Celebrating World Tourism Day
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has promoted its World Tourism Day annually on September 27.
The UNWTO is charged with helping to ensure “responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism” across the globe and is founded on the underlying principle that international tourism is a “right for all citizens to experience the diversity of our planet and the beauty of our world.”
This year, as 1.2 billion people are expected to head out into the global community on international vacations, World Tourism Day is a powerful reminder of the social, cultural, political and economic importance of worldwide tourism to villages, cities, countries and continents scattered to the far reaches of Planet Earth.
In honor of World Tourism Day 2016, we thought it would be fun to share some of our most memorable trips to Central and South America:
As far as romantic vacations go, there is no more enchanting a trip than Angra do Reis, Rio de Janeiro and Buzios in Brazil. It really is more than you could ever expect. Angra is a gem. From private sailing expeditions to the Venice of Brazil in Paraty, you’ll completely lose track of time here before heading onto Rio. In Brazil’s most famous city, the sheer amount of iconic landmarks, impressive architecture and the world’s sexiest beaches never cease to amaze. Finishing up on the completely relaxing beaches of Buzios is the perfect end to any romantic vacation and is especially ideal for honeymooners. We’ve sent countless couples on this Brazil tour over the years, and I’ve been myself. It remains one of my favorite trips of all time.
Peru occupies a big chunk of my heart. It’s mystical, colorful, intriguing and welcoming. Although the country has heavy tourism, it still keeps the experience unique at every angle. For some, it represents a challenging trek, while for others the photography and landscape are alluring or the people and their ancient culture beckon. We also can’t forget the absolute indulgence of their cuisine. It’s no wonder Peru is on everyone’s bucket list.
I would describe my travel style as one part intrepid adventurer and one part beach bum with a dash of “hotel snob” thrown in. A trip to Belize I took some years ago ticked all those boxes for me. The most memorable experiences while there were snorkeling at The Cut at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and an all-day trip to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai. I’ve snorkeled and SCUBA dived all over the Caribbean, but I’ve never been so astounded by the sheer variety and beauty of marine life as at Hol Chan. I could have spent all day there. The trip out to Lamanai from Ambergris Caye was a long one, but getting there was half the adventure. Standing on top of the main temple there and looking out over the jungle and lagoon truly took my breath away. I would go back to Belize again and again, and can’t wait to uncover other treasures there!
We arrived into Bogota and spent a few days there. The highlight for me was a coffee tour on horseback through the mountains. From there we spent a few days in Medellin. My day tour highlight from Medellin was the Lakes Of Guatape, which was a short hike to the most beautiful views of the lakes. Words can’t describe it. Like all my favorite destinations, the thing that makes these places so special are the people. Colombians are some of the nicest people in the world. Finally, we took a puddle jumper from Medellin to the Pacific coast city of Nuqui. This little town had no paved roads and it was as if we landed in a small African village. It was so different from any other part of Colombia. Our guide picked us up, and we went into a little motorized canoe. After about 3o mins, we reached the coast where we navigated another hour and half until we arrived at our eco lodge. On the plane I said, “I just want to sit in an infinity pool and eat fruit that pours from overhead branches.” Sure enough, we arrived and there was an infinity pool with a star fruit tree above it and a pineapple bush popping out from the corner. I have never felt so remote in my life. Being on this coast in the middle of the jungle made it seem like the beach and jungle was ours. Even now, this very safe area isn’t overwhelmed by tourism, so its pristine beauty remains untouched. It is my favorite place that I have explored… so far.
Even though I was born in this amazing city, Mendoza is still my favorite place to visit. Sipping a glass of aged Malbec overlooking the breathtaking snow-topped Andes that rise above the vineyards is something so special that I’ll never forget and will always cherish. I’ll keep returning as long as I can.
My favorite trip so far has been Peru. Everything about the country is really special. I loved all the cities we visited— each with their own unique flavor. The people, the food, the culture and the landscapes were all amazing. I can’t wait to go back to keep exploring it.
It was really hard to pick only one favorite place in South America because we have such beautiful destinations, and I’ve been lucky to experience many of them. One of the most simple, intimate and breathtaking scenarios for me is a little town about three hours from my hometown of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It’s up in the hills, and the views are truly amazing. You can feel your spirit being rejuvenated in just one deep breath. It’s called Samaipata, and it’s where I usually go when looking for some peace. It’s an excellent place to go to chill. The town is very small, with a few restaurants owned mostly by Europeans who came on vacation and fell in love with the town. You’ll always find something good to eat there. Other area attractions are the Amboro National Park, the Samaipata Fort, Cuevas waterfalls and Che Guevara’s Trail.
One of my most memorable trips was to Morro do Sao Paulo in Bahia, Brazil. It’s a beautiful place I definitely want to go back to one day. It’s the perfect place for a honeymooning couple or an adults-only vacation!
If you’re feeling inspired by our favorite journeys, contact us today to set off on one of our best-loved vacations or let us plan your own “most memorable vacation” around somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going! Either way, your once-in-a-lifetime dream holiday is just around the corner!
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