In the world of Celestial Voyagers, Latin America includes Mexico through Central and South America. This vast and amazing area encompasses a multitude of interests and diversity of cultures to the curious traveler. The official language of Latin America is either Spanish or Portuguese, apart from the native languages.
The countries in Latin America present, with a study of ancient civilizations, thousands of years of development in the arts and crafts. Indigenous local markets abound throughout Latin America displaying such items as pottery and weaving or “molas” of Panama.
National Parks & Unesco Heritage Sites
Natural wonders exist such as Copper Canyon in Mexico and Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
Each natural wonder is astonishing with incomparable vistas. National parks are an integral part of Latin America as evidenced by Tortuguero in Costa Rica, Torres del Paine in Chile, Manu in the Peruvian equatorial forest or Los Glacieres in Argentina.
Unesco Heritage Sites never disappoint and can be included in your program such as visits to Arequipa in Peru, El Fuerte de Samaipata in Boliva, Puebla and the Popocatepetl Volcano in Mexico and Goias Velha in Brazil. Geographically, you will see and feel the high altitudes of the Andes and the rich agricultural valleys at the foot of the volcanos.
Equatorial forests are also part of the scenic landscape.
Mexico And Beyond
During your journey, you will travel through time and distinguish the 5 major civilizations. Over the centuries, the Olmecs, the Mayas, Teotihuacan, the Toltecs and finally the Aztecs contributed significantly before the arrival of the Spaniards.
The history of each country will address the distinctions of pre-Columbian times versus Colonial and Modern times.
Introduction to the Inca civilization is a special highlight of a visit to Latin America. Their empire extended along the Andes over 1500 miles and ranged from Ecuador to Southern Chile.
The Inca Empire was in great prosperity when Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, arrived from Spain in 1532. They didn’t have writing skills or the wheel, but they had a highly developed system of accounting and were monumental builders. Coastal and mountain roads allowed runners to cross the empire, north to south, in less than a week, covering 150 miles a day. The sacred city of Cuzco, the Inca trail and the discovery of Machu Picchu are testaments to this advanced civilization.
All The Way South To Patagonia
From the northern Mexican border to the southern tip at Tierra del Fuego, you could visit one country at a time or combine regions. Advantageous air fares makes it possible to see more than one country or a region of the Latin America at a time.
Patagonia is a region that covers many provinces in the countries of Chile and Argentina and is a trip in itself. Indeed, Patagonia requires more than one trip to see the staggering landscapes and vast territory of national parks, Unesco World Reserves and four World Heritage Sites. Amidst the enormous array of wildlife and nature, there is the city of Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world and the Argentine Tierra Del Fuego. A visit to a Andean glacier is enticing and adds to the complexity of this remarkable region.