware, “Perched high upon a ridge, 300 meters above the Urubamba River, the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu is one of the most dramatic settings of a ruined city anywhere in the world. Almost as impressive as the ruins themselves is the spectacular backdrop of steep, lush, and often cloud-shrouded mountains. Standing near the caretaker’s hut, looking out over Machu Picchu, the jungle covered mountains, and the river far below, it is not hard to imagine why the Incas chose this place to build their city. The journey is also part of the experience of visiting Machu Picchu, whether it’s by hiking the Inca Trail or seeing the route by train. In either case, it’s impossible not to be inspired by the scenery.
The famous Inca Trail is a four-day hike, which terminates at Machu Picchu, and is regarded by many as the highlight of their trip to Peru. This scenic trail is often more demanding than what many people are expecting, but also more rewarding.
The sparkling blue water of Lake Titicaca is surrounded by rolling hills and traditional small villages, offering a mix of beautiful scenery and culture that sets it apart from other regions of the country. Sitting at 3,820 meters above sea level, Lake Titicaca is known for being the highest navigable lake in the world, but it is also an extraordinarily scenic area where visitors can relax and enjoy some tranquility.”
That sounds kind of nice.
As per The Huffington Post, “Peru is one of those places that make iconically beautiful countries like South Africa and Thailand feel a hint of jealousy. The nation’s thriving melting pot of cultures reflect a vibrant, diverse community, many with roots as far back to the Incas and other sophisticated pre-Columbian civilizations. The country is riddled with archaeological sites that tell the story of these civilizations, which left a legacy that still lives on in the art, customs and traditions found in modern-day Peru. Tucked away within the striking Andes mountains range lies Cuzco, the breathtaking Andean City, and the former capital of the Inca Empire. The city is peppered with luscious greenery, expansive farms and ancient ruins, leaving you no other choice but to feel as though you’ve stepped out of reality and back into the 13th century.”
Go easy on the pisco sours. No more than 20 per night.