Central and South America

Central and South America – and including countries not expanded below

General Info / Resources – Central and South America

Antractica travel centre – http://www.antarcticatravelcentre.com.au/

Australian Travel association for Latin America – http://www.atala.com.au/

• Best of Latin America travel portal – http://bestoflatinamerica.travel/

Boutique South America (Travel agency based in Australia) – http://www.boutiquesouthamerica.com.au/

• Brazil (and Latin America) Travel Centre (Based in Melbourne) – http://www.braziliantravelcentre.com.au/

• Contours Travel (Melbourne based South American travel specialists) – http://www.contourstravel.com.au/
Contours small group tours – http://www.thecontourscollection.com/
DB Americas (Luxury South America tours) – http://www.db-americas.com/
Forward travel (Focuses on Latin america and Antarctic regions) – http://www.forwardtravel.com.au/
• Go Blue Central America (Interactive guide to attractions and sights of the Central American region) – http://www.gobluecentralamerica.org/map.php
• Inca Tours (Australian based Latin American travel agency) – http://www.incatours.net/south-america
Latin American Travel association – U.K. – http://www.lata.org/
• Lan – Only in south america portal – http://www.lan.com/onlyinsouthamerica/
Llama travel – https://www.llamatravel.com/
Rutas (Australian – south American tourism representation) – http://rutas.com.au/
• South America Backpacker – http://southamericabackpacker.com
South America Travel Blog – http://news.southamerica.travel/
• South American Journeys (New Zealand based South American travel specialists)- http://www.southamericajourneys.com/

• South America Tourism Office (Melbourne based South American travel specialists) – http://www.southamericatourism.com/

South American travel specialists – Australia – http://southamericantravel.com.au/

• South America Travel (Information portal and tour agency) – http://www.southamerica.travel/ and http://news.southamerica.travel/
• South American / Antarctica Travel Centre (Melbourne based South American travel specialists) – http://southamericatravelcentre.com.au/

• South American Travel Specialists (Travel agency based in Melbourne, Australia) – http://southamericantravel.com.au
Transturin – http://www.transturin.com/
Unique experiences sth America – http://www.unique-southamerica-travel-experience.com/
Wilderness explorers – https://wilderness-explorers.com/
Visit south america (Portal and Magazine)- http://www.visitsouthamerica.co/

Wikipedia – Mayan Sites – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Maya_sites

Recommended Books (Selected) – Central and South America

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Central and South America

Tours (Selected) – Central and South America

– Key areas
– Galapagos islands
– Amazon
– Antractica


Amakuna tours – Colombia tours – http://www.amakuna.com/itineraries/
• Chimu Adventures (Guided tour operator) – http://www.chimuadventures.com/

Delfin Amazon Cruises – http://www.delfinamazoncruises.com
Ecoventura – http://www.ecoventura.com/
Inkaterra (Peru tours and accom) – http://www.inkaterra.com/
Llama Travel – Latin American tours – https://www.llamatravel.com/
Latin Trails (Galapagos tours) – http;//www.latintrails.com

• Travel Projects (Central and South America Tours) – http://www.travelprojects.com.au/

Viva expeditions (South America tours) – http://www.vivaexpeditions.com/

AMERICAS – Central America (Including Mexico)


General Info / Resources – Belize

Recommended Books (Selected) – Belize

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Belize

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Belize

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Belize

Actun Tunichil Muknal – Cave and centoe
Altun Ha – Maya Ruins
Ambergris caye and San pedro town
Bacalar Chico National Park and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve – Snorkelling, Kayaking and Canoeing
Belize Barrier Reef
Belize Botanic Gardens
Belize city swing bridge
Belize tourism village
Belize zoo
Bird Caye National Park – Kayaking
Caracol – Maya temple
Caye Caulker
Cerros – Maya Temple
Cockscomb basin wildlife sanctuary
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Emerald Forest Reef
Gales point wildlife sanctuary
Garifuna Culture
Glover’s Reef Atoll Marine Reserve
Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse reef
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Gulisi garifuna museum
Half moon caye – Snorkelling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
House of culture
Image factory
Lamanai – Maya temple
Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Museum of belize
National instate of culture and history
Placencia beach town and offshore reef
Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve – (Near Punta Gorda)
Sugar farms
Whale sharks – gladden spit marine reserve – april to may
Xunantunich temple

