People don’t come to Belize for white sandy beaches. They come for what most islands don’t have: an epic, ocean-taming barrier reef.
Want to see how much better the world would be if humans never existed? This is the closest you’ll get.
Though Quito was merely the second capital of the Inca Empire, it was, and still is, first in “cities surrounded on all sides by active volcanoes.”
Occupied for only a century, this site was a spectacular human achievement and waste of time.
We had to get there from Cusco by traversing Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Incas thought the Andes was a great place to build a capital city. Of course, they were hopped up on coca leaves most of the time.
Lima is an amazing, chaotic city with a rich and tragic heritage that I’d highly recommend visiting.
South America is full of amazing places like Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Galápagos, and other places we didn’t visit.