SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

 

From pulsating city centres to tranquil beaches and rich culture to notable mountain ranges, South and Central America ooze culture. Iconic panoramas surround every city throughout the various countries. From beach holidays to multi-centre trips, city breaks to winter activities, South and Central America have something for everyone.Here at Llandaff Travel, our team of experts are on hand to help you plan the trip of a lifetime. From offering you inspiration and guidance to making recommendations, contact us today to enquire about holidays to South and Central America.

 

 

From pulsating city centres to tranquil beaches and rich culture to notable mountain ranges, South and Central America ooze culture. Iconic panoramas surround every city throughout the various countries. From beach holidays to multi-centre trips, city breaks to winter activities, South and Central America have something for everyone.Here at Llandaff Travel, our team of experts are on hand to help you plan the trip of a lifetime. From offering you inspiration and guidance to making recommendations, contact us today to enquire about holidays to South and Central America.

 

argentina

ARGENTINA

From vivacious cities to glaciers, Argentina’s diverse terrain presents a wide array of things to do and see.

 

A bustling city, Buenos Aires has become one of the main attractions for those visiting Argentina. European inspired architecture fills the city, while the culture and friendliness of the locals have seen the city named one of the most liveable cities. Rich in Latin art, a variety of districts and quarters, learn the Tango as the sunsets over the city. Bursting with vibrant colours, La Boca is not to be missed. From the street art sprawling the buildings to the zinc shacks lining the neighbourhood, the quaint town is a sight to behold. Away from La Boca, the wine country of Mendoza offers panoramas of vineyards.

 

Contrasting the vibrant colours that the north offers, Southern Argentina’s landscape predominantly consists of impeccable landscapes of glaciers, ice fields and mountain ranges. Los Glaciares National Park is a vision on its own. A shimmering lake falls at the foot of the snowy mountain tops, offering a mirror image as the reflection glistens. While ideal for hiking, Bariloche is the place to be for winter sports. A small town surrounded by the Andes Mountains, hike, ski or bike the mountain range.

argentina

ARGENTINA

From vivacious cities to glaciers, Argentina’s diverse terrain presents a wide array of things to do and see.

 

A bustling city, Buenos Aires has become one of the main attractions for those visiting Argentina. European inspired architecture fills the city, while the culture and friendliness of the locals have seen the city named one of the most liveable cities. Rich in Latin art, a variety of districts and quarters, learn the Tango as the sunsets over the city. Bursting with vibrant colours, La Boca is not to be missed. From the street art sprawling the buildings to the zinc shacks lining the neighbourhood, the quaint town is a sight to behold. Away from La Boca, the wine country of Mendoza offers panoramas of vineyards.

 

Contrasting the vibrant colours that the north offers, Southern Argentina’s landscape predominantly consists of impeccable landscapes of glaciers, ice fields and mountain ranges. Los Glaciares National Park is a vision on its own. A shimmering lake falls at the foot of the snowy mountain tops, offering a mirror image as the reflection glistens. While ideal for hiking, Bariloche is the place to be for winter sports. A small town surrounded by the Andes Mountains, hike, ski or bike the mountain range.

belize

BELIZE

Located on the Caribbean coast, the small, yet striking island of Belize offers a taste of paradise. Home to stretches of white sandy beaches, a barrier reef, ancient temple ruins and astonishing panoramas, what is not to love?

 

Ideal for beach and resort holidays, Palencia’s resorts feature palm-lined beaches, scenic sunsets and an energetic community that welcomes travellers from across the world. Easily accessible, Palencia provides dive sites for the Belize Barrier Reef. Boasting the world’s second-largest Barrier Reef, the crystal clear waters are home to exquisite species including turtles and manatees. Surrounded by beaches and infused with the country’s history including Mayan remains, Belize city offers a tranquil setting.

belize

BELIZE

Located on the Caribbean coast, the small, yet striking island of Belize offers a taste of paradise. Home to stretches of white sandy beaches, a barrier reef, ancient temple ruins and astonishing panoramas, what is not to love?