National Parks – Seven protected areas of belize
– Bacalar chico national park and marine reserve
– Blue hole natural monument
– Glover reef
– Half moon caye
– Laughing bird caye
– Sapodilla cayes
– South water caye

Local Transportation – Belize

Important notes – Belize

Costa Rica

General Info / Resources – Costa Rica

Costa rica guide – https://costa-rica-guide.com/

Costa Rica Traveler – http://www.costaricatraveler.com/

Recommended Books (Selected) – Costa Rica

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Costa Rica

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Costa Rica

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Costa Rica

Baldi Hot springs and resort – Arenal
Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park
Arenal Mundo Aventura
Cahuita National Park
Corcovado National Park
Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Paradise Hot Springs – Arenal Volcano National Park
Playa Conchal
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Santa Teresa
Proyecto Asis (Monkey rescue)
Rio Celeste – Natural swimming pools
Samara Trails
Tabacon Hot Springs – Arenal Volcano National Park
Tortuguero National Park
Toucan Rescue Ranch (San Isidro)

Local Transportation – Costa Rica

Important Notes – Costa Rica


General Info / Resources – Guatemala

Recommended Books (Selected) – Guatemala

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Guatemala

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Guatemala

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Guatemala

Rio dulce (Lake and River area)

Acatenango Volcano (Antigua)
Arco de Santa Catalina (Antigua)
Casa Santo Domingo (Antigua)
ChocoMuseo (Antigua)
Hotel Atitlan Gardens (Panajachel)
Lake Atitlan (Lake Atitlan)
Pacaya Volcano (Antigua)
Parque Tikal Guatemala (Tikal Mayan temple) – and surrounding Tikal ruins (Peten)
Semuc Champey – Natural swimming pools (Lanquin)
The Plaza (Parque Central) (Antigua)
Volcan San Pedro (San Pedro La Laguna)
Yaxha Temple (Peten)

Local Transportation – Guatemala

Important Notes – Guatemala


General Info / Resources – Honduras

Recommended Books (Selected) – Honduras

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Honduras

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Honduras

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Honduras

West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras
Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails (Sandy Bay)
Copan Ruinas – Mayan Temples (Copan)
El Picacho – Lookout and park (Tegucigalpa)
Garifuna culture
Gumbalimba Park (Roatan)
Little French Key (Roatan)
Luna Jaguar Hot Spring (Copan)
Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve (Copan)
Pulhapanzak Waterfall (San Buenaventura)
Roatan and bay islands
Rusty Fish – Shop(Roatan)
San pedro Sula town
Sculpture Museum (Copan)
Steel Pan Alley (Roatan)
Tabyana Beach (West Bay)
Utila Cays (Utila)
West Bay Beach (West Bay)

Copan – Mayan Temple

Local Transportation – Honduras

Important Notes – Honduras


General Info / Resources – Mexico

Travel Yucatan – https://travelyucatan.com/
Webcams Mexico – http://www.webcamsdemexico.com/

Recommended Books (Selected) – Mexico

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Mexico

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Mexico

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Mexico

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) – Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico city – Frida kahlo blue home
San cristobal de las casas
Sian ka’an biospehere

District of Palmitas in Pachuca in Mexico – 20 thousand square meters of painted surfaces over 209 houses – colourful homes on the hill

– Cenote Ik Kil

Tulum temples

Chichen itza temple

Cozumel island – Snorkelling

Whale sharks – Cancun (June, July august) – Swimming tours

Xel-ha – waterpark and attraction – near cancun

Best beaches
Playa Carrizalillo beach – Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.
Tulum beach
Bacalar lagoon – 40 kilometres north of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, or about 240 kilometres southwest of Tulum.
Isla Holbox Island

Local Transportation – Mexico

Important Notes – Mexico


General Info / Resources – Nicaragua

Recommended Books (Selected) – Nicaragua

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Nicaragua

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Nicaragua

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Nicaragua

Catedral de Granada (Granada)
Corn Islands
Guadalupe Church (Granada)
Isla Ometepe (Island)
Islets of Granada
Masaya Volcano National Park
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia (San Juan del Sur)
Mombacho Volcano
Ojo de Agua (Isla de Ometepe) – Natural swimming pools

