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Published: January 26th 2014
January 13, 2014
First of let’s talk about the food ( why do I always go there first ?? ). South America has something for just about everybody. Obviously the countries we visited are all coastal and seafood is # 1.
Great ceviche ( raw seafood cooked in lemon or lime juice with spices ) in Ecuador as well as the famous Ecuadorian Shrimp and Prawns. Almost everything in Chile. My favorite in Chile is Congrio which is conger eel. ( not what you would guess ) This is a beautiful white fish cooked any number of ways. Next would be Camarones al pil pil ( shimp cooked in butter, garlic, and spices ). A direct injection of colesterol. ( why are all the great things bad for you ?? ) Too much good stuff to mention.
There is a lot to see and do in South America. We prefer private or semi -private tours as larger groups can be frustrating with waiting and sometime translation of everything into 2 or more languages.
It would be hard to beat the Galapagos experience. Wonderful place !! More to do in
Ecuador if time permits. A visit to Quito and the surrounding area is worth the time. Guayaquil is a great stop as well with good air connections to anywhere.
Easter Island is small but good for a couple of days max. This was convenient for us as there are twice weekly flights to Tahiti, our next stop.
Service levels in South America are still what we would expect in any place except North America. Slow.
Prices in Ecuador and Chile are comparable to North America. Some better deals in the out of the way places.
Airfare is reasonable and the airlines maintain new equipment.
The people are great. Knowing some Spanish is useful but with a little effort it is possible to get by with English.
We are somewhat familiar with South America and feel very comfortable here. Most people with any travel savvy would have no problems.
We enjoyed our 12 days here very much.
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