 

Ideal for beach and resort holidays, Palencia’s resorts feature palm-lined beaches, scenic sunsets and an energetic community that welcomes travellers from across the world. Easily accessible, Palencia provides dive sites for the Belize Barrier Reef. Boasting the world’s second-largest Barrier Reef, the crystal clear waters are home to exquisite species including turtles and manatees. Surrounded by beaches and infused with the country’s history including Mayan remains, Belize city offers a tranquil setting.

bolivia

BOLIVIA

Nestled between countries included Chile, Peru, Brazil and Paraguay, Bolivia boasts one of the most diverse terrains in South America. The world’s largest and most remarkable salt flat, Salar de Uyuni offers an impeccable landscape that stretches over more than 4,000 square miles. The remarkable surface reflects the sky come day or night and is a sight to behold as the sun rises and sets over the unique terrain.

 

Contrasting Salar de Uyuni, Isla del Sol boasts Inca palace and Chicana ruins, while Laguna Colorada’s red lake is the perfect place to spot flamingos.

bolivia

BOLIVIA

Nestled between countries included Chile, Peru, Brazil and Paraguay, Bolivia boasts one of the most diverse terrains in South America. The world’s largest and most remarkable salt flat, Salar de Uyuni offers an impeccable landscape that stretches over more than 4,000 square miles. The remarkable surface reflects the sky come day or night and is a sight to behold as the sun rises and sets over the unique terrain.

 

Contrasting Salar de Uyuni, Isla del Sol boasts Inca palace and Chicana ruins, while Laguna Colorada’s red lake is the perfect place to spot flamingos.

brazil

BRAZIL

Bursting with flavour, music and culture, Brazil’s warm climate and renowned vibrant cities attract tourists year on year.

 

From Christ the Redeemer to Copacabana, Sugarloaf mountain cableway and stretches of sandy beaches, Rio caters to those looking for a variety of holiday types. Spectacular panoramic views of the city can be experienced in various locations and boast a landscape quite like no other. Mountains and beaches meet and connect to form a vibrant coastal city. Of course, for those looking for a unique experience of Brazil’s culture, visiting in February will offer an experience like no other; Rio Carnival. The largest carnival to take place across the world, visitors from all over will have the opportunity to mingle with the locals as they enjoy their yearly celebration.

 

While Rio is often deemed the main attraction, Sao Paulo and Salvado are just as vibrant and offer an insight into the culture of the large country. From museums to iconic buildings, Sao Paulo is ideal for those wanting to immerse themselves into the art of the country. Salvador, on the other hand, offers a wealth of Portuguese inspired architecture. Markets and traditional cuisine sprawl the colourful streets of the city.

brazil

BRAZIL

Bursting with flavour, music and culture, Brazil’s warm climate and renowned vibrant cities attract tourists year on year.

 

From Christ the Redeemer to Copacabana, Sugarloaf mountain cableway and stretches of sandy beaches, Rio caters to those looking for a variety of holiday types. Spectacular panoramic views of the city can be experienced in various locations and boast a landscape quite like no other. Mountains and beaches meet and connect to form a vibrant coastal city. Of course, for those looking for a unique experience of Brazil’s culture, visiting in February will offer an experience like no other; Rio Carnival. The largest carnival to take place across the world, visitors from all over will have the opportunity to mingle with the locals as they enjoy their yearly celebration.

 

While Rio is often deemed the main attraction, Sao Paulo and Salvado are just as vibrant and offer an insight into the culture of the large country. From museums to iconic buildings, Sao Paulo is ideal for those wanting to immerse themselves into the art of the country. Salvador, on the other hand, offers a wealth of Portuguese inspired architecture. Markets and traditional cuisine sprawl the colourful streets of the city.

chile

CHILE

From the icebergs of Torres del Paine National Park to the green grassland of Easter Island, because of Valparaiso and city of Santiago, Chile’s diverse and contrasting landscape offers everything from Wine Tours to mountain hiking.

 

Towards the south of the country, gleaming blue lakes are surrounded by mountains and icebergs at Torres del Paine National Park. Contrasting the colder climate of Southern Chile, head North for warmer weather and discover the countries port of Antofagasta. Beaches, deserts and 19th-century buildings fill the coastal city.

 

For a true taste of city life in Chile, Santiago is the ideal locations. With a backdrop of glorious snow-capped Andes mountains, the somewhat modern city is a vision like no other. Taste the local food, immerse yourself into the culture or hike to San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city.

chile

CHILE

From the icebergs of Torres del Paine National Park to the green grassland of Easter Island, because of Valparaiso and city of Santiago, Chile’s diverse and contrasting landscape offers everything from Wine Tours to mountain hiking.

