The throat of the Devil is the most absorbent natural place I witnessed in my life
My three trips -to date- of more than 6 months have always had a geographical area as a common denominator: South America. In fact, I dedicated one of them only and exclusively to tour 7 of the South American countries.
I fell in love with this area of the World when I spent more than two months in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. It was my first trip around the World, back in 2004, and when I got on the plane that would return me to Spain from Santiago, Chile, I knew I was going to return. In 2009 and 2011 I returned to these Latin lands.
I leave here some of the reasons that lead me to travel to South America and again:
1. The language.
With good Uruguayan friends in La Paloma, summer area near Montevideo
Speak the same language that the people of a place always ends up opening more doors. Meet people in cities and towns that can take you to less touristy places or simply tell you stories about the place, tell you where you eat a good typical dish of the area or give you directions if you are lost.
You can use the language of El Quijote in most of South America. Only in Suriname, the Guyanas and Brazil the Spanish is not spoken, although in the latter you can almost manage with a little portunhol.
2. The force of nature.
South America is one of the most beautiful and varied natural areas in the World.
The biological diversity of the Amazon jungle; the incredible glaciers of the South; the rugged mountains of the Andes; the desolate landscape of Patagonia; the deserts -like that of Atacama, in Chile-; the largest salt lake in the World (that of Uyuni, whose major part is in Bolivia); the fantastic beaches that shape the waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific.
The Devil's Throat in Iguazu