Road trip in Latin America

Explore 8 countries and over 50 famous travel destinations. A fantastic journey starting in Buenos Aires and ending in Bogota. 25.000 KM // 22 weeks

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Road trip in Latin America

Buenos Aires // Argentina

Buenos Aires is one of the major cultural metropolis of the West, no city in the world has as many theaters as the capital of Argentina. The city has a very broad cultural spectrum due to the diversity of those who have lived throughout their history.

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Colonia // Uruguay

Colonia (Colonia del Sacramento) is in the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay. It is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Cordoba // Argentina

Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina, with about 1.4 million inhabitants, and is the capital of the Cordoba province. It is in the heart of the Argentine territory on the Pampas. The city is surrounded by valleys, formed up by three main mountain groups. It is known for the colonial buildings in the center as well as for the beautiful hills in the surroundings.

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Mendoza // Argentina

Mendoza is a city in western Argentina, in the desert Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry, for which it is world renowned. It is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Mendoza is the capital of the province of Mendoza.

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San Juan // Argentina

San juan, a modern city with wide streets and well drawn avenues with wide sidewalks and vegetation of different species of trees irrigated by canals, from which it derives its nickname oasis town. Don’t miss the Difunta Correa pilgrimage.

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Rodeo // Argentina

Rodeo is a small, laidback town with picturesque adobe houses typical of the region, travel to Rodeo to enjoy windsurfing and kitesurfing opportunities at the water reservoir of Dique del Viento – the Lake of Wind.

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Ischigualasto // Argentina

The park shows layers of ground that the Andes Cordillera pushed so that it is now horizontal and in the surface. The rocks are from the Triassic era (240-195 million years ago) which is the beginning of the dinosaurs era.

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Cafayate & Cachi // Argentina

Cafayate is a city in Salta province. Cafayate is known for its vineyards as well as for its fantastic rock formations. You may take a private guided tour through Shell Gorge to Cafayate or take the two day small group tour through the Calchaqui Valley via Cachi. There are also minibus day tours for the drive through the gorge with various stops at the colored rock formations such as the Devil’s Throat, Amphitheatre and Obelisk.

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Salta // Argentina

Between the peaks, arid and subtropical valleys, Salta is known as “la linda” which is certainly the most colonial city Argentina and most Andean. Discover the mild climate, the warmth of los salteños and the Calchaquí valleys.

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Purmamarca & Salinas Grande // Argentina

Purmamarca is located north of Salta and Jujuy close to the intersection of RN9 and RN52. This makes it a good base for exploring the north. Tour operators in Salta offers two day combo tours to the north and will drop you off in Purmamarca on the way back the first day and pick you up there the second day. That saves you several hours of driving both days.

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Humahuaca // Argentina

Quebrada de Humahuaca follows the line of a major cultural route, the Camino Inca, along the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande, from its source in the cold high desert plateau of the High Andean lands to its confluence with the Rio Leone some 150 km to the south.

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Tupiza // Bolivia

Tupiza is a small town in the Potosí Department of Bolivia, close to the border with Argentina. Tupiza seems a few beats slower than in other Bolivian towns, making this a great place to relax for a few days. From Tupiza, you can organize a 5 days excursion to the Salar of Uyuni.

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Salar of Uyuni // Bolivia

South of Bolivia, we find out one of the marvels created by the nature, its formation took place after the drying of an immense lake that existed some million years ago in the high plateau, the unique salt plains, with more than 10.000 square km, this region becomes the perfect place to enjoy beautiful evenings and surrealist landscapes.

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La Paz // Bolivia

The sight from the air as one flies into La Paz is incredible. First, one sees the sprawling shantytowns of El Alto, slowly giving way to the sight of La Paz itself, clinging tenuously to the sides of what looks like a large gash in the earth. Altitude of the city ranges from about 4,058 m.

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Rurrenabaque // Bolivia

Rurrenabaque is a small town in the Beni Department on the banks of the Río Beni in the Bolivian Amazon Basin. Trips to the jungle in the nearby Madidi National Park and pampas are the main attraction.

