Top Ten Last Minute Summer Vacation Deals
Now that it’s summer, are you wondering why you didn’t book a vacation? It’s not too late. Take a peek at Yampu’s top ten budget summer trips!
The Highlights of Bali — 7 Days starting at $2,608
To the uninitiated, Bali might seem like just another popular tourist destination, but for anyone who visits its shores it is impossible not to be touched by a certain magic from the “Island of the Gods”. The predominantly Hindu island gives visitors the chance to have a unique and fascinating cultural experience, while still being able to partake in any number of exciting or relaxing activities such as surfing, golf, diving or massage.
Costa Rica Adventure with Rafting, Hiking, and Hanging Bridges — 9 days from $2,730
Discover the flora and fauna in Tortuguero National Park – one of the wilderness areas with the greatest biological variety in the country. Take an exhilarating tour down the Sarapiqui River on class two or three rapids. See Costa Rica from a magnificent point of view from Arenal’s hanging bridges and sky trams.
Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica with a drive to Braulio Carrillo National Park-95 percent of which is a primary forest. Walk on the beach and admire the green turtles nesting (July through September). Get close to the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rain forest as you walk right into the forest, thanks to the imposing hanging bridges and the beautiful trails that are safe and easy to walk on.
Costa Rica Active Adventure — 7 days from $2,254
Explore the Pacuare River, considered one of the top rivers in the world for a variety of reasons and the Arenal Volcano, a must-see in all Costa Rica itineraries. Experience the intimate nature of the rainforest from the river perspective and experience one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Mexico City, Mérida and Chichen-Itza — 7 days from $2,550
No visit to Mexico would be complete without spending some time in the old and fascinating metropolis of Mexico City. Visit the Yucatan to see Mérida and Chichen-Itza. Founded in 1542 by the Spanish conquistadors, Mérida was built on the site of the Maya city that had already existed for centuries. Thus it may be the oldest continually occupied city in the Americas. Tour the ancient archeological site of Chichen-Itza, the famous Mayan pyramids over 1,500 years old.
Panama Highlight Tour — 7 days from $2,630
Tucked away on the eastern slopes of the Volcan Barú is the small and charming mountain village of Boquete. It is known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama and has an everlasting spring-like climate. Start with a visit to Panama City and the Panama Canal, the 8th wonder of the modern world!
Granada and Pacific Beach, Nicaragua — 5 days from $2,109
Explore Granada, considered the oldest city in the country which still preserves the original historic colonial center. The colonial architecture of its old center, the museums, galleries, hotels, restaurants, bars and a cosmopolitan ambiance makes this city a great place to create memories. Visit the national park of Masaya volcano, one of Nicaragua’s active craters. After enjoying the beautiful views, travel to San Juan del Sur and enjoy a couple days of fun and relaxation on the beach.
The Highlands of Ecuador — 8 days from $2,982
Combine the large cities of Ecuador with the small Andean villages and colorful markets in between. Start in Quito, visit the markets and surrounding countryside near Otavalo, home of the largest indigenous market of its kind in South America. Take a ride on the infamous Devil’s Nose train, visit the Inca Ruins of Ingapirca and stay in the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca. Cuenca has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Its red-tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums make it very special.
Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 8 days from $2,902
Explore the country’s most popular, must-see attractions. In Siem Reap become humbled by the sheer size and intricacy of the ancient jungle temples of Angkor Wat. Considered one of the largest religious structures in the world, this is an absolute must for any visit to Cambodia. Then, a few days in the capital of Phnom Penh will allow you to discover Cambodia’s arts and culture and the somber, yet significant, history of the Khmer Rouge and their atrocities.
The Heritage, Gaucho Culture & Wineries of Uruguay — 8 days from $3,160
Explore vineyards and wineries, historic and charming cities, and Uruguayan Gaucho culture. Visit Colonia’s historic quarter – the stone-paved streets, colonial architecture, forts, Spanish and Portuguese museums, the port and Ferrando Beach. Colonia’s historic quarter is almost otherworldly. The Street of Sighs, the city gate (and its original wooden drawbridge), the bullring, the Viceroy’s house, the Portuguese Museum and Iglesia Matriz, the oldest church in Uruguay are just some of its highlights. Well preserved and full of charm, you’re sure to lose yourself on its stone-paved streets. Taste “Tannat,” the typical Uruguayan wine, horseback ride, take a swim and explore the vast, vast grounds of a typical estancia.
Santiago and the Wine Region of Chile — 6 days from $3,166
Chilean winemaking began with the conquistadores who brought grapevines over with them in the mid-16th century. Chilean wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenčre, are now internationally known. Visit the vineyards that produce these exquisite wines and the beautiful countryside surrounding Santiago. Yampu travelers will also visit Vińa del Mar and Valparaiso, and travel to Rosario, Casablanca, and Colchagua Valley. Consider taking the Wine Train to the quaint town of Santa Cruz.