It is not necessary to go very far to be enchanted by stunning landscapes. Here in Latin America you can find unbelievable places and breathtaking natural landscapes. Paulo and I are more and more in love with trips that allow greater contact with nature and we cannot deny that here in Brazil and in our neighboring countries there is no shortage of great destinations!
The islands and archipelagos of this region are wonderful and, if you are planning your vacation, nothing better than to leave a little more traditional routes and explore these incredible places more.
The biodiversity found in this place is surprising to anyone! The archipelago is less than a thousand kilometers from the Ecuadorian coast and is formed by 13 large islands and dozens of islets; all of volcanic origin. It was by observing fauna in the region that none other than Charles Darwin developed his theory about the evolution of species.
It is clear that after knowing this, the curiosity to know more about the species that inhabit the archipelago increases and it is exactly because of the growing number of tourists that the Ecuadorian government limits the number of people who can visit the islands.
In addition to observing the wildlife, which is the main attraction of the region, Galápagos also has beautiful beaches, caves and impressive volcanic landscapes! Most tourists prefer to travel on a cruise as it is possible to visit more islands in a shorter period of time. It is also possible to stay on some islands in the archipelago (Isabela, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Floreana), but you will need to rent boats to do the tours.
Easter Island, Chile
You have certainly seen this landscape in at least one history book! Easter Island is one of the most mysterious and incredible places in the world and, despite being 3500 kilometers from the Chilean coast, it is one of the points that most attracts tourists to the country. In addition to being super-isolated, the island has more than 850 giant statues (called moais) scattered throughout its territory. The big question is how were these statues over 4 meters high (on average) moved? To date, there is no confirmed theory as there are no written records.
Los Roques, Venezuela
Coral barriers, calm beaches and calm sea! I think that these characteristics alone are enough to want to know the Los Roques archipelago. The largest of the islands is Gran Roque, where the airport and the main hotels in the region are located. Although it is not a trip with many luxuries, the destination is perfect for those who enjoy diving, since the visibility and marine fauna are incredible.
New to scuba diving? Relax, just with the snorkel you can enjoy a lot, especially on the boat trip through the islands Rabusquí, Cote and Crasquí. Do you just want to relax? Be sure to visit the Cayo de Agua beach!
San Andres Island, Colombia
Crystal clear waters and a lot of charm are the main characteristics of San Andrés. The island has more infrastructure than Los Roques, good restaurants and the prices are usually quite worth it (especially for seafood). Despite being only 26 km², it is the largest island in the San Andrés archipelago and is ideal for those who want to enjoy beach days and dives.
Because it is relatively small, most tourists rent a golf cart to get around and do the classic tour across the island’s coast. In addition, it is possible to take a boat from there to see two equally beautiful islets: Aquarium and Johnny Cay.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Of course, I would not fail to put a national destination on this list, right? In the case of islands and archipelagos, it is difficult not to mention Fernando de Noronha. The place is famous all over the world mainly for the incredible scuba dives and marine life. Despite being composed of 21 islets, only one of them, with 17 km², is inhabited but that does not detract from the beauty of the destination.
On boat trips, you will most likely encounter dolphins and sharks. However, it is not necessary to go far from the coast to find marine animals, after all, even on the edge of the beach you can find several species of fish, small sharks and turtles 😉
Fernando de Noronha has a limited number of visitors and an environmental fee must be paid to enter. These two points can even be considered negative for some, but the fact is that the archipelago remains very well preserved.
So, was it easier or more difficult to define the destination of the next vacation ?!