Since traveling is on hold during this difficult time, many of us are getting our travel solution by looking for inspiration for special trips to plan one year after the 2021 crisis. As lovers of great adventures, we understand that the best thing to do on one trip is to at least plan the next one! Isolated accommodations in Latin America are quickly overcrowded (up to a year in advance) and these long-distance trips always require a little more foresight. At Humboldt, we have compiled a list of our favorite “great adventures” in Latin America, which we believe we can plan for 2021.

Exploring the “End of the World”

There is something so wild and effortlessly romantic about the icy slopes of Patagonia and the windy steppes. Whether you are a nature lover looking for an elusive cougar in the wild, or an avid hiker looking to enjoy some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world, Patagonia’s spectacular landscapes and the warm charm of its people are unique. The highlights of Chile and the southern tip of Argentina are the steel-gray peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy in El Calafate and El Chalk in Argentina, as well as the icy fjords of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of the continent. The luxury hotels here are usually secluded and relatively small, which means that for Patagonia’s limited “season” (October-April), the most sought-after properties such as Awasi, Tierra and Explora can be booked up to a year before the dates of travel.

Our advice would be to start your trip to Chile. If you survive the 15-hour flight from the UK to Santiago and come to the finish line first, your return trip will be a little shorter. Spend some time in the capital, if you want, then go to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in the province of Magallanes on the southern tip of Chile. From there, you will spend at least three nights exploring the magical Torres del Paine National Park before returning to the port to board the Australis cruise to Ushuaia, Argentina. This 4-day trip aboard one of two elegant sister ships (Stella or Ventus Australis) will take you on a whimsical journey through the glacial peaks of Chile’s far south and the frozen fjords that cut through the landmass of Tierra del Fuego before arriving in Ushuaia – the “city at the end of the world”. Spend a few nights here with a view of the Beagle Channel before hiking north for a few days to El Calafate and El Chalet7 – two of Argentina’s hot spots for breathtaking mountain hikes. End your adventure with a night or two in Buenos Aires and enjoy a good steak and plonk before heading home.

Discover the Mayan world

The green jungle, the exotic flora and fauna, the flourishing indigenous cultures and the enigmatic pyramids of the ancient Maya and their predecessors: the lands that make up the “Mayan world” are extremely enchanting. The Mayan world consists of Guatemala, Belize and the southern states of Mexico and includes some of the most remarkable landscapes of Central America, as well as iconic archaeological sites such as Chichen Itz, Tikal and Caracol. In addition to the impressive Mesoamerican heritage of these fascinating countries, this region is home to seductive Spanish colonial Baroque architecture in the well-preserved cities of the 16th and 17th centuries, experience the vibrancy of Mexican cuisine between historical tours of Yucatán, relax on a sun lounger with a magnificent view of volcanoes on Lake Atitl in Guatemala and find time to snorkel on the second largest barrier reef in the world between jungle tours to lost Mayan cities in the busy Belize.

Start your journey in Mexico – direct flights from the UK to Cancun start regularly – and embark on a journey through the many highlights of the region. We recommend that you make a special effort to get up very early and enjoy a private tour of Chichen Itz before the park is open to the public, which we can arrange. Explore the underground sinkholes of the Cenote, where the ancient Maya believed they could enter the underworld, and Walk through the cobbled colonial streets of Valladolid, m Elimrida and Izamal. Fly directly from Canc7n to Guatemala City and take the time to visit Antigua, Lake Atitl9n and the majestic ruins of Tikal, one of the largest Mayan cities ever discovered, although up to 80% of the settlement is still buried in the surrounding jungle. Finally, cross the border into Belize’s diverse Cayo district, where you can start your adventure, go hiking, horseback riding and caving. before you finish your trip on the powdery white sandy beaches of the sapphire Caribbean islands of Belize.

Travel to Antarctica

Wild, untouched and uninhabited, with the exception of a few rare scientific research institutions, a trip to the “White Continent” of Antarctica is on many travel lists. The last great desert on Earth, a luxury trip here will allow you to get an unforgettable view of some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Ice fields as big as entire cities, rugged polar mountains and incredibly large penguin colonies are just some of the attractions that you can expect here. Nature lovers will be delighted by sightings of various species of cetacean (orca, humpback, sapphire, Southern right – to name a few), sea leopards, penguins and giant polar seabirds. With bookings for the best cruises being made an average of 18 months to 2 years in advance, there’s never a better time than now to secure your spot on the trip of a lifetime.

While there are a variety of excellent luxury cruise options to maximize your Antarctic experience, your travel expert can guide you to the ones that are right for you. For those looking for the top end of the traditional luxury cruise, Silversea is unbeatable, whose excellent all-suite ships offer butler service for all passengers and a variety of excellent restaurants. Those who are rather intrepid explorers revel in the variety of unusual activities offered by the small cruise line Aurora Expeditions. A trip with the brand new Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle offers travelers a unique opportunity for skiing, kayaking, camping, snowshoeing and even snorkeling / diving in the polar regions. Passengers unsure about the prospect of the two-day crossing of the infamous Drake Passage should opt for a luxury cruise and skip the crossing altogether. There is a perfect fit for all requirements, and it’s never too early to book.