Explore North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean

South, impression There is an abundance of natural wonders in all countries of the Caribbean and the Americas, as well as incredibly diverse cultures and lifestyles throughout. The Caribbean is a series of islands from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico, each of which has a unique culture, lifestyle, and language left from the early inhabitants who originated from France, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa; but the famous Caribbean relaxed vibe is common to all. Central America, rich in both natural beauty and history, is the land mass that links North America to South America.

History buffs will love to study the ruins of ancient peoples including the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec, while more adventurous types will enjoy the tropical forests of Costa Rica. The historic Panama Canal is intriguing for its impressive effect on world commerce. Traveling through North and South America will take you through breathtaking natural beauty as well as unique man-made attractions. Heading North to Canada, you can explore Quebec City to feel its French ambiance, or the Viking colony L’Anse aux Meadows, which dates back to the 11th century.

In the U.S., stops along the east coast will take you to vibrant American cities, or sail along the west coast to see the stunning glaciers in Alaska.

Go Further South

Continuing southward, travelers will encounter mysterious ruins, a wide variety of cultures and peoples, and music we all know and love.

A trip south to Brazil will give city lovers the option to visit Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches and vibrant nightlife, or nature buffs the opportunity to see the rain forests along the Amazon. Visit South America’s west coast with a stop in Chile, with its jagged massifs and beautiful fjords as well as the vibrant, colorful hillside community of Valparaiso. See a dramatic live Tango show in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.

See the whiteness of the cold, icy landscape in Antarctica.

International Getaways Just Around the Corner

Maybe you assume you cannot go international for a long weekend trip. Not true. It’s really fairly easy to find an exotic weekend getaway doable in three days.

Below are spots great for an epic long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada after Toronto and is a beautiful city full of old-world charm.

Visitors always enjoy the beautiful Vieux Montreal neighborhood with its interesting boutiques and inviting cafes and restaurants. When the weather is nice, head to the enormous Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided tour, or relaxing bike ride.

The park also offers snowshoeing, ice skating and a lot more every winter.


Bermuda is a terrific destination for travelers from the US, as it is just a two-hour flight from many cities and offers gorgeous beaches where you can enjoy the sand and the sun. In addition to the spectacular beaches, Bermuda is a great place to stroll around exploring its picturesque cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history. If you’re daring, you can also ride a jet ski into the Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

If you’re dreaming of sun and sand, you might want to go south to the beautiful beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Anyone looking for some exciting night life should try Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja California, with its fun bars and clubs, top-notch restaurant scene, and splendid luxury resorts. Adventurers and water sports aficionados will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its dazzling blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and impressive rock formations.

Costa Rica

In Central America, Costa Rica is fairly easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is well-known for its beautiful tropical rain forest and jungles. It features an incredible 800 miles of breathtaking coastal areas complete with very beautiful beaches.

The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; experience a stimulating zip-line ride; and bathe in the volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia
Like other destinations on the Caribbean Sea, lovely Cartagena has long stretches of beach with white powdery sand, warm water that is a dazzling shade of blue, and beautiful coral reefs.

The charming old walled city takes you back in time to the Spanish colonial era with its typical architecture and remarkable 500-year-old fortress built of coral.

Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is a contemporary, cosmopolitan center ideal for city lovers.

It is an unusual melting pot of diversity, with more than half of the current populace not native. Be sure to plan a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to really grasp what Toronto is all about.

Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, unwinding on the beach with a cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway right for you. Whatever you desire – love, adventure, culinary delights, history – can be yours.

Take a Hike: The Planet's Best Hikes

America graphic The best walkabouts are not only about the actual walk but instead they involve the historic and culture of the destination. Still, these adventures are not as effortless they sound. They will test you physically and engage you mentally, leaving you with an indelible impression of the richness of our earth.

Here, we have listed 8 best treks.

Peru's Inca Trail - 26.7 miles - 4 days
Memorable moments are bountiful on the Inca Trail, but none can compete with the time you go through the Sun Gate and first see the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Best time to go: May to September

Lost City of Colombia- 27 miles - 5 days
Voyage through the lavish jungle across steams before arriving at the ruins of Teyuna. Make this your primary stop and you will be alone in the Lost City. The best months to go are December to March.
Everest Base Camp in Nepal - 13 days and 38.5 miles

The hike will connect you more to the people of the Himalayas while realizing an opening to the top of the world. After viewing Everest, you will never look at our planet in the same manner.

It is best to go from August to November.

Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles | 8 days
At 5,895m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest apex. It’s not easy, but unlike other great peaks, it allows those bold enough to overcome its many routes to the top. It is best to go from September to March.

Europe's Mont Blanc - 8 days and 77.7 miles
The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than a hundred miles and takes you through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France.

The ideal months to go are June to September.

Patagonia's Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles and 10 days
Recognized for its natural beauty, you will be exposed to spectacular volcanic terrains, extraordinary glaciers and expansive flatlands expanding to the horizon.

The best time to go is from December to March.

Venezuela's Mt Roirama - 21.1 miles in 6 days

The splendid mountain of Roraima is almost holy to the area’s natives and may have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to pen the novel, "The Lost World."

