Along a street near Bogota, Colombia

“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.” A tourism hot spot for culture, handicrafts, and its pastoral landscape, this area is also a center of conflict— the indigenous … Read more   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! Costa Rica is one of the only countries in the … Read more   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

Riding the Dunes in Peru

By Jackie Jones

Most visitors to Peru usually seek out its ancient treasures and sacred places, but a new, challenging and undoubtedly thrilling adventure activity is now available – riding down dunes on a sandboard.   Read more

Central and South America Adventure
Amazon River at night

Adventures on the Amazon

By Patti Morrow

I stepped back into the dark brown muck and leaned on the tree behind me to get a better photo of the anaconda slithering in my direction. I was motionless for a mere two seconds when Ericson Pinedo, our local naturalist, jerked me back by my arm and quickly snatched … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Luxury Travel Sustainability

Finding the Perfect Costa Rican Beach

By Eliza Amon

Everyone in my family has a different vision of what they want from a winter beach vacation. My husband, who works long hours, likes to be steps from a swimmable ocean with good restaurants nearby. My teenage daughter wants to sleep until noon and then is ready for either adventure … Read more   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

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 Decorative stairs in Lapa. and history up close so we embarked on an exploration of Rio by foot. Historian Dr. Luciana Fagundes led our walking tour, … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Architecture History The Arts

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 wewere 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

Exploring Brazil without breaking the bank

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Brazil has always been a hot tourist destination.  However, since hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics Games, Brazil has also become the hottest ticket in town.  This means that everything from your airline ticket, hotel, meals and activities can cost more.  But, there is an affordable Brazil and … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Budget Travel
Peru Animal Rainforest Conservation volunteers.

First steps towards planning a Volunteer Vacation

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Voluntourism, or volunteer travel, is growing in popularity and altruism seems to be the driving force.  But it is all that it promises?  What are the benefits and how can any pitfalls be avoided? Here are a few things you should consider if a volunteer holiday is something you want … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Piranha by MM.jpg

Angling for more than Piranha in Brazil

By Susan Powell

Do you love to fish?  If so, we’ve discovered a new fishing hotspot that has been under the radar for years.  Most fishing enthusiasts think of traveling to the following destinations to drop a hook in first: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Belize Maldini, Kenya Key West, Florida Panama … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Adventure Food & Drink