Life under lockdown has left most of us stuck indoors with a lot of time on our hands. Travel plans are on hold and we’re all in need of a change of scenery, and now you can! Get ready to be transported to South America for a 360-degree adventure…
It’s hard not to fall in love with South America and all it has to offer – mysterious history, an abundance of wildlife, vibrant cities, dense jungles, rugged mountains – its diversity of offerings means there is something for everyone.
South America: for culture seekers
Machu Picchu, Peru
Venture to Peru and visit the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Let yourself be guided around the entire site (which is usually closed to the public) with the help of your friendly narrator. Stop at each of the vantage points, without any tourists blocking your view!
Chichen Itza, Mexico
At the heart of Chichen Itza is Mexico’s famous Temple of Kukulcan, known as el Castillo. This stepped pyramid reveals the remarkable accuracy and understanding of the Maya’s astronomical skills, which were so progressive they could predict solar eclipses.
There’s more to the temple than would appear on first look. Each of the four sides of the temple have 91 steps, totalling to 364, the top platform makes the 365th. This is no coincidence, the Maya’s were the first to create the 365 day calendar that we use today.
Amazingly, twice a year on the autumn and spring equinoxes, a serpent shaped shadow falls on El Castillo. As the sun sets the snake-shaped shadow slopes down the steps to meet a stone serpent head at the foot of the pyramid.
Stroll around El Castillo, take a ride in a helipcopter for a birdeseye view of Chichen Itza’s temples, or learn more about the captivating history of the Mayans on this fascinating tour.
South America: for nature lovers
The Galápagos Islands
The archipelago of Ecuadorian volcanic islands that form the Galapagos lie approximately 1000km west of the South American coast. The islands are considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing, with only a handful being inhabited by humans.
The islands have unique climate conditions creating a breeding ground for some of the world’s most fascinating modern ecology; the islands straddle the equator, making the climate temperate, whilst the water temperatures and tides vary due to the convergence of five different currents from both the Antarctic and Pacific ocean.
Watch sharks and whales swimming through the shallows, catch a glimpse of an other-worldly marine iguana or admire sea lions basking in the sand. Test out your bird-watching knowledge as you look out for Darwin’s finches and Blue footed booby birds.
The Google experience gives you the opportunity to tour the islands and allows you to get closer to the Galapagos residents than ever before.
Canopy Lodge, Panama
Expand your repetoire of birdsong and tropical species when you visit Canopy Lodge, nested in the jungle of Panama. This eco-lodge is a favourite for birdwatching enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike.
See if you can spot macaw and great jacamar and keep a special eye out for a juveline Red Crowned wood pecker which has been caught causing antics on the Panema Fruit. With over 24 live webcams to choose from, the possibilities are endless.
Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
Discovered by Christopher Columbus, and protected since 1996, Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen is one of the healthiest and most pristine reefs in the world.
Dive beneath the sparkling waters and you’ll find a vibrant coral reef, vast clouds of schooling fish, Caribbean reef sharks, stingrays and turtles, amongst many.
South America: for adventure seekers
Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
It’s understandable why Iguazu Falls was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; boasting over 250 cascading drops and panning nearly 3km across the borders or Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls makes up the largest waterfall in the world.
Many question which country is better for exploring and observing the falls, but with this Virtual Tour you can enjoy the best of both worlds (or countries in this case!). Take in the views from one of the viewing platforms, stare down the sheer drop of the Devil’s throat, or stand amongst the clouds of mist and rainbows.
With incredibly diverse and dramatic landscapes around every corner, Chile is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the moon-like ‘Valle de Lune’ followed by the rust-coloured Atacama Desert. Experience the mystery of Easter Island and the witness the limitless skyline of the Atacama salt flat. And it doesn’t stop there, you can visit energetic, cosmopolitan Santiago too.
Take a tour using your mobile or connect your VR headset for a truly immersive experience.