 

Towards the south of the country, gleaming blue lakes are surrounded by mountains and icebergs at Torres del Paine National Park. Contrasting the colder climate of Southern Chile, head North for warmer weather and discover the countries port of Antofagasta. Beaches, deserts and 19th-century buildings fill the coastal city.

 

For a true taste of city life in Chile, Santiago is the ideal locations. With a backdrop of glorious snow-capped Andes mountains, the somewhat modern city is a vision like no other. Taste the local food, immerse yourself into the culture or hike to San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city.

colombia

COLOMBIA

From beaches to resorts, rainforests to colonial-esque architecture, sample the charming allure of South America in Colombia.

A vibrant country that is subject to both the glorious tropical weather of the Caribbean and the cooler climate of neighbouring countries, Colombia is not to be missed.

 

Cartagena is on hand to offer an insight into the modern-day lives of the locals, while Bogota boasts a more rustic, colonial heritage. From landmarks that tell a tale of the 1600s to museums that showcase the countries art, explore the vibrant cities where old meets new. From cryptic archaeological ruins to some of the best trekking routes, for those seeking a deeper understanding of Colombia’s history, the lost city can accommodate.

 

San Gil boasts adventure sports, while San Agustin takes visitors from the city and places them in the heart of the Andes Mountains.

colombia

COLOMBIA

From beaches to resorts, rainforests to colonial-esque architecture, sample the charming allure of South America in Colombia.

A vibrant country that is subject to both the glorious tropical weather of the Caribbean and the cooler climate of neighbouring countries, Colombia is not to be missed.

 

Cartagena is on hand to offer an insight into the modern-day lives of the locals, while Bogota boasts a more rustic, colonial heritage. From landmarks that tell a tale of the 1600s to museums that showcase the countries art, explore the vibrant cities where old meets new. From cryptic archaeological ruins to some of the best trekking routes, for those seeking a deeper understanding of Colombia’s history, the lost city can accommodate.

 

San Gil boasts adventure sports, while San Agustin takes visitors from the city and places them in the heart of the Andes Mountains.

costa-rica

COSTA RICA

A tropical paradise surrounded by exotic wildlife, Costa Rica offers a diverse holiday full of adventure, sultry weather and wellness. Active volcanoes, rainforests, beaches and not to forget, diverse species span the small country. However, size means nothing when the landscape is as varied and beautiful as Costa Rica’s.

 

From museums to markets, the bustling streets of San Jose entice many travellers who are eager to see what the city has to offer. Almost worlds apart, the Arenal Volcano features hot springs while the coast of the country offers a somewhat tranquil aura.

costa-rica

COSTA RICA

A tropical paradise surrounded by exotic wildlife, Costa Rica offers a diverse holiday full of adventure, sultry weather and wellness. Active volcanoes, rainforests, beaches and not to forget, diverse species span the small country. However, size means nothing when the landscape is as varied and beautiful as Costa Rica’s.

 

From museums to markets, the bustling streets of San Jose entice many travellers who are eager to see what the city has to offer. Almost worlds apart, the Arenal Volcano features hot springs while the coast of the country offers a somewhat tranquil aura.

ecuador

ECUADOR

Ecuador oozes history, a modern way of life and captivating rainforests. Bask in the warm weather as you explore the lively city of Quito or relish at the old town of Cuenca. Leave the city behind and visit the Amazonian Rainforest, or venture to the Galapagos Islands.

 

The capital city of Ecuador, Quito exudes 16th and 17th-Century architecture. Located in between mountain peaks, the city boasts a truly sensational aura. By day, explore the city and enjoy the traditional culture. Market stalls, monuments and mountain top hikes will occupy you for hours on end. As the night falls, savour the warm temperatures and observe as the city lights shimmer against the mountain slopes. Away from the modern city, Cuenca, located in the Andes Mountains, offers a more traditional way of life. Boasting a European flair, the city is a hub of culture and history. From cathedrals to museums and ancient Inca ruins, delve into the history of the city.

 

Leaving the countries cities behind, the Amazonian Rainforest offers a different take on the country. Home to over 800 species of fish, mammals and reptiles, the flourishing forest will heighten your senses as you listen to the calls of monkeys and the low snarls of the jaguars.

ecuador

ECUADOR

Ecuador oozes history, a modern way of life and captivating rainforests. Bask in the warm weather as you explore the lively city of Quito or relish at the old town of Cuenca. Leave the city behind and visit the Amazonian Rainforest, or venture to the Galapagos Islands.