Local Transportation – Nicaragua

Important Notes – Nicaragua


General Info / Resources – Panama

Recommended Books (Selected) – Panama

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Panama

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Panama

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Panama

– Bocas del Toro Archipelago
– San Blas Islands

Local Transportation – Panama

Important Notes – Panama

AMERICAS – South America


General Info / Resources – Argentina

Recommended Books (Selected) – Argentina

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Argentina

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Argentina

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Argentina

Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Torres del plaino nat pk – Patagonia region

Buenos aires Areas
– San telmo
– La boca
– Palmero
– Recoleta
– Villa crespo

Carlos Thays Botanic Garden
Estancia Villa Maria
Tigre Delta islands- Buenos Aires
Perito Moreno Glacier (Santa Cruz, Argentina)

Local Transportation – Argentina

Important Notes – Argentina


General Info / Resources – Bolivia

Recommended Books (Selected) – Bolivia

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Bolivia

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Bolivia

Crillion – Lake Titicaca – Hydrofoils – http://crillontours.com/index.php/en/

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Bolivia

Iguassu falls
Lake Titicaca
Salar de uyumi (Lake Uyuni)
The altiplano

• Lake Titicaca (Bolivia / Peru) –

• Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats – Bolivia) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salar_de_Uyuni

Local Transportation – Bolivia

Important Notes – Bolivia


General Info / Resources – Brazil
Blame it on Rio – http://www.blameitonrio4travel.com
• Brazil Travel Buddy – http://www.braziltravelbuddy.com/
• Brazil Travel guide – http://www.brazil-travel-guide.com/
• Brazil (Wiki Page) – http://www.wikirio.com/
• My Rio Travel Guide – http://www.myriotravelguide.com/
Rio Carnaval – http://carnavalesamba.rio/
• Rio de Janiero Travel – http://www.rio.com/

Recommended Books (Selected) – Brazil

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Brazil

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Brazil

Carioca free culture – http://www.cariocafreeculture.com/
Rio all access – https://rioallaccess.com/

Rio by Bike (Bicycle tours in Rio de Janiero) – http://riobybike.com/

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Brazil

Inhotim Museum – Brumadinho, Brazil

Caldas Novas thermal springs – Goiâni state
Baía dos Porcos, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco
Lopes Mendes, Rio de Janeiro (Toward Illa grande)
Galés, Maragogi, Alagoas
Praia de Jericoacoara, Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará
Praia do Forno, Rio de Janeiro
Segunda praia, Morro de São Paulo, Cairú, Bahia
Praia do Espelho, Trancoso, Bahia

• Fernando de Noronha (Famous Brazilian island) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_de_Noronha
Iguazu Falls (Foz do Iguacu, Argentina / Brazil)

Rio de Janiero

Praça Mauá rio area
Arpoador Beach
Centro district
Christ redeemer
Copacabana beach
Copacabana fort
Escadaria Selaron – Lapa
Favela – Vidigal district
Favelas – Rocinha district
Governador Island
Instituto Moreira Salles and Gardens
Imperial Palace – Petropolis
Ipanema Beach
Lapa district
Leblon district
Maracana stadium
Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
Museum of Contemporary Art – Niteroi
Museum of Modern art
National Historical Museum of Brazil
National Museum of Brazi
Paquetá Island – Guanabara Bay
Parque do Flamengo
Parque Lage
Pedra da Gávea – Tijuca Forest
Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach
Rio Botanic gardens
Samambaia and Gardens
San Theresa district
Sitio – Roberto Burle Marx’s former home and gardens
Sugarloaf Cable Car
Sugarloaf mountain
Theatre municipal
Three peaks state park (40kms from Rio)
Tijuca forest

Local Transportation – Brazil

• Rio De Janiero – Airport transport, Ferries, train, buses

• Sao Paulo – airport transport, buses, train

Important Notes – Brazil


General Info / Resources – Chile

Recommended Books (Selected) – Chile

Recommended Souvenirs (Selected) – Chile

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Chile

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Chile

Laguna Ceja (Salt Lake – Swimming) – San Pedro de Atacama – near Antofagasta

Geysers Del tatio
National Botanical Garden Vina del Mar
Saltos del Laja (Waterfalls)
Torres Del Paine National Park (Patagonia, Chile)
Atacama salt flat and desert
Easter island statues
el taito geysers – Sunrise

