‘It feels like I’m not supposed to be here’: my first thought as the Galapagos Islands appeared through the aeroplane window.
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Rio de Janeiro. The mere mention of the place brings forth vivid images of carnivals, bikini and bather-clad beauties, bombastic beaches and technicolour cocktails. It’s a destination in and of itself, where one could spend weeks or months before leaving and still not really get the full story.
New Year’s resolutions are like making plans to catch up with an old acquaintance. You bump into them on NYE, smile with too many teeth and say, ‘Oh my god, we should totally do coffee soon. How have we let it get this long? We’ll text. Ciao!’ Then weeks go by and that resolution just sits there gathering dust, rather like those dumbbells you bought two Januaries ago. But Intrepid is here to help. We reckon most resolutions just need a little spice, a twist of lemon or a dollop of chimichurri – and we’ve got just the continent for the job: South America.
South America is a beautiful destination, candid and colourful, but many South American countries are still working towards economic stability and equality. Drained by conflicts over the last few hundred years, these countries struggle to establish basic standards of living for their citizens. And even in the more prosperous areas there will be those that slip through the cracks, like in the favelas of Rio or shantytowns of Peru.
If you could trace a beaten track through South America, there’s a good chance you won’t find the wilds of Chile anywhere near it. While most holiday makers are soaking up the sun on Ipanema or floating up the Amazon basin avoiding piranhas, this gorgeous country remains a bit of a hidden gem – an unspoiled strip of land running in a thin line along the spine of the Andes.