Except for my family, there are few people with whom I like to travel. Lately, I have done many solo trips. Sharing experiences is much more rewarding.
Last fall, I reconnected with an old friend, Gail Goldman. In high school, we used to do a lot together including going to modeling school. She learned perfect posture and I fell down the stairs with my diploma. After high school, we drifted apart.
Now we are great pals again. I invite her to join me on a trip to Peru which includes the Plains of Nazca and an Amazon cruise. She quickly accepts even though she isn’t quite sure where Peru is. Although Gail has traveled, the outdoorsy stuff has eluded her. She asks me to check out her most appropriate clothes for the trip.
There’s more to South America’s largest country than Rio’s carnival and the golden sands of Copacabana. Along the coast north of Rio stretch the beaches of Pernambuco, punctuated by its lively capital of Recife. Between Rio and Recife, beautiful Salvador is filled with Colonial buildings and sits close to some of the continent’s finest diving waters. Inland is the gold-washed colonial capital of Ouro Preto and the city of Belo Horizonte, filled with art deco buildings and modernist landmarks. Help your clients plan their itinerary to include some of these places they may not have heard of.
Chile is the kind of destination that boasts a surprising variety of landscapes and tourist options. To begin, the country is located between the Andes and the Pacific. It is one of the longest countries in the world and very narrow with only about 112 miles from border to border. With a magnificent coastline, the country also borders Argentina, Peru
If you are looking for a destination that still promises days full of tranquility with little or no interruption, a limited number of tourists and no overrun cities, then Belize is the place for you. Belize became a buzz word back in 2012 when the Mayan calendar ended. Steeped in Mayan tradition, the only thing that happened with Belize’s renewed notoriety from the calendar’s end was that it became even more popular with tourists.
The night is black as coal. Gioconda Cabrera, dressed as a 19th century señorita, leads our horse and carriage tour - to a graveyard. She talks to the guard. He unlocks the gates. With only a penlight for illumination, we walk the main path. Massive marble tombs and a huge chapel stand like giant apparitions. Cabrera stops. At the grave of Fruta Chamorro Pérez, the first president of Nicaragua, Gioconda breaks into a haunting aria. I can’t imagine how much a passerby would be spooked by her
As Colombia opens itself up to tourism it is enticing visitors to take a look at all the jewels one can find there. It is actually quite easy to get to the destination and make these discoveries.
When you think of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands almost certainly come to mind. However, you would be wrong to count some of Ecuador’s mainland cities out as unique places to visit. There are plenty of cultural gold mines to be discovered inside this small country located between Peru and Columbia.
The New York Times recently named Mexico City (also referred to as CDMX) as the No. 1 place to visit in 2016, calling it a “destination that radiates energy and a metropolis that has it all.” And, whether you’re touring through museums, dining in world-renowned restaurants or indulging in some delicious street food, everyone is sure to fall in love with this historic destination.
If you think the only two large international Mexican airlines are Aeromexico and Mexicana, let me interject with Interjet Airlines - celebrating its 11th birthday.
While trekking around Machu Picchu’s magnificent ruins, I can’t get my head around the fact that the Incas schlepped all those rocks to nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. Wouldn’t it have been easier on their backs to build the city a couple of thousand feet lower?
Though Machu Picchu is Peru’s main tourist attraction, Peru has a lot more to discover. Don’t pass up an opportunity to spend some days in Lima. If time allows, visit the unique Amazon and the Plains of Nazca.