Note: These are not set travel plans of mine. I may be writing as if they are but believe it or not, I am just a poor university student. Although I hope that you will all find some travel inspiration to visit South America during the Summer after reading this post. All views are, as always, my own. The creation of this post has been sponsored by Oasis Collections. This means there are links to luxury accommodations in South America.
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To all of you in New Zealand who have just finished school holidays and are starting back, well all I can say is good luck. I am so relieved to be finishing my year of university after the next couple of weeks, when my exams are over. I have already started dreaming about Summer. To all my readers on the other side of the world who are ploughing their way through the beginning of another year of studies good on ya and I admire your courage! I have been feeling quite a bit of wanderlust lately and as I haven’t talked to you very much about Latin America I thought today’s post could be about my Latin American Travel Wishlist. I’m going to let the photos do as much of the talking as possible because they are what have really inspired me for this trip.
Anyway my Passport is Packed, I have all my clothes in my suitcase for an awesome Summer ahead, but where should I go…?
Wouldn’t it be nice to spend Summer in Latin America…
First up on my 12 stop journey would be…
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro has got to be one of the most colourful and vibrant cities in Latin America, even dare to say the world. Not only the city but the birds there are some of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen! I would love to be able to visit the Amazon Jungle just to be able to take photos of such incredible creatures.
My Oasis Collections Choice: 1 Bedroom apartment in Copacabana.
São Paulo (Brazil)
São Paulo is similar to Rio in its vibrancy in colour and in culture. As the capital of Brazil it is a bustling city filled to the brim with exciting opportunities and activities. São Paulo has the biggest stadium in Brazil so it is definitely a must-do to go to a football match.
My Oasis Collections Choice: 1 Bedroom Loft Apartment in Jardins.
Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and houses more than half of the country’s population. It is a city of eclectic and rich culture with stunning gardens, delicious looking traditional foods and exciting rhythmic street music.
My Oasis Collections Choice: Stunning 2 Bedroom Apartment in Punta del Este.
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Buenos Aires is an unforgettable city filled with as much of a vibrant night life as the exciting things to do there during the day time. One of the must have experiences in Buenos Aires is to go to a Tango dance show as well as trying out the juicy steak and other meat dishes that Argentina is famous for. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city that never sleeps.
My Oasis Collections Choice: Modern and Bright Studio in Buenos Aires.
Santiago, the capital of Chile, is known to travellers for having a certain charm to it. It has everything from fine dining, the beautiful Andes mountains in the background and large landscaped parks and gardens. Rich in culture with beautiful old buildings it is definitely on my travel list.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
One of my most wanderlusted places of all time is Machu Picchu and visiting the Aztec ruins there. To be surround by such a beautiful history that is integral to the whole continent would be mind-blowingly wonderful!
With beautiful and colourful markets Lima is the place to be shopping if you want to be surrounded by every colour you could possibly imagine. As the capital of Peru it is also the second driest capital in the world after Cairo. The messiest but all the while delightful city you can’t miss the exciting collision of cultures and fantastic food.
Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
I have always had a strong affinity and love for turtles and I have always loved the thought of going to see the giant Tortugas (Turtles) in Ecuador. I read a book when I was younger about this girl who won some sort of scholarship in America and go to spend the Summer working with the turtles with Marine Biologists. That was probably where my fascination and love for the animals first came from as I loved that story, and it also made me want to become a Marine Biologist. (Unfortunately I don’t love science enough to be able to do that anymore.) The Galapagos Islands are the perfect places to be by the sea wherever you go and enjoy the summer sun and swimming during a Latin American Summer.
Known as the beating heart of Colombia, Bogotá is a sophisticated and cool urban city. La Candelaria is the historical downtown area filled with preciously preserved buildings, hotels, museums, restaurants, churches and all the traditional attractions.
My Oasis Collections Choice: Luxury 2 Bedroom Apartment in Santa Barbara.
According to Lonely Planet, Cartagena is the city of romance and the undisputed queen of the Carribean coast. The towns of Cartagena are protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites and you can tell why from the stunning cathedral below. In the outer towns though it is back to the hustle and bustle of working Latin American cities.
My Oasis Collections Choice: 7 Bedroom Villa in Old Town, Cartagena.
Costa Rica is a beautiful coastal country in Central America between the continents of North and South America. Although small is has marvellous forests rich in wildlife and beautiful historical and new buildings.
My Oasis Collections Choice: Breathtaking 5 Bedroom House in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica.
Puerto Rico is definitely on my travel list for my nostalgic reasons but it is a beautiful island country none the less. One of my favourite musicals is West Side Story which is a modern day Romeo and Juliet about the two gangs in New York. One of the gangs is made up of some Puerto Rican boys and I have always been fascinated with their culture. It is technically a part of the United States and shares its Island with the Dominican Republic. Definitely a nice little Island to go to a cruise on and “finish” my trip with (so to speak).
When I do eventually go on my Latin American travels it is all going to be centered around vibrant colour, the rich cultures, wildlife and history! Oh and I will most definitely have to check out some of those stunning looking houses from Oasis Collections! You can probably tell that just from the photos you have seen in this post, but it is those 4 things that draw me most to Latin America, plus the fact that most of the countries speak Spanish. When that time comes I will look back on this post for ideas and inspiration for my travels. However, a it is going to be a wee while until that happens I will have to satisfy myself with dreaming of beautiful places.
Where would you go if you went for a Summer trip to Latin America? Or if you live in Latin America what other places could I add to my list?
More awesome posts from Spanish Month:
Post 1: About Spain
Post 3: 14 Awesome Hispanic Based Movies
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