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I want to meet this guy at Machu Picchu like OverYonderLust.com did!

Visiting South America has been on my travel list for quite a while and I keep thinking about it more and more these days as it is my only continent left that I have to visit! Well South America and Antarctica that is, and lets hope when I finally visit one I will also get to visit the other.

Ushuaia, Argentina by Jennifer Doré Dallas

This could be my view in Ushuaia, Argentina before heading to Antarctica. Photo credit: www.moimessouliers.org

I think one of the reasons I haven’t visited South America yet is because I’ll admit it, I’m a bit afraid of it. I hear the stories of some people dealing with corruption, and people walking down the street getting their phones stolen, and purses cut off of them and it doesn’t sound to exciting. But I know its a large continent and stuff like this happens all over the world and I can’t let a few incidents keep me from visiting a place.

Fingers crossed 2014 will be the year I finally visit South America. I think the first time I go I’ll either want to travel with a friend or perhaps take a small group tour. I have Peru and the Galapagos in my sights, partly because a lot of my blogging friends have been to both places over the past couple of years and have really inspired me to go and I have also been thinking about visiting Belize, Argentina and I guess everywhere in South America really.

Blue Footed Boobies in the Galapagos Islands by BaconIsMagic.ca

I wish to see Blue Footed Boobies in the Galapagos someday soon! Photo credit: BaconIsMagic.ca

One of my favourite ways to learn about a new country when visiting is of course through meeting the locals and tasting my way through their culture by visiting the markets and taking a food tour or two or five. I have previously taken food tours in New York with Foods of New York and in Rome with Walks of Italy and I even took a food tour in Puerto Rico.

However these tours were all just an afternoon or a couple hours. It would be great to do a week long food tour where you really got to know the food and culture instead of just sampling it on the run. Adventure Life offers just those tours.

Chilean Wine Grapes on the Vine by Flickr user chrismar

Cabernet Grapes hang on the vine in Santa Cruz, Chile

Now that I am training to become a Sommelier it would be awesome to go on the Chile Wine Adventure tour that they offer. Traveling throughout the country for eight days, visiting the country’s largest fish market, exploring Santiago, biking through vineyards and more.

Peru-Pisac-market by traveladdicts.net

Exploring markets in Peru Photo Credit traveladdicts.net

They also offer a culinary tour of Peru Cuisine where a guide takes you through the San Pedro market, Cusco’s largest open market and then prepare your own Peruvian dish at a restaurant with some of the city’s best chefs. You also get to visit a locals home and cook with them, visit more markets and as a bonus you get to see Machu Picchu. Hello bucket list!

There is SO much to see and do in South America of course, but I’m not even sure where to start. Fingers crossed 2014 is the year I finally get to visit.

Have you traveled to South America? What tours might you recommend for a foodie visiting for the first time?