Traveler Testimonial: Age is just a number for these adventurers
Age is just a number for Heather and Alex J., an adventurous couple in their sixties who explored South America for six weeks. With the help of the Latin America For Less team, the couple planned an action-packed trip through Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and wrapped up their self-described “overwhelmingly wonderful experience” in Brazil. Lucky for us, Heather sent pictures and shared the highlights of their trip so that we can follow along in their transcontinental journey to see the continent’s natural wonders and dive into unique cultural experiences.
A transcontinental trip of a lifetime
“My husband and I recently returned from our six week tour around South America. We have since had several days to reflect on the overwhelmingly wonderful experience and joke that we’re now ready to apply for a spot on the Amazing Race.
We started the planning process by searching the top 25 things to see in South America and then contacted Latin America For Less to help us put together our trip.
We arrived in Lima, Peru and traveled down the country’s west coast, visiting Machu Picchu, Cusco, Nazca and Puno. Every single guide was remarkable, but Fabricio at Machu Picchu was outstanding. Private or small group tours are far more valuable- thank you for upgrading us! The train ride from Cusco to Puno was fantastic and very first class. In Puno we visited several communities on Lake Titicaca, including the inhabitants of the floating reed islands.
What shapes did Heather and Alex J. see on their flight over the Nazca Lines?
In Bolivia we took a two and a half day journey across the Uyuni Salt Flats, which is one of the ten natural wonders of the world. There are no roads, gas stations or restaurants along the way, so travelers should make sure they’re prepared. As an aside, the women in Bolivia look exactly like the pictures in National Geographic, with their bowler hats and colorful full skirts. They were too cute!!
From Bolivia we crossed into the much more modern society of Chile. Our time in Chile was very short and we only spent half a day in San Pedro de Atacama. We would have liked to spend more time there and then a day in Santiago.
We then traveled to Patagonia and took a four day cruise through the Straits of Magellan, which is an adventure that shouldn’t be missed. Everyday we loaded onto zodiacs and participated in some kind of on-shore adventure. The glaciers of Patagonia are another natural wonder of the world.
Off the boat and into Argentina, we first traveled south to Ushuaia. Then we went to Buenos Aires, which is known as the Paris of South America and for its beautiful architecture. I generally recommend private tours, but the group city tour we took in Buenos Aires was good.
Next we stayed at a working gaucho ranch in Argentina. We thoroughly enjoyed the horseback riding, BBQs, entertainment and company of the other guests. Although my husband expressed a hatred of horses before we began, he enjoyed the entire experience as much as I did.
Then we visited the wineries of Mendoza in Argentina and drank too much wine. Following some down time, we went on what we thought was a trekking adventure, only to have it turn into a repel adventure from a 130 foot rock face. We would never have signed up for this, but it was one of the most exhilarating highlights from our trip!
Alex soaks up the beauty of Iguazu Falls.
Iguazu Falls was the last place we visited in Argentina. It was amazing and the third natural wonder of the world that South America offered us! To make life even more exciting we rode the boat into the falls that delivered in the thrills department.
Brazil was the last country we visited. We absolutely loved Rio, saw all the tourist attractions and I also tried hang gliding on the beach at Ipanema. From Rio we flew to Manaus and spent three days in a jungle lodge. It was hot and we did encounter three frogs in our toilet, but we learned a lot about the jungle and witnessed first hand where the Rio Negro and the Amazon rivers converge: there is actually a visible line where the two rivers meet!
Heather felt very welcome in Brazil.
All photos courtesy of Heather and Alex J.
We are in our sixties and choose to be picked up at airports by guides and drivers and wanted to stay in upscale hotels. These pick up and drop offs that Latin America For Less organized were seamless. Crossing borders was very efficient and easy with the help of our knowledgeable, extremely friendly and very accommodating guides.
Every stitch of clothing we owned was dirty by the end of our six week tour of South America, but we had the time of our lives and were reluctant to go to the airport for our return flight home.
Our travel advisor, Rylee, was very attentive to our every need and she got back to us quickly whenever we had a question and helped us solve any and all of our problems.
Thank you for our trip of a lifetime!
Heather and Alex J.”
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