South America Travel
Some news still passes us by.
We might live in an ever-more connected world, but some news still seems to pass us by. And given this year’s wall-to-wall
The merest thought of returning the way I have come makes me sweat and twitch. It offers no new adventure and promises no surprises. My South American travel companions Mick and Darren learnt the hard way that I would do just about anything to avoid it.
Although England were kicked out disappointingly early, many of us have still been following the World Cup, which has dominated our television screens for the past month. While travel interest to Brazil increased by 387% during the past month, searches were only up by 6% outside the World Cup period.
Admit it: football pitches all look the same, whether you're at Anfield or in the Amazon. And we've seen that backdrop of Copacabana Beach behind Gary Lineker umpteen times now. But while the World Cup might be giving us a blinkered view of Brazil, a well-planned family holiday to this huge country will open your eyes to an extraordinary range of natural wonders...
Bolivia is big on "The Gringo Trail" with back packers wanting the adrenaline rush of cycling down the world's most dangerous road along with the surreal experience of a tour through the salt flats of Uyuni. However, for the older more sophisticated traveller (I'm including myself here) it's also possible to discover Bolivia's more cultural side along with a taste of adventure.
I spent 19 years crisscrossing the globe with the world's leading travel broadcaster, Travel Channel International. I visited over 80 countries. But amazingly, apart from a brief stint in Ecuador, I seem to have missed out the whole of South America.