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.


Machu Picchu

Peru Officials Arrest Six Tourists For Defecation In Iconic Sanctuary

Six tourists were arrested for allegedly defecating and damaging a sacred temple at the Machu Picchu sanctuary in Peru.   Wilbert Leyva, Cusco regional police chief, said the six tourists, one a French woman, were detained and the public ministry investigating them for the suspected crime against cultural heritage.   Police and … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Social Responsibility
Giant tortoises on the Galapagos Island.

Voluntourism and Galapagos Islands Conservation Practices: The Need for Caution

Join us for thought-provoking conversations that examine voluntourism and the impact that conservation practices and tourism have on the Galapagos Islands. First, voluntourism aka volunteer travel projects are helpful to communities in need.  But, intercultural educator Lena Papadopoulos says that some projects cause more harm to the communities they are … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Volunteer Travel Conservation Social Responsibility

Prison Island Becomes A Paradise For Visitors

Not very many people can say they’ve seen the Fernando de Noronha archipelago and enjoyed its mountain jungles and white-sand beaches. In 1988, about 75 percent of Brazil’s 21 scenic islands had been declared protected – now a national marine park and sanctuary. Today, the area only lets 420 visitors … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path
High above Bogota, Colombia.

High above Bogota, Colombia

Travel with us to the summit of Monserrate above Bogota, Colombia.  The mountain is part of the Andes and is a focal point in center of Colombia’s capital city.  It rises to 3,152 metres (10,341 ft) above sea level. At the top of Monserrate sits a 17th century church that houses … Read more   Read more

Central and South America History
Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is a setting for the luxury pop-up camp.

Outpost Camp To Send Chile Tourists To Remote, But Spectacular Areas

Outpost, a luxury pop-up camp, has been set up in Aysen, which is a remote area of northern Patagonia, to help people reach some of Chile’s less traveled tourist locations. Travel company Upscale is responsible for coming up with the camp. The goal is to change how visitors) experience the … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Luxury Travel Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
View of Machu Picchu

Peruvian Government Okays Plans For Airport At Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the most remarkable Inca projects, but it’s difficult to get to. Its citadel, which rests at the top, is protected by amazing gorges and peaks that surround the area. However, the Peruvian government released a statement stating the country was starting an international airport so … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Sustainability
View of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, a transformative trek

There were many memorable moments throughout my travels across South America, but the most defining memory had to be Machu Picchu. Seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the New World is an unmissable opportunity; one best done now while the ruins are still in relatively good condition. There are … Read more   Read more

Central and South America
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
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
Colombia Village. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

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
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. Rio … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Accessible Sports Events & Festivals