Best Places to Visit in South America

August 4, 2017
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Argentina, Chile, Galapagos, Peru, Rio Carnival, Wildlife Week

As a Continent of wonders, South America is the place where the most incredible adventures can happen. If you haven’t been to this exquisite part of the world yet, hold on tight because what we are about to reveal will start a new life addiction – Latin America!

Here are 10 reasons why you will be love-struck:

Number 10: Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno Glacier is in the Los Glaciares National Park, in southwest Santa Cruz, Argentina. It’s considered to be one of the most important Argentinian Patagonian attractions and with good reason. It is 30 km long and one of the 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes. Other than that, it’s just another wonder of the world, and one of the reasons why (after this post) you will be booking a flight to South America! You can learn more about the Perito Moreno Galcier on our El Calafate and El Chalten page.

Number 9: Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a big world. Big in the sense that there is so much that you can do and see when visiting the city. From alluring beaches to tropical landscapes, culture activities to lively parties, Rio is quite literally a Carnival town 24/7! Other than that, it is also home to the ‘carioca spirit’ which is all you would want to add to your day: spontaneous, good-natured and thirsty for life! Visit our Rio page for more information.

Number 8: Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is a 1,000km long strip of land on the Pacific coast and west of the Andes mountains. It has a completely otherworldly appearance and it has often been compared to Mars. Some say that the high quantities of quartz and copper in the area act as a positive energy booster for the locals. In the end, it doesn’t really matter how true this is as anyone can see that the desert’s beauty, on its own, is the endorphin booster! Visit our Atacama desert page.

Number 7: Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu falls lie split between Brazil and Argentina and are the largest waterfall system in the world. Legend has it that a deity intended to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, but she fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. Love hurts? Not visiting the Iguazu Falls also does! Visit our Iguazu Falls page for more information.

Number 6: Easter Island

Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and best known for its 887 extant monumental statues called Moai. These were created by the early Rapa Nui people who to this day, still inhabit the island. You can experience the land’s beauty in all sorts of ways – diving, snorkeling, surfing, horse riding or even biking. There’s also a very mystical aura about the island as its unique characteristics cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. You can learn more about Easter Island here.

Number 5: Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is a world within a world. Its river, solely, has more water than anyone can imagine; more than the next eight largest rivers combined and is twice the area of India. It’s impressive in size and in diversity, and it can be enjoyed on a lodge – where you will have the chance to sleep in the forest at an established camp – or hiking – for two or three days on a ‘survival tour’. It’s safe to say: welcome to the jungle! Learn more about holidays to the Amazon.

Number 4: Torres Del Paine

There are pieces of art that you visit a museum, others, you can see in South America. Torres Del Paine is one of them. – This beautiful National Park encompasses mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. Despite what you might think, there are plenty of attractions in the park such as azure lakes, trails in beautiful emerald green forests, rivers, rickety bridges, and one big, blue glacier. Already hooked? We are! Learn more about holidays to Torres del Paine.

Number 3: Uyuni Salt Flats

As the world’s largest salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni are as expected, quite unforgettable. Formed due to transformations in several prehistoric lakes, this stunning salt wonderland is today ones of the most celebrated destinations in South America. Why should you visit? Between an incredible sea of diamond bright salt or pastel blue lakes, you take your pick! Truth is, this vast salt desert is too beautiful to miss. Learn more about the Uyuni salt flats.

Number 2: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a land of history, beauty, and mystery. Dating back to the 15th-century, this Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level, is probably one of the most breathtaking places to visit. It has been built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls and it has three primary structures; the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Are you ready to go back in time and indulge in a unique Inca adventure? We dare you! Learn more about holidays to Machu Picchu.

Number 1: Galapagos Islands

As one of the few places on earth where human influence has been kept to a minimum, this little paradise on earth is not your everyday oasis. It’s better! Home to wonderfully unique wildlife such as frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, sally lightfoot crabs, waved albatross (and so much more) – these volcanic islands are a rarity almost too good to be true! Learn more about holidays to the Galapagos.

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