Spring has sprung, let’s beat the summer crowds and get exploring! Read on for inspiration on where to spend a March vacation.
Chile is a destination for wilderness explorers, adventure-seekers and wine lovers. This coastal strip of South America is teeming with staggering scenery, so be sure to take a spare camera memory card! This jam-packed, whistle-stop Chilean tour consists of a lot of travelling, but trust us, it is so worth it.
Your first stop will be Chile’s cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, a city surrounded by the magnificent Andes. Discover everything from historical buildings to bohemian neighbourhoods, art galleries to handicraft markets and fish markets to world-class restaurants. Be sure to head for the hills and marvel at the panoramic views.
From Santiago you can enjoy a day trip to the coastal city of Valparaíso, a World Hertitage City, known for its bohemian vibe. Alternatively, just outside the capital you can visit a fine wine estate where you can tour old vineyard manors, wander through the terraced vines and experience the flavours, aromas and colours of Chile's delicious vintages.
After being immersed in the delights of the central region, board a flight from Santiago to the enchanting Easter Island (Rapa Nui), home to Easter Island’s enduring symbol, the Moai. Those who make this journey will be richly rewarded. Alongside the mysterious and thought provoking archaeological treasures, are a plethora of natural gems, both on land and in its surrounding waters. Whether exploring on bike, on foot, on horseback or in a scuba diving gear you will not be disappointed.
Say goodbye to the Moais as you return to Santiago to take a flight to Puerto Montt. Foodies should not miss a detour to Castro, a place to devour delicious Chilean dishes. Be sure to stop by the craft markets, the colourful palacios (houses built on stilts) sitting along the promenade and the famous Church San Francisco.
After a brief encounter with civilisation, it is time to return to nature on a grand scale. From Puerto Montt board a flight to Punta Arenas before driving to Torres del Paine National Park via Puerto Natales where towering mountains, turquoise waters, epic glaciers and truly breathtaking views await. This national park is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Trekking or kayaking is the perfect way to explore and stumble across the park’s wildlife.
Before jumping on a plane back to Santiago, take a ferry to Island Magdelena near to Punta Arenas. This island’s main attraction is the 60,000 breeding pairs of Magellan Penguins, the largest colony of penguins in Chile. A special sight for wildlife lovers.
The final stop takes you from the giant glaciers to the dry desert. From Santiago fly to the mining city of Calama. Just an hour and a half away in San Pedro de Atacama you can begin to explore the region’s active geysers, colourful lagoons and flamingo filled salt flats.
There is no better way to end this incredible trip than by gazing up at the stars twinkling across the night sky. Magical.
Your TripMapper itinerary will help you plan for and budget for this incredible Chilean adventure!
Great time to visit (weather): Year round in the north, November to April in the south.
Orlando and the Florida Keys, Florida, U.S.A.
No place on earth has more iconic theme parks than Orlando. A trip to Orlando means reliving your childhood and simply having fun. There is something for all, whatever your age, whatever your interest.
At World Disney Resort alone you can fly the Millennium Falcon in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, find yourself in a far-flung corner of the world at Epcot, explore the Harambe Wildlife Reserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or behold a night time spectacular at Magic Kingdom. Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are the ultimate water parks to cool off from the Florida heat.
Universal Orlando Resort expands Florida’s theme park offerings, allowing its visitors to become immersed in the movies. Come face to face with a T-rex at Jurassic park, scale skyscrapers with Spiderman or wander down Diagon Alley whilst sipping a Butterbeer. Adrenalin junkies and movie buffs alike will thoroughly enjoy what Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure have to offer.
If you need a break from all the thrills and spills, Orlando offers a variety of boutiques for every budget. Whether you’re looking for high fashion shops like Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton or prefer to hunt for a bargain, Orlando has it covered.
Now it's time to travel south and enjoy a slower pace. First stop, the Everglades National Park, a vast subtropical wilderness that has been declared a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance. The diverse habitats allow for a range of activities from hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking and camping. Check out the National Park Service website for a host of ranger-guided tours to enrich your park experience.
Curving below the southern tip of the Floridan mainland are the Florida Keys. The five regions of the Florida Keys all have something different to offer its visitors. Key Largo is the self-proclaimed dive capital of the world, home to the world's largest artificial reef; Islamorada is renowned for its up-scale small-town atmosphere, scenic bay, fishing and quaint shops; Marathon is a prime boating destination; The Lower Keys are teeming with unspoilt nature preserves; and Key West is a destination rich in history and culture. Your time in the Keys can be as action packed or as relaxed as you desire.
Planning this dream Floridian vacation using a TripMapper itinerary will help you get the most out of this amazing trip.
Great time to visit (weather): From December until May you will enjoy warm weather and less rainfall.
Editor's note: During COVID-19 there are restrictions on travel. Check the latest guidance before booking and departing and always follow local health guidance.