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North America Vs South America: Which one’s for you?

Two huge continents with an eclectic mix of picturesque scenery, clashing cultures and renowned cuisines – how could you ever choose between the two?  

Well, we’re not asking you to. But, we’re going to home in on two of our favourite destinations – one from each continent, and which both offer an incredible holiday experience. What’s more, they couldn’t be more different if they tried!


First up, Las Vegas. Everyone knows it for its mishmash of adult entertainment, fine restaurants and the iconic strip – full of the world’s best casinos! Once you arrive, you’ll soon learn there’s not enough hours in the day to soak up everything this unique destination has to offer.

But how can we persuade you to go ahead and book a trip to the destination that never sleeps? Well, take a look at our favourite things to do in Sin City and we reckon it’ll get you excited!

Las Vegas Sign
Las Vegas Sign

Place a bet in a world-class casino

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to casinos in Las Vegas. Caesars Palace is a particular favourite and must-visit though – with a mix of past and present, this old-school casino is the epitome of the destination…and nothing like the casinos you’ll find at home. The atmosphere, the choice and the sheer amount of people (any time of the day) is what makes any Las Vegas casino stand out from the crowd.

Don’t stick to one casino though – make sure you try a few (even if you’re just putting on a small bet) and experience as much as you can. It’s a once-in-a-life-time experience after all!

If you’re not a regular casino goer, don’t fret – why not take a stroll to the Gamblers General Store in Downtown Vegas? There are plenty of ‘how to’ gaming books to get your knowledge up to scratch. Or of course, doing your research at home before you travel, will do just the trick too.

Watch a resident musician or band

The Strip is well known for its resident A-list musicians and bands – and it’ll be guaranteed that whenever you visit, somebody will be putting on a show. It could even be worth checking the calendar before you book to prevent disappointment – and you could soon be in the crowd waiting to see the likes of Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys or J. Lo perform!

Indulge in the finest restaurants and bars

Ever heard of kobe beef? You may have, but it’s unlikely you’ll have tasted it, as only a select number of restaurants in the U.S sell it – and three of them are in Vegas. Seeing as it’s so exclusive, we reckon you should give it a try. Head to SWS Steakhouse at the Wynn, Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria or Jose Andres’ Bazaar at SLS. Trust us when we say, it’ll be one of the best steaks you’ve ever tried.

We’re sure you already know, that a tipple or two won’t be hard to find in Vegas – but if you’re looking for something a little extra special, give The Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room a try. It’s home to an impressive $10 million worth of wine! But don’t worry, there are plenty of different vinos to try, for all budgets and tastes.

Take a trip to the Grand Canyon

If you’re unlikely to make the trip twice, then we highly recommend you take a day trip to the mighty Grand Canyon. Consisting of 277 miles of the Colorado River and an impressive landscape, it’s no wonder it hosts a mighty five million visitors each year.

Luckily, it’s not difficult to get to from Las Vegas – and there are plenty of options too; from buses and helicopter rides, to motorcycles and small planes, or you could even rent a car for yourself. Of course, the prices will vary depending on which type of transport you choose. 

To find out more about the packages we have available to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, contact us today by paying us a visit, calling us on 01706 250006 or sending us an email to [email protected] and we’ll help you plan your trip.


A long country, filled with differing climates and settings, Chile has an array of sights and cultures to get your teeth into. So take a look at what you can do while in Chile – and you’ll see why we’ve chosen it as our must-see South American destination.

Explore Santiago

What’s great about Santiago, is it’s mix of old and new traditions. Nestled within the Andes Mountains, the city’s influence of European cultures and South American charm is the perfect combination, making it a gem of a city.

Right in the centre of the city, you’ll find Plaza de Armas – the perfect pit-stop for people watching and appreciating the city. It’s also a great place to start your day and grab a coffee.

Make sure you enjoy some of the outstanding views on offer whilst here too. The beautiful Cerro Santa Lucia park is the perfect location to soak it all up. It may be a small park, but the views are anything but!  

Try the finest wines in a Valparaiso vineyard

For wine enthusiasts, you’ve come to the right place. Valparaiso hosts many vineyards, where you can try some of the country’s finest wines. Join an educational tour and you’ll gain an insight into the work that goes into making some of the finest Chilean wines – where an expert will share their expert knowledge with you. Of course, you’ll get to enjoy a number of locally produced wines, and the beautiful vineyard scenery around you too.

Visit even more of South America with Latin Routes

If you’re travelling all that way, why not see as much of South America as you possibly can? Peru, Brazil, Argentina all offer unique experiences and cultures that will add to your adventure!

Latin Routes, our favourite South America supplier, offer a range of fully inclusive tours to South America.

To find out more about Chile and all the other South America tours that Latin Routes offer, contact us and we’ll help you plan your adventure.

Call 01706 250006 or email us at [email protected]


With such unique sights and attractions, how can you choose between the two? In our opinion, you can’t possibly! They’re both worthy winners and should be on everyone’s travel list.