North Vs South: Which Of The Americas Will You Visit This Year?
Even though the continents are right next to each other, there is a huge cultural gap between North and South America. Not only are the countries and societies within each one at completely different ends of the scale, the people and history of each are also totally different. So this gets many travelers thinking, which of the Americas is the best to visit for a vacation. Well, that all depends on what you expect from your trip. In this blog post, we’ve looked at various aspects of each continent to see which one comes out on top.
There is a huge difference in the climates of the countries right at the top of North America, and those nearer the continent in South America. So, what type of holiday are you dreaming of? If you want to visit a winter wonderland and go skiing and snowboarding, then you should consider visiting either Canada or the United States. But these countries are also good if you want a trip that is full of sunshine and warm temperatures. You will just need to visit the southern states to find these! For instance, California and Florida are known for warm climates and pristine beaches. If you can’t really handle the heat, then it could be best to stick to the northern states or southern Canada. You will find that cities like New York City, San Fransisco and Vancouver have quite temperate climates.
If you want to visit countries that have a more tropical or subtropical climate, then those in South America should certainly be on your travel list. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the climate varies greatly around this continent. For example, those countries close to the Andes, including Peru and Ecuador can be quite cold through the southern hemisphere’s summer. The most visited countries in South America include Brazil and Argentina and feature very warm climates. Brazil is tropical and covered in dense rainforests. Argentina is temperate and slightly cooler but still experiences some hot days during the summer months.
Cuisines in both continents also vary wildly. There is not much difference between the food you will encounter in Canada and North America. Canada has many dishes that are rare in The States, such as poutine, but, generally speaking, you will find lots of American classic served throughout Canada. When you are traveling throughout North America, you will find that there is a lot of fried and fatty foods. Things like burgers, hot dogs, and pancakes feature heavily on many menus. However, there is currently a trend for clean eating that is sweeping the continent, so don’t be surprised if you also see juice bars and vegan and gluten-free cafes.
When it comes to food in South America, you will find that it is a lot more fresh, wholesome, and traditional. Each country has its own unique cuisine, that is steeped in its culture and history. For example, when you are in Argentina, you will find that almost every meat dish comes served with a dollop of Chimichurri. This is a popular condiment made from finely chopped parsley, onion, garlic, and oregano. If you ever need a quick snack, you will find empanadas served all over. These pastries are often filled with savory fillings. The food is similar in Brazil, though you will find that a lot more meals are served with rice here. Brazilians love their barbecue as well, so expect to see a lot of kebabs and grilled sausages!
Each continent is great for certain activities. The colder climate of America’s northern states and Canada make them great destinations for those who want to test their ski skills. Located in the Canadian province of Quebec, Mont Tremblant is one of the country’s favorite ski resorts. There are ski and snowboarding slopes to suit all levels, from beginners through to experts. Plus, you will have a lot of varied apres ski activities to choose from as well. Accommodation isn’t too badly priced, and you should be able to find some amazing Tremblant deals. Those who want an adventurous vacation but don’t fancy skiing, you can find plenty of destinations that are known for hiking and mountain climbing all over Canada and the United States. For more thrills and spills, head to America’s famous theme parks. Some of the most popular include Florida’s Walt Disney World and the Islands of Adventure.
When people head to South America, they want to explore as much of the culture and history as possible. One extremely popular attraction is Machu Picchu, which is an Incan citadel in Peru. Visitors need to hike through rainforest to get to this 15th-century landmark. There are also many culturally significant landmarks in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. The huge statue of Christ the Redeemer sits atop a mountain peering down at the city. You will also be able to hike up Sugarloaf Mountain, which is located in the picturesque Guanabara Bay. Traveling to Buenos Aires? If so, be sure to visit La Boca, a colorful neighborhood which features quaint alleyways and street museums.
There are a few different things to consider when it comes to considering the price of traveling to either North or South America. Generally speaking, getting to South America will be quite expensive, especially if you are traveling from Europe. However, once you are there, you will probably find that the prices are fairly low. Your accommodation costs will depend on where you want to stay. Hostels can be dirt cheap while staying in a five-star hotel will be just as expensive as the fanciest of hotels in North America. Day to day costs, such as travel and food, tend to be higher in North America. But no matter where you travel to, be sure to shop around for the best deals on flights and accommodations. This can help you make some great savings on your vacation!
So where will you decide to travel to? No matter where you go, don’t forget to send us a postcard!