 

The capital city of Ecuador, Quito exudes 16th and 17th-Century architecture. Located in between mountain peaks, the city boasts a truly sensational aura. By day, explore the city and enjoy the traditional culture. Market stalls, monuments and mountain top hikes will occupy you for hours on end. As the night falls, savour the warm temperatures and observe as the city lights shimmer against the mountain slopes. Away from the modern city, Cuenca, located in the Andes Mountains, offers a more traditional way of life. Boasting a European flair, the city is a hub of culture and history. From cathedrals to museums and ancient Inca ruins, delve into the history of the city.

 

Leaving the countries cities behind, the Amazonian Rainforest offers a different take on the country. Home to over 800 species of fish, mammals and reptiles, the flourishing forest will heighten your senses as you listen to the calls of monkeys and the low snarls of the jaguars.

galapagos

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Rich in vegetation, the Galapagos Islands landscape omits luxurious sandy beaches, transparent shores and unblemished grasslands. Extraordinary encounters with rare species offer the trip of a lifetime for those seeking adventure. Once isolated from the rest of the world, the magnificent animals residing both on land and in the sea have become accustomed to the flocks of tourists that often marvel at their sightings.

 

Located a short trip from Isla Santa Cruz, snorkel, swim or even relax on Tortuga Bay’s beach with some of the most exotic animals known to man. A hidden gem, those that encounter the beach will be in for a treat. As you settle on the beach for a day in the sun, watch as the islands Iguanas crawl along the beach and bathe in the shallow waters.

 

Snorkel at Pinnacle Rock or dive along the coast of Darwin Island and encounter the majestic creatures that call the warm waters home. From white sharks to sea lions, tropical fish to sea turtles, uncovering the marine life is sure to offer an experience like no other.

galapagos

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Rich in vegetation, the Galapagos Islands landscape omits luxurious sandy beaches, transparent shores and unblemished grasslands. Extraordinary encounters with rare species offer the trip of a lifetime for those seeking adventure. Once isolated from the rest of the world, the magnificent animals residing both on land and in the sea have become accustomed to the flocks of tourists that often marvel at their sightings.

 

Located a short trip from Isla Santa Cruz, snorkel, swim or even relax on Tortuga Bay’s beach with some of the most exotic animals known to man. A hidden gem, those that encounter the beach will be in for a treat. As you settle on the beach for a day in the sun, watch as the islands Iguanas crawl along the beach and bathe in the shallow waters.

 

Snorkel at Pinnacle Rock or dive along the coast of Darwin Island and encounter the majestic creatures that call the warm waters home. From white sharks to sea lions, tropical fish to sea turtles, uncovering the marine life is sure to offer an experience like no other.

guatemala

GUATEMALA

Drenched in ancient Mayan traditions and quaint towns that display a variety of colourful buildings, Guatemala’s culture allures travellers from all around the world.

 

Mayan ruins and temples, picturesque lakes and volcanoes boasting hot springs span the landscape of this charming country. Colonial buildings can be found in Antigua, while Guatemala city hosts cathedrals and iconic buildings built more recently in the 1800s.

 

While city life is on the rise in Guatemala, Lake Atitlan and Pacaya set the backdrop for the country. Known for Mayan villages where pyramid ruins can be found, immerse yourself into the history of the country and visit Tikal National Park. Explore the remainders of the Mayan architecture that was deserted in the 10th Century, before venturing further into the jungle.

guatemala

GUATEMALA

Drenched in ancient Mayan traditions and quaint towns that display a variety of colourful buildings, Guatemala’s culture allures travellers from all around the world.

 

Mayan ruins and temples, picturesque lakes and volcanoes boasting hot springs span the landscape of this charming country. Colonial buildings can be found in Antigua, while Guatemala city hosts cathedrals and iconic buildings built more recently in the 1800s.

 

While city life is on the rise in Guatemala, Lake Atitlan and Pacaya set the backdrop for the country. Known for Mayan villages where pyramid ruins can be found, immerse yourself into the history of the country and visit Tikal National Park. Explore the remainders of the Mayan architecture that was deserted in the 10th Century, before venturing further into the jungle.

mexico

MEXICO

Sample the true flavours of Mexican cuisine and enjoy some authentic tequila in Mexico City. Take a scenic excursion through the Copper Canyon on board the Ferrocarril Barrancas del Cobre or loosen up in a lively resort that Cancun affords.

