We have done many trips to Latin America and the Caribbean in the past 20 years, most of them were to relax, swim and snorkel. These trips were our way to escape, even if only for a week or two, from Montreal’s cold winters where we used to live. Escaping the cold is no longer a priority since we’ve move to Florida where the weather is much more to our liking, although, we now try to escape the scorching heat of July and August. It’s funny how priorities change!
Most of our past trips to this part of the world were at all-inclusive resorts in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Much of our time was spent in the water exploring the reef and it’s inhabitants as well as relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Nowadays, when we choose to go to a sunny and hot destination, it’s to go scuba diving, an activity we both love. Also, the warm clear water of the Caribbean is inviting and makes the experience even more enjoyable
We stayed at various resorts in:
We also did a number of cruises in the Caribbean and Latin America where we visited places that were more difficult to get to and lacked the convenience of a direct flight. Some of these small islands were ideal for a single day visit and would not be destinations we would normally choose for a week-long vacation, so cruising was a nice way to see them. We often think of cruising as a way of sampling many locations in a short time, if we really like a place, we can decide to go back for a longer stay.
While cruising we visited the following places:
Aruba – Barbados – Harvest Keys, Belize – Bonaire – Catalina Island, Dominican Republic – Cartagena, Colombia – Colon, Panama – Costa Maya, Mexico – Cozumel, Mexico – Curaçao – Galápagos Islands – Grenada – Martinique – Roatan, Honduras – Santa Marta, Colombia – St. Martin – British Virgin Islands
An expedition trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos was one of our most memorable travel experiences. Be aware that if you want to relax or rest during your trip, this isn’t the right trip for you. Early wake-ups, hiking and snorkeling were all part of our daily routine. You certainly don’t want to miss a minute! The Galápagos Islands are such a wonderful place to discover with each island being unique with it’s own creatures. If we have the chance, we would return to this exiting and mesmerizing place in an instant!
Not only can you find sand and sun at these destinations, many ancient civilizations’ vestiges (Mayan, Incan and Aztec) are scattered throughout Central and South America and some are fairly easy to get to. Resorts along the Riviera Maya in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula offer regular excursions to the Mayan’s sites of Chichén Itzá, Cobá and Tulum.
Our most recent trip to Latin America was to the land of the Incas in Peru. We had an amazing trip filled with visits to some incredible sites and lots of delicious food.
Of course, the Incas’ masterpiece is without a doubt the ancient city of Machu Picchu, I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time. Even with all the expectations, when you finally hike up over that last hill to see it, it takes your breath away. Pictures don’t do it justice.
We hope to be lucky enough to continue to explore all that Latin America as to offer!