Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Thinking about exploring South America?
Check out this 8 Minute Podcast on Nature Destinations in South America!
SouthAmerica.travel CEO, Juergen Keller, joins host Ric Bratton on “This Week in America” to discuss Nature Destinations in South America! Watch this 8-Minute Podcast.
Question: Looking at all the great info on your website, it says that the country of Brazil is larger than the continental United States, there must be a lot of great diversity in Brazil then, correct?
Juergen Keller: A lot of people know a little Spanish, so they learn a lot about the Spanish-speaking parts of South America, but they sometimes forget about the Portuguese parts, which is almost half of the continent! Brazil is so huge it takes 6 hours to fly from one end to the other, and it’s amazing to compare the European influenced South, with the African-influenced North. The entire country has so much to see!
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Question: On previous programs, you’ve mentioned that Brazilians are friendly and patriotic and very excited to show their country to you, is that right?
Juergen Keller: Yes that’s so true, whenever you talk to Brazilians, whether in Brazil or the United States, they will tell you how much they love their country! They’re also very interested in your country and history. Overall, Brazilians are just excited to show you all the amazing things they love about Brazil.
Question: On your award-winning website, there are a lot of customizable tours, Peru seems to be a popular destination, we usually think about Peru and Inca ruins, but you say there’s a whole lot more there than just the ruins?
Juergen Keller: Peru is the perfect place to start a deep-rooted love of the continent! You can go to Peru for two weeks and feel like you’re on a different planet! You see different things and for the first time, you understand that you’re in a completely different country, especially with the Peruvian culture.
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Question: I’d just like to mention Argentina, another country you have high praise for, and another destination you think we should add to our list?
Juergen Keller: Absolutely! Argentina is great for people that have time because there are longer distances to travel, but there’s so much to see. You have the Andes for skiing, the foothills for the wines, the culture and sophistication of Buenos Aires, Patagonia for glaciers and mountains, and the shores for wildlife. Argentina is a very big country that stretches over several climate zones, and you see a lot of different things, but you need the time to travel from place to place.
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Question: One thing you mentioned is wherever you go in South America you need to experience the local life, allow time to meet with the local people and go to some local establishments?
Juergen Keller: Absolutely, and you don’t need to be an outgoing person. One of the best ways to see local culture is to go to a square or an outdoor restaurant, or sidewalk cafe, and just watch people living their lives. You don’t even have to talk to anybody. Although, when you go to Brazil, even your waiter will want to know who you are, where you’re from, and he’ll want to welcome you to his table. In other countries, the distance between the people you’re talking to is a bit bigger, but people watching is one of the best things to do in South America. Just sit there and watch the world go by.
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