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South America is an amazing continent to visit. It has a total of 13 countries with a total population of 385 million. The most spoken languages in South America are Portuguese, Spanish, English, Dutch and French.

Travel articles about South America

Chankillo, Peru – the 2,300-year-old solar desert observatory

The pre-Columbian history of Peru began about 15,000 years ago, until the times of the Inca civilization. This vigorous and indomitable Inca empire extended beyond Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. The end of the Incas arrived with the Spanish colonizers in 1531. A mix of indomitable spirit, lack of serfdom, refusal to external dominance and unexpected death by unknown diseases, brought the unfortunate decimation of these people by the Spaniards. Independence is achieved three centuries later, led by Simon Bolivar – a Venezuelan military leader who was partly responsible for the revolutions against the Spanish empire in South America. Peru has diverse geographical areas that are…

Visit Chichicastenango – Guatemala, Pre-Columbian beliefs & Witchcraft

I love open air markets. Do you? I can easily skip a museum to visit a local market or weekly bazaar. To visit Chichicastenango is an amazing experience. If you’re planning to visit Guatemala, Chichicastenango is located at 1965 meters / 6446 ft high and has to be on your top list of priorities in the country. Let me tell you a bit more about this place. Chichicastenango market is one of the most colorful places I’ve ever been to. Apart from the frenzy business and chaotic atmosphere of this area, Chichicastenango is a living Pre-Columbian ritualistic arena. Why? Because Chichicastenango people are deeply connected to…

The Tatuyo – Incredible life of a surviving Amazon Brazilian tribe

The world is developing fast. Indigenous way of life is fairly almost gone for most remote tribes around the globe. Many people leave their ancestral way of living and migrate to urban centers in search of a better and more comfortable life. In Brazil, the State protects a few numbers of indigenous communities and issues travel restrictions to the normal citizen. Basically, no one from the outside is allowed to visit them. They will remain fairly untouched and isolated forever. Meanwhile, some other tribes in the Brazilian rain forest are trying to survive in a way that they need to find a relation between the past…

550 hours Amazon River boat trip: Brazil, Peru & Ecuador

Have you ever considered crossing the Amazon River by boat? I made this trip, and I’ll share it with you – revealing useful tips and detailed information on how you can also do it on your own. This page tells you about crossing the Amazon River and the Napo River by boat, for a few months. Napo River Boat Walkthrough, Peru to Ecuador Obviously, I didn’t make this trip all at once. My Amazon trip lasted about four months, and during this period I explored Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador’s Amazon Rain Forest regions. Map of Amazon River crossing Fully crossing the Amazon River Francisco de Orellana…

Inspiring Photos of Atacama Desert, northern Chile

Atacama Desert is famous, beautiful, and dry. In fact, Atacama is the driest place on Earth. Sheltered between the Atacama ocean trench and the Andes Mountains, this place offers breathtaking and Mars like landscapes. This desert region is all about 6000 m / 19685 ft high volcanoes, turquoise lagoons, desert wildlife, geysers, canyons and salt lakes. On this page, I share with you a collection of motivational pictures and inspiring photos of Atacama Desert in Chile. This includes places like El Tatio geysers, San Pedro city, Machuca, Salt Lakes, Death Valley, El Coyote and the unbelievable Valle de la Luna. I hope you enjoy it. ?…

Visit Peru – 80 Amazing places to travel in Peru

Do you want to visit Peru? Peru is a country in South America that many people are curious to visit. The combination of tropical latitudes, vast mountain ranges, several topographical variations and the two oceanic currents, the Humboldt and El Niño, gives Peru a large diversity of climates. Peru is a country that has jungle, beach, tropical climate, desert dunes, lakes, and mountains over 6000 meters / 19 685 feet high. ⛰ I had the opportunity of visiting Peru three times: from October 26th until November 16th = 24 days from December 29th until January 23rd = 26 days from August 21st until August 30th =…

