If you are stuck for holiday ideas this year, why not consider something different that can really open your eyes to the world. Traditionally, people tend to stick to what they know by visiting destinations that include the typical sun, sea and sand setting. However, this can get repetitive and chances are you aren’t experiencing the different cultures and traditions that the world has to offer.
South America is just one of the many locations around the world that has so much more to offer than just beaches and bars. The Amazon rainforest is one of the top tourist destinations on the continent and will more than likely leave you breathless and speechless.
The rainforest covers a staggering 1.2 billion acres and is spread across Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Bearing this in mind, it is virtually impossible to see the whole of the rainforest in one holiday. For this reason many people choose to go on package holidays that incorporate a tour of part of the Amazon or go on excursions to the rainforest.
A journey to the Amazon comes highly recommended as you will encounter species you never knew existed, scenery that is so beautiful it doesn’t seem real and wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. This is definitely an expedition that requires a camera and plenty of film.
There is more to South America than just the Amazon rainforest and the city of Quito does an excellent job of proving this. The capital city of Ecuador is the second highest capital city in the world and is only a mere 15 miles from the equator. These things provide interesting talking points and mean that there is lots to do around the area.
One of the many attractions in Quito, Ecuador is a monument and museum which marks the location of the equator. Appropriately named la mitad del mundo, which means the middle of the world, this attraction marks the point where it was originally thought that the equator runs through. It wasn’t until recent GPS technology that it was discovered that the monument is actually 240 metres south of the equator.
From the Amazon rainforest to Ecuador there is plenty to see and do in South America. Regardless of how old you are or what interests you this is bound to be an experience that you will never forget.
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