Local Transportation – Chile

Important Notes – Chile


General Info / Resources – Colombia
Artisans of Colombia – http://www.artesaniasdecolombia.com.co
• Latin Travel Guide (Colombian Travel Information) – http://latintravelguide.com/
• Sarepa – Colombian Blog – http://sarepa.com/
• See Colombia – http://seecolombia.travel/blog/

Uncover Colombia – http://www.uncovercolombia.com/en/

Recommended Books (Selected) – Colombia

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Colombia

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Colombia

Notable events (Selected) – Colombia

Risaralda bird festival

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Colombia

Rosano island
Tyrona nat pk

Local Transportation – Colombia

• Bogota –  Airport transport, train, buses, Ticketing

• Barranquilla / Cartagena –  – Airport transport, Ferries, train, buses, Ticketing

• Medellin –  – Airport transport, train, buses, Ticketing

• San Andres –  – Airport transport, Ferries, train, buses, Ticketing

Important Notes – Colombia


General Info / Resources – Ecuador

Galapagos conservation – http://www.galapagos.org/

• Galapagos Islands – http://www.galapagosislands.com/

Go Galapagos (Klein tours) – http://www.gogalapagos.com/

• International Galapagos Tour operators association (Includes comprehensive islands guide) – http://www.igtoa.org
Metropolitan touring (Galapagos) – http://www.metropolitan-touring.com/

Recommended Books (Selected) – Ecuador

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Ecuador

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Ecuador

Narel daily Galapagos yacht tours – http://www.georeisen-ecuador.com

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Ecuador

Mindo cloud forest
Galapagos islands
Otavalo market – Saturdays
Yasumi National park
Macalilla np

Local Transportation – Ecuador

Important Notes – Ecuador

French Guyana

General Info / Resources – French Guyana

Recommended Books (Selected) – French Guyana

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – French Guyana

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – French Guyana

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – French Guyana

Local Transportation – French Guyana

Important Notes – French Guyana


General Info / Resources – Guyana

Recommended Books (Selected) – Guyana

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Guyana

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Guyana

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Guyana

Local Transportation – Guyana

Important Notes – Guyana


General Info / Resources – Paraguay

Recommended Books (Selected) – Paraguay

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Paraguay

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Paraguay

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Paraguay

Local Transportation – Paraguay

Important Notes – Paraguay


General Info / Resources – Peru
• Inca Trail Information – http://incatrailperu.com/

• Only Peru Guide – http://theonlyperuguide.com/
• Pariwana Hostel (Lima and Cuzco) – http://www.pariwana-hostel.com/

Thrifty Nomads – How to do Machu Picchu Cheap – http://thriftynomads.com/how-to-see-machu-picchu-cheap/

Recommended Books (Selected) – Peru

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Peru

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Peru

• Machu Picchu tour – http://fabulousperutours.com/

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Peru

Lima – Bunanco district
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Amazon rain forest – stay and cruise the rivers
Inca trail and macho picchu

• Machu Picchu (Official) – http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/
Potato museum

Local Transportation – Peru

Important Notes – Peru


General Info / Resources – Suriname

Recommended Books (Selected) – Suriname

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Suriname

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Suriname

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Suriname

Local Transportation – Suriname

Important Notes – Suriname


General Info / Resources – Uruguay

Recommended Books (Selected) – Uruguay

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Uruguay

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Uruguay

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Uruguay

Local Transportation – Uruguay

Important Notes – Uruguay


General Info / Resources – Venezuela

Recommended Books (Selected) – Venezuela

Recommended souvenirs (Selected) – Venezuela

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected) – Venezuela

Attractions and Sights (Selected) – Venezuela

Cayo de Agua – Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
La Isla Margarita

Angel Falls – Canaima National Park
Catatumbo Lightning – Mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo – Lightning strike every night
Lake Maracaibo – Stilt homes on water

Local Transportation – Venezuela

Important Notes – Venezuela


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