 

Aztec and Mayan ruins found throughout the country tell a story of the prehistoric life that Mexico once knew. Located near Mexico City, spend half a day marvelling at the architecture, before sampling the true flavours of Mexico as the evening draws in.

 

Away from the cities, Cancun is just one of the many beach resorts that can be found in Mexico. Often a weekend escape for those residing in the States, loosen up as you dance the night away, relax as you bask in the blazing sun or explore the world beyond the surface as your scuba dive at the Cancun Underwater Museum. From tours to cruises and multi-centre holidays, discover how you can make the most of your trip to Mexico here.

mexico

MEXICO

Sample the true flavours of Mexican cuisine and enjoy some authentic tequila in Mexico City. Take a scenic excursion through the Copper Canyon on board the Ferrocarril Barrancas del Cobre or loosen up in a lively resort that Cancun affords.

 

Aztec and Mayan ruins found throughout the country tell a story of the prehistoric life that Mexico once knew. Located near Mexico City, spend half a day marvelling at the architecture, before sampling the true flavours of Mexico as the evening draws in.

 

Away from the cities, Cancun is just one of the many beach resorts that can be found in Mexico. Often a weekend escape for those residing in the States, loosen up as you dance the night away, relax as you bask in the blazing sun or explore the world beyond the surface as your scuba dive at the Cancun Underwater Museum. From tours to cruises and multi-centre holidays, discover how you can make the most of your trip to Mexico here.

patagonia

PATAGONIA

Unlike its warmer South America neighbours, Patagonia’s instantly recognisable and simultaneously breathtaking landscape boasts glaciers, mountains and national parks.

 

As you stand at the edge of the land at the Torres del Paine National Park, look onwards at the truly mesmerising vision of the reflections of the mountains shimmering in the clear blue lakes. The city of Ushuaia offers another truly unique outlook. Small boats and ships bob up and down of the chilly waters, which again, reflect the iconic mountain ranges. Ideal for those looking to participate in winter sports, San Carlos de Bariloche is a must-visit. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, and Swiss-inspired architecture, stroll the city and admire the composition of the landscape.

 

Along the coast of the picturesque country, watch in admiration as Whales, Dolphins, Sea Lions and Seals emerge from the sea. Experience the Fjords of Patagonia onboard a cruise or thrive as you rest for the night in a remote lodge and find yourself at one with nature.

patagonia

PATAGONIA

Unlike its warmer South America neighbours, Patagonia’s instantly recognisable and simultaneously breathtaking landscape boasts glaciers, mountains and national parks.

 

As you stand at the edge of the land at the Torres del Paine National Park, look onwards at the truly mesmerising vision of the reflections of the mountains shimmering in the clear blue lakes. The city of Ushuaia offers another truly unique outlook. Small boats and ships bob up and down of the chilly waters, which again, reflect the iconic mountain ranges. Ideal for those looking to participate in winter sports, San Carlos de Bariloche is a must-visit. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, and Swiss-inspired architecture, stroll the city and admire the composition of the landscape.

 

Along the coast of the picturesque country, watch in admiration as Whales, Dolphins, Sea Lions and Seals emerge from the sea. Experience the Fjords of Patagonia onboard a cruise or thrive as you rest for the night in a remote lodge and find yourself at one with nature.

peru

PERU

From the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon to Lima, Peru’s panorama is rich in historical treasures. An archaeologist’s mecca, trek the unbeaten paths to the peak of the Andes Mountains and find yourself in awe at the land that lies beneath your feet. Abandoned ancient Inca towns are striking in design and can be seen in various locations including Saqsaywaman and Choquequirao Archaeological Park.

 

While the ancient history of Inca life remains throughout the country, Lima, Cusco and Arequipa have grown to become the largest cities of Peru. Without losing sight of their history, the cities combine the past with the present and exude culture.

peru

PERU

From the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon to Lima, Peru’s panorama is rich in historical treasures. An archaeologist’s mecca, trek the unbeaten paths to the peak of the Andes Mountains and find yourself in awe at the land that lies beneath your feet. Abandoned ancient Inca towns are striking in design and can be seen in various locations including Saqsaywaman and Choquequirao Archaeological Park.

 

While the ancient history of Inca life remains throughout the country, Lima, Cusco and Arequipa have grown to become the largest cities of Peru. Without losing sight of their history, the cities combine the past with the present and exude culture.