With Brexit, the financial fall out and the drop in the value of sterling, we thought it would be sensible to share some travel tips for South and Central America and how to get the most from your travel budget. The problem of the weak pound is not just for travellers who want to holiday in the United States. Lots of countries –South and Central America as well as the Caribbean – have currencies which are pegged to the US dollar or use it as a parallel currency. So, if you love travel and want to do more of it read on to find out what you can do to make the best of the situation.
Travel tip #1: Flights
There are certain inalienable truths; international flights cost money no matter what, as do internal flights. So saying, international flights into Central America generally cost less than those to South America and there are fewer internal flights. So if you haven’t considered Central America before we strongly suggest you do.
Travel tip #2: Great value throughout Guatemala and Belize
Combining both Guatemala and Belize offers you the best of both worlds. Guatemala has the culture, whilst Belize has the adventure, though both have some of the most iconic sights to see in the world. Highlights include the jungle clad Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala and the second longest barrier reef in the world off the coast of Belize – so close you can kayak to it from your hotel. Both countries offer excellent hotels in prime locations without blowing the budget.
Travel tip #3: Brazils changing economy
A few years ago when Brazil had the strongest economy in South America we saw hotel prices increase by 75% over a 2 year period. Today, they find themselves in a rocky financial situation and as such their hotel prices have reverted back to what they were. So once the Olympics have finished, our travel tip is to head out to Brazil to see some of the most famous places in the world: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal and a coastline you can only dream of being on.
Travel tip #4: Peru on a budget
Can you ‘do’ Peru on a budget? It’s tricky, but can be done. The new direct flights with British Airways into Lima have increased airline competition and made prices more affordable, similarly with hotels – more competition means more competitive pricing. When in a towns such as Arequipa or Cuzco, or areas such as the Sacred Valley, our travel tip is to go exploring on your own. We will always give you an endless list of things to see and do, as well as explain how to do them and we’ll also give you all our insider info on the best local restaurants to eat at.