TALCA - CONCEPCION
The central heartland of Chile is rich and fertile farms and vineyards, coastal beauty, cultural and historical charm, and the energy of modern cities with boundless enthusiasm.
We start our tour in Talca, where Chile's Declaration of Independence was signed in 1818. A significant museum , the O'Higgins, offers historical insight into the events of that time as well as exhibits of fine art. But most use Talca as a central and cheap base from which to travel to nearby communities. Like Rari, 69 km to the southeast, which is famous for its preservation of weaving horse hair into spectacular objects of art
SANTIAGO - LOS ANDES
This is a micro-route with macro experiences, a chance to visit the stunning capital Santiago, the romantic and historically illustrious Valparaiso, and finally the staggering mountain beauty of Los Andes.
I won't repeat here a full tour book of what to do in Santiago, but I will tell you my personal favorites. Plan a full day or two half-days to visit one of the best museums in Latin America, bar none, the Museo de La Memoria
Ahhh, one of my absolute favorite parts of Colombia, the Zona Cafetera! Traveling south from Medellin to Armenia is to discover the beautiful region known as the Coffee Country. The climate is succulent, and the landscape consists of lush green valleys and handsome towns of the Paisa, the culture of Colombia known for its passion for quality and living well.
Many of the things to see and do involve going off on little tributaries to the east and west of the main highway, so try to get off the bus frequently and go off the main highway, then return.
It's a hard choice to make between two of the best botanical gardens anywhere, and both are on this route! The first one is right outside Cartagena on this route in the town of Turbaco, called Jardin Botanico de Guillermo Piñeres, where you'll see among other things two varieties of coca (the plant from which cocaine is processed). The other garden is in Mompox itself, doesn't have a name, but is just as good if not better.
IBARRA - SAN LORENZO
The border trim across the top of Ecuador from Ibarra to San Lorenzo is lesser traveled, and it's a shame because this is such a sweet, peaceful, and gorgeously climactic ride. The first time I took it, I resolved it would be the place I would want to retire some day because it made me feel so good inside.
The most important aspect is that you will be traveling through the heart of the Valle Chota, Ecuador's proudly distinctive Afro-Ecuadorian region, containing many small villages