This week on BootsnAll we’re focusing on South America–from the Amazon to incredible National Parks, to vineyards, there’s something for everyone in this part of the world.
Jenn Miller shares why she thinks the Peruvian Amazon warrants more time on your itinerary for Peru, Simone Cannon de Bastardo takes us on a tour of the amazing national parks in South America, Eileen Smith gives us her advice on where to go in South America for wine and what varietals to taste, and finally Kristen Kuchar has tips on how to eat vegan on the road.
Jenn Miller’s spent two-weeks exploring the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. She’s seen parrots licking clay, searched for ironwood tree seeds, and spotted caimans. You could do it all in two days, but she thinks you should take as much time as you can and slow down. Here’s why.
“Sure, hustling through the parrot clay lick in the early morning, caiman spotting at night, days packed with long hikes to fish for piraña and spot giant otters on the lakes, and kaleidoscope clouds of butterflies above the river banks would have taken my breath away in exactly the same way. I would have seen the Amazon.
Seeing, however, might not be enough…”
Most people have heard of the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu or Torres del Paine, but did you know that South America has over 300 more spectacular national parks and nature reserves? Simone Cannon de Bastardo takes you on a tour of some of the best.
“Located in the stunningly beautiful lake district of southern Chile, Vicente Pérez Rosales Park is one link in a chain of national parks and protected areas (including Chile’s Puyehue National Park and Argentina’s Nahuel Huapi National Park and Lanín National Park) which covers 5,800 square miles and is almost entirely situated in the Andes Mountains. One of the most spectacular sites of the park is the almost perfectly symmetrical snow-capped cone of Osorno, the active 8,700-foot volcano which towers over the Todos los Santos (All Saints) and Llanquihue lakes at the western entrance.”
Most people know Argentina and Chile as South American wine destinations, but there are so many more great spots to plan a wine vacation in the region. Eileen Smith explains where to look and what to taste throughout the continent.
“Outside of the well-known wine-producing countries of France, Italy and Spain, a quiet wine revolution is taking place in the southern cone. Down in South America, winemakers have been using European stock since the Jesuits arrived in the new world, to produce wines that are uncorked, poured, swirled, tasted, drunk, exported and lauded all over the planet.”
Kristen Kuchar shares her best 10 tips on how to make eating vegan on your travels (wherever you go) easier. She’s even included a list of airlines that offer vegan meals in-flight.
Don’t rule out non-vegan restaurants. Even if a restaurant doesn’t boost a wide vegan selection, call or e-mail them to inquire about how they accommodate vegans. You’d be surprised how many dishes can easily be made vegan by simply omitting or swapping a few ingredients. The chef may also be happy to make you a special meal.”