In about 5 weeks time I am heading to Central America (Mexico) and over the next 4-5 months making my way down to Brazil, hoping to be in Rio for
around the World Cup final (Not that I have even the remotest interest in football lol).
I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for either sites to visit or activities to take part in - Off the beaten track (exploring) or in sight of
the tourist traps, I don't mind - Any personal experiences are welcome and all the better for it really.
One of the big draws or focus for this trip is history, namely civilizations in the Yucatan and of course those found in Peru, so below is a quick
idea of the trip ahead. Mainly pointing out the Maya/ Inca sites of interest, all be it I have tons of other side stuff planned which I haven't really
mentioned here at all.
Starting in Cancun, I plan to snake my way through the known and lesser known sites found dotted along the peninsular, from Tulum and Chichen Itza, to
Mayapan, Calakmul, and of course Palenque.
I'm hoping to cross the border into Guatemala near the 'sister' sites of Palenque; Bonampak and Yaxchilan before making my way North to Tikal.
Next, into Belize and the sites dotted near the border crossing, such as Caracol (Heading North is a possibility time permitted, all be it there is
only 1 site of real interest to me, Lamanai) before re-entering Guat. at its southern coastal border. From here, ill make my way to Guatemala city.
At this point I'm a little unsure of the a distinct route (none of it is defined tbh), but the most likely is to head back East and cross the Honduran
border near the site of Copan.
Fast forward a little, Honduras > Nicaragua > Costa Rica > Panama > Columbia > Ecuador - All amazing countries for which much is planned, all be it,
limited historical sites of that period.
Enter Peru from the North, maybe the Pan Am highway, maybe one of the more Eastern towns, unsure yet. Zigzagging my way from the Chachapoyan ruins of
Kuelap to the incredible and vast ruins of Chan Chan in Trujillo, before eventually arriving in Lima and then onto the fabled Cusco.
Here, the vast ruins of the Inca empire as well as the pre-inca sites for which little is known (the highlight of the trip I hope :')).
Im intending to spend atleast 2-3 weeks of the trip in around Cusco, the sacred valley and the Choquequirao National Park.
From Cusco ill cross the border into Bolivia and visit the sites of Pumu Punko and Tiwanaku, before catching a connecting flight from La Paz to
Santiago and onto Easter Island, the last site of significance on this trip.
From Santiago ill either fly to Buenos Aires and head north to Iguacu Falls (been to both before) or just straight to Rio.
So as mentioned already, I don't have a particular set itinerary or indeed a timetable other than meeting the return flight home in time, so I am very
open to suggestions.
I plan to take as many photos and video as possible, so that's already covered, and I will try to upload everything somewhere for all
Thanks in advance and any further questions/ requests (legal haha) welcome.
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