“Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
Unlike Europe, the travel distances in South America are lengthy and traveling by train is not nearly as accessible. It tends to get written off as a go to destination because of its stormy past and it’s lesser known routes but the Latin American charm should not be ignored as there is much to be explored on this huge continent. Over the past 5 months, The Lifestyle Project has been doing some hands-on research in order to better serve our customers for their up and coming trips. Our list is quite extensive, but for now we are going to hit you with our top 5 lesser know gems .
This slow-paced city in the south of Peru is a wonderful slice of tranquility. It is far less known then the giants of Machu Picchu and Lima and boasts pleasant weather year round. With one of the most beautiful plazas in the world and it's colonial shaded streets, it is easy to interact with the curious locals. Small innovative restaurants are opening up in hidden corners and the near-by Colca canyon provides visitors with stunning views of a volcanic rich nature. Make sure there is room for Arequipa on your Peru adventure.
Salento is a small town that is hugged in by beautiful green mountains in the Mid-West of Colombia. Along with its colourful houses and accommodating inhabitants, one is surely going to enjoy the locally roasted coffee from the towns very own plantations. This lush region offers the lucky visitors a relaxing escape from the bigger cities and has amazing nature tours that range from horse back riding to mountain biking. One of the ultimate highlights it the waterfall laced hiking that takes place in Cocora Valley which will take your breath away as you wander through the sky high palm trees.
Once a common fighting ground between the Spanish and the Portuguese, Colonia will sweep you off of your feet as you dance your way around the water’s edge. As a UNESCO heritage site, this small little fishing town maintains it’s historic feel and accommodates it’s guests with a wide variety of gastronomic pleasures. While it is only an hour and a half ferry ride away from Buenos Aires, Colonia offers a trip back in time and is a fantastic way to re-charge your batteries while watching the sun fall west over the sailor’s wind fueled orchestras.
No, this isn’t the famous beach in Brazil, but a small little lake-side town in Bolivia. Tucked away on the world’s highest lake- Titicaca, this vibrant town is the perfect little place to dive into tradition. This side of the lake offers you easy access to the more visited Inca sites such as Isla del Sol, but has a calmer tourism buzz than the Peruvian Puno next door. Enjoy the freshest fish in the local markets, read a book overlooking the legendary water or go for a hike to practice your photography skills. Copacabana is an underrated destination that most people rush through only to catch a bus. The secret to getting to know the culture of course, is to stay longer and immerse. We can’t think of a better place to take care of your energies and get culturally acquainted.
El Chalten, Argentina
Most people will run down into the more popular hiking grounds of Chile’s Patagonia. We are not taking away from the beautiful nature that Chile offers, but in recent years booking accommodation has become far more difficult and prices have slowly began to creep up. Although El Chalten is a town that is growing quickly, the vibe still carries a very small town community feel. Of all the hiking that we have done, these free and varied trails offer some of the best views of nature. Sipping on a nice craft beer after splashing under the waterfalls or camping close to a glacier, has never tasted so good.
We look forward to sharing more of our favorite places and tips for South America so please don’t hesitate to ask. For us, we value building relationships with the local people so that we can offer our customers the best quality experiences.
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