From ancient cities to coastal islands, to epic waterfalls and awe-inspiring mountains, here is our bucket list for our adventures in North America, Central America, and South America.
1. Mexico: Eat the best Mexican in Oaxaca
Ah Mexico. It’s one of our favourite places. The artisanal and traditional city of Oaxaca is best known for its small fishing villages, slow pace of life, and colourful markets. Here we’ll sample tasty specialities; mole, mezcal, seafood and spicy baked chilli and lime grasshoppers.
2. Cuba: Tour Havana in a classic car
What Cuba lacks in infrastructure and technology it makes up for in rich culture, cigars and colourful architecture. We can’t wait to cruise the streets in a classic 1950s car, eat a Coppelia ice cream and shake the night away with a salsa lesson at Casa de La Musica.
3. Belize: Explore the cayes
Belize is home to second largest barrier reef in the world (after Australia, of course), with more than 200 coastal islands, or cayes (pronounced ‘keys’). Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are the perfect islands to kick back and relax for a week.
4. Nicaragua: Go volcano boarding
Cerro Negro (Black Hill) is an active volcano outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It’s the only place in the world where you can climb an active volcano, walk along the fuming crater and sandboard down. I’m going to have to put my big girl pants on for this one.
5. Guatemala: Soak up the hot springs
Fuentes Georginas is a natural hot spring set in the beautiful mountains of Zunil near Xela, Quetzaltenango. A series of pools surrounded by lush tropical forest collect the warm sulphur waters said to have healing powers – now that’s pure bliss.
6. Costa Rica: Zipline through the rainforest
It’s only fitting that when you visit the motherland of the zipline, you try it out yourself. Who doesn’t want to soar through the rainforest canopy and see a sloth up close?! Did I mention we’re both afraid of heights [wipes sweaty palms].
7. Panama: Sail the San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands is a backpackers’ paradise. Fine white sand, deep turquoise water and coconut trees – what isn’t there to love? We’ll take a five-day sailing adventure off the Caribbean Coast, crossing two continents in the ocean between Panama and Colombia.
8. Colombia: Experience Cartagena’s cultural past
Cartagena is a beautiful destination that should be on every Latin American bucket list. Without a doubt the first thing you notice about Cartagena is its colonial architecture oozing with old charm, colourful streets and vibrant culture.
9. Peru: Hike the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu
It’s almost impossible to make a bucket list that doesn’t include Machu Picchu – the Inca Trail is undoubtedly one of the most captivating hikes. The 42km trail winds between epic mountains, ancient ruins and remote villages. But first, someone bring me a llama!
10. Bolivia: Watch the sky and earth merge like heaven
Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat on the planet. During the day it’s a seemingly endless landscape of pure salt, while nighttime makes for an incredible stargazing destination. In the rainy season the sky and earth merge like a dreamy mirror.
11. Chile: Climb to the top of Cerro San Cristobal
Santiago is a white cityscape with mighty snow-capped Andes. The big hill in the middle of the city known as Cerro San Cristobal makes for one of the best hikes that overlooks the valley with the backdrop of the Andes mountains.
12. Argentina: Be mesmerised by Iguazu Falls
This stunning waterfall can be seen on the border of Argentina and Brazil. It’s size and scale are like no other waterfall on earth. I was impressed when I saw Niagara Falls but apparently Iguazu puts Niagara to shame.
13. Brazil: Give our mothers a heart attack
Daredevils from around the world are flocking to Pedra do Telégrafo, located outside of Rio De Janeiro. Even though it looks like people are precariously dangling off a cliff overlooking the ocean, they’re actually only a few feet off the ground. Phew!
14. Canada: Hike the Canadian Rockies
For a long time, the Rockies never featured on my bucket list. But then I saw pictures of Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Whistler and realised the Rockies are home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountains and jade-green lakes – a hiking lover’s dream.