Latin America & the Caribbean

Latin America encompasses all the countries in North, Central and South America where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken. It stretches all the way from Mexico in the north to Chile and Argentina in the south. Latin America has countless popular travel destinations and attracts visitors with its stunning landscapes, fascinating history and unique cultures. Mexico is a very popular destination for North American and European travellers and seduces with its beautiful beach resorts and its colonial interior. Central America includes Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, and many of these countries have gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Their tropical rain forests also attract many eco-tourists.

South America has its share of popular tourist destinations. Many adventurous tourists flock to countries such as Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. In addition to the majestic Andes Mountains with their ancient civilizations (for example Machu Picchu), the tropical jungle of the Amazon River, the wide expanses of the Pampas and the arctic destinations at the very south of the continent, travellers will also find vibrant metropolitan areas such as Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Cusco, La Paz, Quito, Bogota, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

The islands of the Caribbean Sea also offer rich travel opportunities. The islands in the Greater Antilles include Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Cayman Islands, most of which have an extremely well developed tourism infrastructure.

The Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles abound with travel opportunities and include, among others more, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Montserrat and Anguilla. The Windward Islands encompass Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. Last but not least, there are the ABC Islands: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

The Caribbean Islands are extremely popular for resort vacationers and honeymooners, but independent travellers will also find areas with interesting history and eco-tourism opportunities. The islands offer great cultural diversity, combining the original Arawak and Carib heritage with African culture and influences from the Spanish, Portuguese, British , French, Dutch and Danish colonizers.

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During the cold North American winters, the warm weather and the beautiful Mexico beaches draw millions of tourists to relaxing vacations and holidays in all-inclusive resorts. Mexico is one of the most affordable vacation destinations, especially for North Americans,

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Brazil covers half of the land mass of South America and has amazing natural resources. The country’s numerous cultural and historic sites as well as its diverse scenery have made it the third most important… Read more.

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Mexico is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. In 2008 almost 23 million visitors traveled there from abroad, not surprisingly, given Mexico’s outstanding attractions: its gorgeous beaches, its Meso-American ruins and… Read more.

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