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Copacabana // Bolivia

Copacabana is a small town located on the Bolivian shore of Lake Titicaca. Situated relatively close to the capital of La Paz, it’s a popular resort destination for foreign travellers and locals alike.

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Cuzco // Peru

Cuzco, located in the Southern Sierras is a fascinating city that was the capital of the Inca Empire. Cuzco is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of Peru’s most visited cities as it is the largest and most comfortable city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and other Inca sites in the region.

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Lima // Peru

Lima is the capital of Peru and its largest city. Lima is also the best place to try the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. The cold sea current in front of Peru’s large coast makes the sea very rich in fish and seafood, which have a great taste due to the special plankton they eat. Fish and seafood restaurants are therefore worth the time, and not expensive.

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Huaraz // Peru

Huaraz is a large town in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru’s Central Sierra, located at 3100 m. It is the restless capital of this Andean adventure kingdom. Don’t miss the Huascaran National Park.

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Trujillo // Peru

Trujillo is a moderately large city in Northwestern Peru, very close to the Pacific Coast. Trujillo is known as the city of eternal spring. Don’t miss to visit the Chan Chan ruins and the Huaca de la Luna y Sol.

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Punta Sal // Peru

Punta Sal is a small beach resort located in the department of Tumbes, in northern Peru. Due to its location near the warm current of El Niño and the cold Humboldt Current which collide in this area, Punta Sal benefits from year round sunshine.

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Mancora // Peru

Máncora is a small beachtown smack on the PanAmericana at the Peruvian Northern coast. During holidays, peruvians come all the way from Lima to spend their holidays at the beach. It turns into a real partytown with an overcrowded beach and bars competing for the loudest music day and night.

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Guayaquil // Ecuador

Guayaquil is the largest and most populous city in Ecuador. Guayaquil is one of the main South American ports in the Pacific. The climate is hot for the first semester of the year and breeze cool for the rest of it. A proud city of the tropics where foreigners are well received, music rules and seafood is a must.

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Galápagos Islands // Ecuador

The Galápagos archipelago is world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife- much of which was inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. The islands are therefore very popular amongst natural historians, both professional and amateur.

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Baños // Ecuador

Baños is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under the smoke of volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for “Baths” comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It’s equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians, and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador.

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Quito // Ecuador

The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas, and is indoubtley one of the cities main tourist attractions. Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978.

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Otavalo // Ecuador

Otavalo is a town in Northern Ecuador. It has about 50.000 inhabitants and is the capital of the district of the same name. Otavalo is world-famous for its indigenous population, the so-called Otavalos, many of which are travelling around the world to sell their famous handicrafts or play in Andean Folk music groups.

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Cali // Colombia

Cali’s cheerful nature is manifested in salsa, a Caribbean rhythm that is danced here among the sugarcane in its own unique way. In this city, nicknamed “Branch of Heaven,” the peaks of Cristo Rey, the hill of the Three Crosses, and the hills of San Antonio jut upwards from the plains that make up most of Valle del Cauca.

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Salento // Colombia

Salento is a sleepy little town in Quindío department, in the Zona Cafetera region of Colombia. On weekends and holidays, the town is flooded by tourists from Armenia and Pereira. Don’t miss the Valle de Cocora where grows Colombia’s national symbol, the 60 meters high wax palms. The landscape is surreal!

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Medellin // Colombia

Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia. It has over 3 million people and is the capital of the department of Antioquia. It’s set in a valley running south to north just under one hour by plane from Bogotá. In 2013 Medellin was awarded the Innovative City of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, outranking rivals New York and Tel Aviv.

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Guatape // Colombia

Guatapé is a small, very pretty lakeside town in Eastern Antioquia, about 1.5 hours from Medellín, Colombia. The picturesque town of Guatapé is known as the Pueblo de Zócalos, named for the beautifully sculpted and painted depictions of village life that adorn the lower half of most buildings in the town center.

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Leticia // Colombia

Leticia is a city in the Amazonas department of Colombia. It is part of a contiguous settlement that includes Tabatinga in Brazil. On a nearby island in the river is Santa Rosa, which is part of Peru.

