ECUADOR: KEEPING UP WITH THE QUECHUA
In G Adventures’ seven-day “Local Living Ecuador” tour, you’ll be guests of a Quechuan family. Learn how to use a blowgun, take part in a shamanic healing ceremony, travel by canoe to an animal rescue center, and make chocolate fondue with local fruits while learning about the cacao pod.
PARAGUAY: IGNORE AT YOUR PERIL
Most visitors to the continent overlook landlocked Paraguay, overshadowed by its larger neighbors,Argentina and Brazil. They shouldn’t. “The country offers its own unique flavor: Jesuit ruins, Guaraní astrology, ‘spiderweb’ embroidery, and smoky-sweet yerba mate,” says Leigh Barnes of Intrepid Travel. Over 12 days, the tour company’s “Asunción to Iguazú Expedition” takes you from colonial towns like Yaguarón to the endangered Atlantic forest of San Rafael National Park and finally to mighty Iguazú Falls, which you can see from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides.