South America is not just for backpackers (Part 2)
by Katherine Garces
Founder and Chief Journey Specialist
In the second instalment on our ‘South America is not just for backpackers’ we look at even more ways stylish travellers can indulge and experience the continent in absolute comfort.
Incredible expedition style cruising
Cruisers can rejoice as there are plenty of luxury options throughout the continent and particularly in smaller expedition style vessels. Cruising is recommended to access a greater variety of islands around the Galapagos islands, whilst in Patagonia vessels like the Skorpios navigate the Chilean fjords whilst others like the Australis Crusies sail down through the bottom tip of Cape Horn for an extended luxury adventure of this region. And where once it was only possible to stay in rustic ecolodges to explore the vast Amazon rainforest and rivers, five star cruises such as the Aqua and Delfin have raised the standard with spacious, lofty cabins and gourmet food to complement an unforgettable exploration.
Luxury Train experiences
You can mimick the classic style and grandeur of European and African luxury rail escapes buy upgrading their experience to include the Hiram Bingham or Andean Explorer trains in Peru. Whilst only for day trips, both luxury options are conducted in 1920 style Pullman with luxe carriages The Hiram Bingham is an elegant way to travel to and from Machu Picchu and Cuzco whilst the Andean Explorer offers an observation for appreciating the landscapes for the journey between Cuzco and Puno (on the shores of Lake Tiiticaca.
Some slightly less glamourous but still unique train trips include the Devil’s Nose train through the Avenue of the Volcanoes in Ecuador and even the new option from Quito to Guayaquil, the Tren Crucero in Ecuador. You can ride along the heavens in the impressively high Train to the Clouds in Salta Argentina and even the Train at the End of World in Ushuaia is at least worth a day trip.
Leading gastronomy scene
There’s far more on the menu throughout South America than the customary alpaca and guinea pig dishes that seem to fascinate tourists. Lima is a hive of gastronomic acclaim with seafood, fusion and Creole influences whilst cosmopolitan cities Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires offer a variety of gourmet quality dining options sure to appease any serious foodie.
Do you still believe that South America is just for backpackers or would you consider one of these five star experiences of the continent?
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