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Amazonas // Brazil

Think of the Amazon River and visions of wild jungle, exotic animals and native peoples come to mind, sailing on the Amazon River is an incomparable experience. Manaus (Brazil), it’s located 1107 KM away from Leticia and the only transportation available are by boat (5 days) or plane.

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Manaus // Brazil

Manaus is a Brazilian city of about 2.5 million, located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Solimões to form the Amazon River proper. The two rivers flow side by side for many miles, different in color, mixing in eddies: the “Meeting of the Waters.” Legend has it that they never mix.

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Boa Vista // Brazil

Boa Vista is the capital of the state of Roraima in the north of Brazil. Hot city with pretty much nothing to do, most foreigners pass through travelling between Manaus and Venezuela

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Santa Elena // Venezuela

Santa Elena de Uairén, the Brazil border town lying 20km to the south of the park, is the main administrative centre for Canaima National Park and capital of the Gran Sabana municipal district. Santa Elena de Uairén is home to many travel agencies offering hiking tours to the famous Monte Roraima.

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Mount Roraima // Venezuela

Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. The mountain also serves as the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. Since long before the arrival of European explorers, the mountain has held a special significance for the indigenous people of the region, and it is central to many of their myths and legends.

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Ciudad Bolivar // Venezuela

Ciudad Bolívar is located on the banks of the Orinoco River. It is named after Simon Bolívar, Venezuela’s Independence hero. It is a frequent stopoff point on visit to Angel Falls and is a good place to find tour companies to take you there. It’s previous name Angostura (thin ribbon) represents the river’s last navigable port.

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Angel Falls // Venezuela

Canaima National Park is the gateway to Angel Falls. Although other waterfalls and lagoons can be visited from Canaima camp, the main reason tourists fly here is for the three-day, two-night trips to the base of Angel Falls. It’s listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

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Margarita Island // Venezuela

Margarita is a Venezuelan island in the Caribbean Sea. It is located off the northeastern coast of the mainland and to the northeast of the country’s capital Caracas and is part of Nueva Esparta state. The island has more than 50 beaches which are scattered along 106 miles of coastline and is blessed with an average of over 320 days a year of sun and beautiful tropical beaches lined with palm trees.

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Caracas // Venezuela

Caracas is the capital and largest city of Venezuela. It is located in northern Venezuela, near the Caribbean. Venezuela’s urban spirit can be discovered mainly from understanding Caracas, its capital city. It is not one of the top touristic destinations of Venezuela, and travelers often bypass the capital city in order to see the country’s amazing natural attractions.

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Morrocoy // Venezuela

In the Falcon state, at the northwest of Venezuela, between the villages of Tucacas and Chichiriviche, is located Morrocoy National Park. There’s plenty to see in Morrocoy Coral Reef Islands are: Cayo Sal, Cayo Muerto, Cayo Peraza,Cayo Pelon which recently disappeared, Varadero …

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Merida // Venezuela

Mérida the capital of Merida State, is located in Venezuela, at the foot of the Andes, only fifteen kilometers from Venezuela’s highest point. It is the centre for outdoor activities in Venezuela. There are several small Andean towns in the region which are quite scenic and easy to visit, such as Jají, Mucuchies, Apartaderos, and Santo Domingo.

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Lake Maracaibo // Venezuela

Lake Maracaibo is a large brackish bay in Venezuela. It is connected to the Gulf of Venezuela by Tablazo Strait (55 km) at the northern end, and fed by numerous rivers, the largest being the Catatumbo. The weather phenomenon known as the Catatumbo lightning at Lake Maracaibo regularly produces more lightning than any other place on the planet.

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Bogotá // Colombia

Bogotá is a huge city, with a population of about 8.8 million people, Bogota sits approximately 2640m above sea level in the Colombian Andes region. Orientation is relatively easy, as the mountains to the east are generally visible from most parts of the city. Bogotá is a city of contrasts, and as such it offers a unique experience to its visitors.

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Explore 8 countries and over 50 famous travel destinations in South America. A fantastic journey starting in Buenos Aires and ending in Bogota. Practical up-to-date step by step Free Travel Guides about each destination across Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil & Venezuela. Download Free Travel Guides of the itinerary.

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