Central art When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.

Spain: The Camino de Santiago - 466 miles in 30 days

The widely known Camino de Santiago, also referred to as the St. James Trail, was a significant Christian journey during the Middle Ages, and remains a celebrated spiritual journey to this day. The trail can be traveled any month of the year but the optimal time is between spring and autumn, however it will be very congested.

The Diversity of Africa

When you sail along the coast of Africa you will follow the same journey taken by early explorers from nations including England, The Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal. From ancient tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a diversity of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius. Witness the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa’s lush green mountainous terrain.

Off the coast of Tanzania you'll find the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also nicknamed “Spice Island”, a place well-known for its abundance of precious spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Cruise the Mediterranean

What we refer to as our current civilization – from science and democracy to art and culinary traditions – are typically credited to the culture-rich shores of Southern Europe. The “Old World” is in fact a region rich in history. You will not want to leave once you've enjoyed the charm of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece. Ancient Rome is still evident in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the spectacular St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see.

Fans of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s extraordinary work.

Some of the world’s top wines can be savored in Italy’s Chianti region, France’s Provence, or the city of Port in Portugal. In Croatia, passengers can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

The Best Tour for You

Your bucket list may be chock-a-block with stimulating escapades from hiking Peru’s Inca Trail, surfing the waves in Costa Rica, to horseback riding through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or running with the bulls in Pamplona. Try a few of the other adventure tours out there such as an invigorating ride along the French Riviera in a Ferrari F430 F1 or an unforgettable flight on an Air Combat mission, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego. If any of these adrenaline-charged escapades speak to the daredevil in you, make sure they are part of your next vacation.

Exploring the World’s National Parks

Regardless of the country, there is a National Parks tour that will take you to many of the great wonders of the world. Here are some of the greatest national parks on earth.

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The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is the earliest national park in Ecuador and one of the most frequented UNESCO World heritage sites. The giant tortoises and small penguins that move around the islands are an incredible sight to see.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, the magnificent Incan stronghold high in the Andean Mountains, is one of the most important archaeological sites worldwide. The power and achievement of the Incan Empire is plainly evident at this spectacular site.


In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt declared Yellowstone “absolutely unique in the world” upon seeing the magnificent geological formations and considerable wildlife found there. He considered national parks to be the best way to conserve nature and turn them into a common social asset to benefit all generations to follow.

Serengeti National Park

Across the ocean you will come across the celebrated Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kruger National Park in South Africa, both famed for their wildlife and fauna. There you will not solely experience landscapes you could never have envisioned, but you will also be very close to the countless predators which roam in the dark.

The Great Barrier Reef

Whether viewed from under the sea or high in the air, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the seacoast of Australia is the world's biggest coral reef system and is worthy of a spot on any traveler's bucket list.

Fiordland National Park
Norway’s spectacular fjords don’t compare with those seen in nearby Fiordland National Park in New Zealand.

Special Interest Tours Galore

The volume of specialty tours on the market continue to be on the rise. Today, there are all types of specialty tours on offer to satisfy anyone with a special interest.

For the Wine Lover in all of Us

No matter where you are on the wine connoisseur spectrum, there's a spot for you in wine country. Wine tasting tours are especially planned for people who enjoy wine and all its intricacies. Napa Valley, the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or the wine-making regions in France such as Bordeaux or Champagne are just a few of the best wine-tasting locations around.

For the Food Lover

There are countless hot spots for foodies who want tickle their taste buds. Even the most knowledgeable gourmand will learn something on a culinary tour because they will not only get a taste of local ingredients and artisan products, they’ll also gain an understanding of how history and culture influenced the advancement of the local cuisine.

Central photograph On some of the top-notch tours, you might even meet a star chef or get lessons from a Michelin-starred maestro.

Calling All Yoga Lovers!
Yoga tours are an additional kind of specialty travel found on the market.

Breathing techniques and meditation help to bolster and harmonize the body and mind according to this ancient practice.

Stylish and charming destinations where you can really let go and relax are perfect for these types of tours.

For All the Nature Lovers Out There
There is great appeal in visiting virgin terrains, however, the central aim of eco-tours is to leave minimal human traces on fragile, pure, and relatively undisturbed natural areas. Visiting protected natural areas is just one feature of eco-tourism, the other is to provide nature-lovers with an understanding of how vital it is to protect the natural resources we have

These tours are not merely about exploring unspoiled natural terrains, but also about learning how to improve the lives of local denizens as well as the importance of conservation.

Strictly for Women

Another trending type of vacation is woman only tours.

Woman traveling solo want to experience the world in a safe environment where they can also meet other like-minded women.

A women’s only tour is a fantastic way to meet other like-minded vacationers and share experiences like getting on a wave runner on the Adriatic, exploring St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, or taking in the sights and sounds of New York.

For Spiritual Seekers Only
Where can you travel to renew your faith and reflect upon centuries of religious history?

On faith- based tours you’ll be helped by people who are on the same voyage to connect with their spiritual self and recommit to their beliefs. Rest knowing that each tour provides the right mix of R & R.

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