I generally can't stand people who ask strangers where to go on holiday, but here I go. We've been to a few places in Central America and really loved it. I wanted to go to the Galapagos in the next year or two because we are moving overseas, and it makes sense to do our remaining holidays closer to North America. Now I'm feeling strangely ambivalent about the Galapagos; is it as fabulous as they say, or are you like sheep following those guides on the proscribed trails?
Does anyone have any suggestions among the countries of South America? I don't know very much about them. We like hiking, snorkeling, wildlife, architecture, absorbing culture, local markets. We do NOT shop or eat meat (which is a thing in So America I understand).
Thanks in advance.