Mexico

From the vivid wall paintings at Bonampak to the mighty temples of Chichén Itzá, and from the bizarre Olmec heads in Veracruz to the heart of jungle-swathed Palenque, the sheer variety of archaeological sites in Mexico is astounding. Add to this the brilliance of the Caribbean Sea, huge canyons and dense jungles and you have…

Costa Rica

Peaceful, calm and 100% democratic… ah, that’ll be Costa Rica. Coast to coast, it’s so rich in wildlife – more than 25% of Costa Rica is protected in national parks and reserves – that you’d think ticos had a monopoly on nature. Quetzals flit through the moss-draped cloud forest, hummingbirds congregate to drink nectar, monkeys…

Cuba

Everybody’s image of Cuba is different. For some, it’s an idealised tropical paradise – scenes of palm trees swaying alongside endless dazzling white beaches and a turquoise sea. Others remember its past decadence: stories of Hemingway and Greene, cheap rum, gambling, wild dances and cigars being rolled on the thighs of dusky maidens. Only the…

Chile

Chile is a ribbon of land squashed between the Pacific and the Andes. Its landscape embraces glacial wilderness and moonscapes, lakes and volcanoes, beaches, salt flats, and the burnt colours of the desert. In one day it is possible to scale a mountain with ice axe and crampons, soak off the exhaustion in a thermal…

Bolivia

In Bolivia you learn to expect the unexpected. This is where flamingos feed from red and green lakes rimmed by volcanoes, where Dali-esque rock structures dot the Altiplano like a baby giant’s building blocks, and where waterfalls crash down on vehicles on one of the most dangerous roads in the world. With close to a…

Belize

Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, nestles on the coast between Mexico and Guatemala. Within this small country the landscape varies incredibly, from mountainous, tropical rainforests with abundant wildlife, to fertile subtropical foothills where sugar, rice, cattle and fruit trees are cultivated, to bird-filled coastal wetlands and cayes with beautiful beaches. The coral and cayes…

Argentina

Argentina’s contrasts never cease to amaze. One day you’re on a boat rushing towards spectacular waterfalls through subtropical rainforest as electric blue butterflies flutter through the spray. Next thing you know, you’re walking across the sculpted surface of a vast glacier. Argentina’s extraordinary natural wonders are largely untouched. The mighty Andes form the country’s spine,…

Antarctica

South America is the most popular gateway to Antarctica, the last great wilderness in the world. Cold, wind-beaten and desolate, the continent boasts the lowest temperature ever recorded, at -90°C, yet for many it is the most beautiful place on the planet. The coastline is teeming with rare wildlife; gigantic icebergs and vast mountain ranges…