This post could also be called ‘the five must-see places in Latin America’ as they should be on every traveller’s wishlist not least because they offer up some of the most tremendous vistas in the region. Which of these stunning destinations will you be adding to your bucket list?
The sheer size of the Atacama Desert, meteorologically the driest (hot) desert on earth, is astonishing. With miles and miles of salt flats extending in front of you, it’s not hard to believe that some areas of the Atacama have had no recorded instances of rainfall ever. If nothing else, this view will make you appreciate how vast the earth as a whole is – for some, it can be a life-changing experience.
Arguably one of the most recognisable pieces of architecture in the world, the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer is certainly one to see before you die. At 38m tall, 28m wide and 635 tonnes, it is a formidable structure, located on is the Peak of Corcovado Mountain which is elevated at 2,300 ft, meaning there are spectacular panoramic views of the city of Rio down below. This is one view that shouldn’t be passed up.
Located in Chilean Patagonia, the Torres Del Paine is at the centre of its own National Park. With some extreme weather and extensive hiking trails, this excursion is not for the faint-hearted. However, the reward is an incredible view of the three ‘Torres’ jutting out of the earth above you. Be sure to partake in a specialised walk which winds between these peaks, offering views of the rocks from all angles.
Often referred to as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, the Iguazu Falls are a staggering piece of natural architecture. Approximately 50% of the Falls’ water flows into the ‘Devil’s Throat’ – an 82m tall, 150m wide and 700m long chasm. From the walkway on the Argentinian side, you are afforded an impressive 270-degree panorama of the various waterfalls that drain into the huge basin. This is an intimidating sight, with the roar of the water so loud you can barely hear yourself think. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can take a boat trip that takes you within touching distance of the falls, giving you a true sense of their enormity.
Copacabana is one of the most famous beaches in the world, and for good reason, it is huge! Although it can get quite crowded at times, it is also fantastically beautiful and one of the many highlights of Rio. On New Year’s Eve, it plays host to one of the most spectacular celebrations in the world, with many thousands of party-goers turning up to watch fireworks launched from boats just off the beach.
Discover these stunning views, and many more, for yourself on a holiday to Latin America.