Crossing the Guianas Overland step-by-step – South America

The north-eastern region of South America is commonly called as “The Guianas”. The name Guiana means “land of many waters” and comes from local Amerindian languages. There are 3 main Guianas: Guyana (British Guiana) Suriname (Dutch Guiana) French Guiana There are 2 extra Guianas: Brazilian Amapá State (Portuguese Guiana) Venezuelan Guayana Region (Spanish Guiana) Georgetown to Macapá by land – Guyana to Brazil via Suriname and French Guiana This page is about an overland trip from Guyana’s capital Georgetown all the way to Macapá in Brazil, crossing Suriname and French Guiana. I made this trip during the month of July – dry season. The main focus…

Galapagos Islands Last Minute Cruises – What to Know

I spent 16 days in the Galapagos Islands. When I decided to travel to Galapagos, I didn’t want to make any cruise. What I had in mind was to explore the several islands on my own, without getting any Galapagos cruise. However, when I arrived in Puerto Ayora, the biggest city of Santa Cruz Island, I changed my mind. I decided to buy a Galapagos Last Minute Cruise. Why? Well, while visiting Puerto Ayora I was offered a very good last minute deal to go on a cruise. Something I couldn’t refuse. Puerto Ayora is the perfect city to get your Galapagos Last Minute Cruise, because…

Best Travel Experiences

Throughout the World, there are many wonderful places to travel to. Yet, some unique experiences remain secrets, only a few people having the chance to become involved with them. On this page, I will describe some of the best travel experiences I’ve had, examples that can easily provide inspiration and motivation for your future travels. Please note: I’ve been traveling since 1999. So, some of the older photographs on this page are taken with more standard equipment and are of lesser quality than more recent images. Happy travels! Berber Triple Marriage in Sahara Desert I had the opportunity of being invited to an authentic Amazigh (Berber)…

Driving in South America – Quito to Ushuaia road trip

I started Driving in South America after having completed several months going through the jungle and up the Amazon River by boat. I decided to change my means of transportation. Why? I bought a car in Quito, Ecuador’s capital. All those months of backpacking, sleeping in hammocks, river boats and piranhas were over. From now on the trip was about road maps, gasoline, car insurance, customs border control, etc… The trip was taken to another dimension. I could now visit more destinations along the way, because when traveling by boat or by bus, I was not able to visit anything in between. Being able to drive…

Brazilian Amazon River by Boat – 70 Important travel tips

Traveling the Amazon River by boat is an amazing experience. Cruising for days on this epic journey is something that will stay in your memory forever. On this page, I will give you some useful suggestions and directions to help you cross the Brazilian Amazon River by boat more easily and comfortably. My trip in the Amazon River by boat was always upstream. I made the journey from Macapá to the tri-border of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. Yet, I kept on going up the river to the city of Iquitos on the Peruvian side of the Amazon and later on until El Coca in Ecuador through…

Inspiring Places to Visit in South America – Travel Guide

South America Travel Guide “South America is an amazing continent to visit. It has a total of 13 countries with a total population of 385 million. The most spoken languages in South America are Portuguese, Spanish, English, Dutch, and French. “ My Top South America 4th century BC Chankillo astronomical observatory, Peru Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Up stream Amazon River boat trip, Brazil 30 km / 19 mi length Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina 10000 years old Paituna Rock Paintings in Monte Alegre, Brazil Salar de Atacama and Valle de la Luna in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile 979 m / 3212 ft Angel falls in Canaima National…

Meaning of the Flags of the Americas

The flags represent the national identity of each country. Each color has a meaning in the history of nations. American flags vary on color and meaning. On this page, I list all flags of North America, Central America, South America and their colors. Flags of the Americas Flag of Antigua and Barbuda 5 colors: red, black, blue, white, yellow. Meaning of the flag of Antigua and Barbuda: Black represents African ancestry and the soil; blue symbolizes hope; red stands for the strength of the people and the blood of slave forefathers; yellow, blue and white stand for tourist attractions sun, sea, and sand. The 7 point…

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HI! I'm João Leitão. Traveling independently since 1999, I explored more than 130 countries and territories in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Welcome to my adventure travel blog, where I gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e YouTube.

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