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Brazil – Amazon & Pantanal

Two of our first and favorite passengers, Keith and Beth Beavan, were back traveling with Ideal South America in 2022.  Planned years ago, before the pandemic, and cancelled and re-scheduled more than once, they were finally able to go on their Brazil trip with us this Aug. and Sept.

Costa Rica – Our First Time

My 11-year old son and I were so excited to finally be visiting Costa Rica! Its reputation as a friendly, safe, warm, fun and incredibly biodiverse country preceded it … and it would not disappoint. From the Atlantic Caribbean to the Pacific Coast – with coffee farms, jungle, volcanoes and hot springs along the way …
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Latin America Coffee Tours

Connect with your coffee.  It is a truly amazing experience, not only to visit the countries where it comes from - Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, El Salvador, the Galapagos Islands – but also to explore or even stay at the actual farms or ranches where the coffee grows. 

The Sun Sometimes Rises Over Machu Picchu

Rumor has it, you MUST be at Machu Picchu for “the sunrise.” Common wisdom (family, friends, and even experienced travelers) and many books highly recommend making it up to the site in time to witness the sun sprinkling its golden rays over the Inca Citadel.
Chile Wine Regions

Wine Tours in Chile

Although some travelers arrive by land from neighboring Peru, Bolivia or Argentina, most trips to Chile start with an international arrival flight into the capital city, Santiago (airport code SCL).  If you’re visiting more for landscapes and countryside than city, consider heading straight into the outer central valley region itself. 
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El Calafate – Gateway to Argentina’s Glacier National Park

The small town of El Calafate, named for a ubiquitous bush found across Patagonia, is in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina – one of the most southerly places in this barely civilized region of South America. It is easily reachable on a three plus hour direct flight from the nation’s capital, Buenos Aires.
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Cusco, Peru – Gateway to Machu Picchu

To get to Machu Picchu, you must first make it to Cusco. Some travelers arrive by bus or train, visiting other destinations in Peru beforehand, such as Arequipa & the Colca Canyon or Puno & Lake Titicaca. But most visitors will fly directly from Lima (1.5 hours). At present there are no international flights directly to or from Cusco, except for some…
Amazing Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls Facts

Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. When translated into English, the word Iguazu roughly means ‘big water’. Iguazu Falls was formed as the result of a volcanic eruption, which left a large crack in the earth’s surface. Iguazu Falls was designated a UNESCO…
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The Galapagos Islands – Maps, Weather & More

Although travelling through the Galapagos Islands is indeed fine any time of the year, there are some differences worth noting. The northern hemisphere summer/fall months of June to November, which coincide with the dry season in Peru, are also some of the drier months in the Galapagos. But although it does not rain as much, there is actual more fog...
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Machu Picchu – Weather, Hiking & More

The Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven man-made wonders of the world – is located in the Cuzco region of Peru. Although it has an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level, this is significantly lower than the altitude of the city of Cusco and most of the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas.