Travel to Suriname
Suriname, formally the Republic of Suriname, is a state in northern South America on the Atlantic. According to Countryaah.com, the country borders Brazil, Guyana and French Guiana and is South America’s smallest independent country. A large part of Suriname is overgrown with tropical rainforest and there is a very rich flora and fauna.
Suriname, along with neighboring Guyana, is the only nation on the American mainland that applies left-wing traffic. Before independence in 1975, Suriname was a Dutch colony under the name Dutch Guiana and later Dutch Guiana. In the 17th century, Britain and the Netherlands fought for power over what is today Suriname, and it was finally the Dutch who managed to take control of the area and turn it into a colony. During the rest of the 17th century and also the 18th century, slaves were brought from Africa to the colony and used mainly in agriculture. Many of these slaves, however, managed to escape into the jungle and started small separatist movements there which, among other things, attacked the farms where the other slaves were held captive and forced to work. After slavery was abolished in the 1860s and 1870s, labor was instead imported from India and Indonesia, among other places. As a result, about half of the country’s current population is descended from these slaves and immigrants, and Suriname is today one of the most multicultural countries in South America. There are about 400,000 people living in the country and the capital is called Paramaribo. Suriname has two seasons, one with humidity and heat and one that is cooler and drier, but still means temperatures well above 20 degrees. The tropical climate is mitigated by trade winds. Tourism is becoming an increasingly important industry for both the country’s economy and employment. More and more travelers are starting to open their eyes to the small but exciting country. Eco-tourism in particular has become a thriving industry in Suriname with safaris and rainforest tours. In Suriname you can experience the rainforest from the first floor or relax on the beach. Most tourists who travel to Suriname do so for the sake of nature, which is not so strange since the country is a small South American paradise for nature lovers. Several nature reserves have been formed to preserve the beautiful landscape of Suriname. Only ten percent of the country consists of cities and villages. Due to the ethical diversity in the country, the food culture is inspired by the traditions of many different countries. Chinese, Indian and Javanese food are often eaten.
Travel to Peru
During our popular tours of scenic Peru, together with Swedish tour guides, knowledgeable local guides and a limited number of fellow travelers, you will experience some of South America’s definitely most exciting world heritage. Peru is amazing and a trip through the country appeals to all senses!
Few countries have as much to offer their visitors as Peru with its varied natural landscape and its fascinating archaeological discoveries and excavations of finds from the Inca Empire (1438 – 1533). Peru is located on the Pacific Ocean, just south of the equator. In Peru you will find the Andes, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Desert and dense jungle areas. Here are some of South America’s foremost ancient monuments, such as the ruined city of Machu Picchu and the many historically and archaeologically interesting sites found in the area around the Urubamba Valley (Inca People’s Holy Valley). Here are, among other things, the Inca Empire’s ancient capital Cuzco, the Inca fortress Sachsayhuaman, the archaeological site Ollantaytambo and the circular cultivation terraces in Moray where the Inca Indians practiced plant breeding. In the Nazca Desert you will find the so-called Nasca Lines, kilometer-long lines that together form abstract formations, but also images of animals and plants created to be seen from a great distance. The mysterious works of art, probably with a religious meaning, were created between 500 BC and 500 AD. and has long puzzled the research world.
After the conquest of the Inca Empire by the Conquistadors in the first half of the 16th century and the subsequent colonization, Spanish influence became dominant. Today, the majority of the population is Catholic and the official languages are Spanish and the Native American language Quechua. Peru has many beautiful cathedrals, monasteries, churches and palace-like villas built during the Spanish colonial period that came to an end with Peru’s independence in 1821. The historic centers of Lima, Cusco and Arequipa are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During our trips to Peru, we get close to the locals when visiting smaller villages. Peru’s stunning scenery, the magnificent antiquities, the country’s fascinating cultural history and the hospitable Peruvians make for wonderful experiences and unforgettable memories!
Travel to Ecuador
Ecuador got its name from the equator. It is South America’s second smallest country but has almost everything to offer the traveler. The country stretches from the Amazon Basin across the Andes and down to the Pacific coast of South America. Ecuador is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America with mountains, beaches, tropical rainforest and a rich flora and fauna. A must on a trip to Ecuador is a visit to the Galapagos Islands, famous for its wildlife, one hundred miles out in the Pacific Ocean. Here Charles Darwin drew inspiration for his theory of evolution as early as the 19th century. The Galapagos is unique with its seclusion and tranquility, its mild climate and incredible wildlife. The whole archipelago is a national park and the landscape is volcanic and barren, almost desert-like in the lowlands but rich in plants in the highlands.
Guayaquil will be our starting point in Ecuador on the journey with Phoenix. Guayaquil is the country’s commercial center with more than half of the country’s business and here you will find by the river bank the old neighborhoods of Las Penas with its many restaurants and bars. In the Galapagos we live on the largest of the islands, Santa Cruz, and from here we make excursions by boat to be fascinated by the completely unique wildlife on the islands in the surroundings. We get to see many different bird species such as blue-footed sole and frigatebirds, the large giant tortoise, sea lion, pelicans and perhaps the unique sea iguana. A trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos is a dream for many.
Travel to Bolivia
A trip to Bolivia provides great experiences in beautiful nature among colorful culture. Bolivia is the country where you will find beautiful mountains, cool adventure sports, the world’s largest salt desert, ancient colorful culture with dance and music and a rainforest full of exciting animals and plants.
Bolivia within the west coast of South America stretches from the high Andes to low-lying forest areas. Mining with the extraction of mainly silver and tin has characterized the country for centuries. Two thirds of the inhabitants are Indians. In 2006 Bolivia got its first Indian president, Evo Morales, and in the 17th century, Bolivia was Spain’s richest colony due to its silver mines in Potosi. Bolivia is still one of the poorest countries in Latin America, where 40 percent are still farmers and where the majority of the population belongs to one of the indigenous peoples. In Bolivia, it is cheap for us tourists but also a bit arduous because the poorly developed infrastructure and the high altitudes make it a bit awkward.
On the Phoenix trip to Bolivia, we get to experience some of the country’s treasures such as the fascinating salt deserts, pink flamingos, llamas, the ruined city of Tiwanaku, which is considered the cradle of South American civilization, and of course the capital La Paz.