It’s easy to get excited about the idea of travelling to far-away places and having an adventure of a lifetime. The tricky part is deciding where to go!
The team here love nothing more than getting out in the great outdoors, searching for a breath-taking experience that combines excitement, adventure, culture and discovery. So if you are wondering about where to head to then we’ve just the thing – the Latin Odyssey Top 5 Adventures.
1. Mountain biking in the Atacama Desert
The varied, starkly beautiful landscape of the Atacama Desert in Chile features several areas that are perfect for biking across. Career down the sides of a volcano or across the vast salt flats, whatever takes your fancy – trips can be an easy-going couple of hours or an entire day.
Where to..? Nothing compares to cycling through the Valley of the Moon at sundown – the ethereal scenery will be even more arresting with the play of light and shadows.
2. White water rafting in Costa Rica
Head to white water for an adrenalin fuelled ride down rapids and alongside waterfalls. It’s wild, thrilling and exhilarating – but don’t worry, waters are graded to suit your experience and confidence levels.
Where to? Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica is in lush jungle and is one of the most gorgeous places you can stay, where they offer various water excursions on the Pacuare River. It’s so remote that white water rafting is actually one of the few ways to get to it!
Famous for its gauchos, many lodges in Argentina will have superior stables as a matter of course and will cater to all levels of rider. It’s an excellent way to explore the local area and get a feel for the gaucho culture.
Where to..? The Estancia Huechahue is a traditional working cattle ranch in Patagonia offering some of the best rides in the region. It’s comprehensive, luxurious and attentive to guests’ riding experience, whilst the horses themselves roam freely over their 15,000 acres of land.
4. Trekking in Peru
Peru has several of the best walking sites in South America. There is more than just the well-known Inca Trail – other trails will be relatively quieter and each has its own stunning scenery, from clouded peaks to dramatic canyons.
Where to..? The Salkantay Trek winds its way through valleys and mountains to Machu Picchu via Mollepata and Cuzco, while the Choquequirao complex is one of the final settlements of the Incas (and currently rarely visited).
5. Diving/snorkelling in Belize
The Caribbean coast of Belize is where you’ll find some of the best diving in the world within the globe’s second-largest reef system. Atolls (rings of coral) encircle clear, tropical waters with an extensive array of wildlife and exquisite underwater scenes.
Where to..? Turneffe Island Resort is entirely surrounded by coral reef with amazing marine biodiversity, meaning there are prime opportunities for shallow snorkelling and deeper dives.