Along a street near Bogota, Colombia. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love, because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked “on.” Suddenly you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world.”             

– Pico Yver

Explore what awaits you in Central and South AmericaCentral America has a rich cultural heritage that is defined by the seven countries that sit within its borders:  Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.   The swamp land that divides the Pan-American Highway between Panama and Colombia identifies the border for South America—a country with a rich biodiversity and natural heritage that includes Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall; the largest river, the Amazon River; the largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest; the longest mountain range, the Andes; the highest single drop waterfall on Guyana, the Kaieteur Falls; and the driest non-polar place on earth, the Atacama Desert.

The Central and South America region is home to the most dynamic cities in the world like Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Caracas. The South America region offers so much to explore like the glacier laden mountains, the greatest rivers in the world, jungles, beaches, and an unimaginable amount of wildlife. In the Central America also, the travelers can make a huge list of things to see and do – villages, inland lakes, volcanoes, ocean side beaches, mountains, coffee plantations, and all kinds of wildlife. A whole new adventure awaits you in the Central and South America region.


Mapuche house in Chile #Indigenous #heritage

Chilean Tourism and the Indigenous Mapuche

By Leijia Hanrahan

The regions of Biobío and Araucanía, which lie somewhere in the middle of the 2,653 miles that stretch from Chile’s top to bottom, are nevertheless known as “the south.”   Read more

Central and South America Indigenous Social Responsibility
Photo of Avenida de Mayo by Ana Astri-O'Reilly

Spanish Heritage in Buenos Aires: Avenida de Mayo

By Ana Astri-O’Reilly

When Buenos Aires became the capital of Argentina in 1880, the mayor, Torcuato de Alvear, decided to modernize the city in order to leave its Spanish colonial past behind. People of his generation and social class – the upper crust— venerated European powerhouses like England and France and looked down … Read more   Read more

Central and South America History
Tree frog in Costa Rica.

Sustainable Hotels in Costa Rica: 5 Eco-Conscious Choices

By Lola Méndez

Costa Rica is a top eco-conscious destination with many properties implementing sustainable initiatives to keep their environmental impact to a minimum to preserve the biodiversity of the country. This movement is a natural extension of the country motto, Pura Vida!   Read more

Central and South America Eco-tourism Sustainability
Cup of coffee from Costa Rica surrounded by beans and green leaves.

Touring a Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica

By Lola Méndez

Traveling has made me a coffee lover. I’ve enjoyed the perfect espresso in Italy, strong traditional brews made in copper pots in Albania, cortados in Uruguay, and learned to take my coffee with coconut milk in Vietnam. Throughout my adventures, I’ve visited coffee plantations in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. I … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Agritourism Food & Drink
Ecuador Amazon. Driver on the river.

The Ecuadorian Amazon: Visiting with a Local

By Hana LaRock

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve dreamed of visiting the Amazon Rainforest. Whether it was the nature shows on the Discovery Channel or birthday dinners spent at the Rainforest Café, an Amazon themed-restaurant, the animals, the sounds of the rain and seeing all the colors come together to … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path
Amazon River at night

Adventures on the Amazon

By Patti Morrow

Since pre-Colombian times, the Amazon has been the source of intrigue for outsiders, from daydreams of riverboat adventures to nightmares of shrunken heads.   Read more

Central and South America Luxury Travel Sustainability
Costa Rica beach signs

Finding the Perfect Costa Rican Beach

By Eliza Amon

Costa Rica has 300 beaches along nearly 800 miles of coastline so choosing the right one is challenging. Playa Espadrilla, a serene mile-long beach on the Pacific side of Costa Rica met my family’s antithetical needs, providing a perfect base for a weeklong vacation.   Read more

Central and South America Family Travel
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick, World Footprints

Walking through Rio – A tale of many cities

Decorative stairs in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick Rio de Janeiro (named a top place to visit) is a city of vibrant neighborhoods and districts. We wanted to experience the city’s culture and history up close so we embarked on an exploration of Rio by foot. Historian Dr. … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Architecture History The Arts
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Exploring Colombia

World Footprints is excited to take you on a journey through Colombia, South America where “The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay”.  Colombia is home to the 2015 Miss Universe and the country was the featured country in the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and also had a presence in subsequent Smithsonian … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Experiences Social Responsibility
Zana, Peru.

ZAÑA – the Peruvian ghost town that still lives

By Jackie Jones

The Peruvian city of Zaña has undergone a dramatic fall since its founding in the 16th century. It is not exactly a ghost town per say, yet its history is fascinating.   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path History
Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Initial reflections on Brazil

We heard many things about Rio de Janeiro before traveling to the country of Brazil for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  Some things we heard were not positive so we were determined to explore the city upon arrival and form opinion.  This short reflection segment offers our initial impressions.   Read more

Central and South America Accessible Sports Events & Festivals
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Chatting with actress/singer Gloria Loring and Cruising the Amazon

Actress/singer Gloria Loring.Fans of the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" (DOOL) will enjoy another one of our conversations with actress, singer and author Gloria Loring who played Liz Chandler for seven years on the soap opera.  Gloria spends some time today talking about her spiritual autobiography "Coincidence is God's … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Cruising Insights Literature & Music Sustainability
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The Worst Food in the World: Ñachi

By Richard Bangs

On the way to the headwaters of the Bio-Bio River in Chile, where we hoped to make the first descent, we stopped at a Mapuche Indian farm house and asked if we might camp in an untilled field. Yes, Yaco, the owner, replied, but only if we joined for dinner. … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Food & Drink
Nazca line in Peru

Nazca Lines in Danger – Protecting the Ancient Geoglyphs

By Jackie Jones

The famous Nazca Lines in Peru remain a mystery. The geometric designs date back to 200BC and today draw the attention of tourists and archaeological enthusiasts. However, drastic weather changes as well as increasing visitor presence are threatening the lines.   Read more

Central and South America Landscape Preservation
Rio's favelas

Staying in Rio’s favelas

By Jackie Jones

As preparations are under way for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro gets ready to receive a number of tourists counted by the millions. A wide range of hotels are getting ready to open in non-mainstream areas such as the now pacified favelas … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Experiences