When you hear ‘South America’, what immediately comes to mind? The sultry moves in the Argentine Tango? The rich blends of Colombian coffee? The sounds of the Amazon jungle? South America is all this and so much more. In fact, to properly see and experience the country will take you close to a year. But if you don’t have that kind of time to spend, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. In this article, we look at a handful of the most exquisite places to see in South America.
Starting at the top of South America in the country of Peru, Machu Pichu is nestled high in the Andes Mountains. This is an Incan citadel which was built in the mid-15th century. When the Spanish invaded in the 16th century, it was abandoned.
You can access Machu Pichu by train; however, for those who want to be more adventurous, they can hike to Machu Pichu via the Inca Trail. Spanning 50 miles at 14 000 feet, the Inca Trail is definitely not a stroll, however, the rewards are mind-blowing.
Angel Falls is the world’s highest waterfall. It is located in Canaima National Park in Venezuela. At 3 230 feet, it is almost 20 times higher than Niagra Falls. If you want to experience this awe-inspiring waterfall, you can do so from the comfort of a sigh-seeing tour or a boat trip up the Chúrun and Carrao rivers. However, if you’d like to take the scenic route, you can hike there via the adjacent rainforests as well as Canyons.
Rio de Janeiro
The city has gained a reputation for hosting fabulous parties – like their annual carnival – and having stunning beaches. However, there’s more to Rio than just this.
Rio has the largest man-made forest which provides great opportunities for hiking. You’ll find a veritable melting pot of cultures in Rio, blending those from Europe and Africa.
Perito Moreno Glacier
The southern-most tip of South America is the point from which boats headed for the South Pole depart. So why not have a glacier?
The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonian Argentina. It is three miles long and rises 200 feet above Lago Argentino. If you visit between November and early March, you can witness large chunks of the glacier breaking off.
Colombia is known across the world for its coffee and this country in South America boasts plantation after plantation growing coffee beans. You can even sample a cup right there in the plantation, And, if you have your phone on you, you can can relax and have fun spinning the reels online at the same time!
The mountains in Colombia are awe-inspiring so when you go, take advantage of the outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, kayaking in addition to canopying.
There is so much to see in South America that you’re spoilt for choice. The continent is rich with natural wonder and vibrant cultures that will make you fall in love with it and want to keep on coming back for more.