The biggest rain forest, the very best capital city, the most important river, the tallest waterfall… South America has it all. Breathtaking natural attractions aside, the continent also boasts vibrant cities, unique cultures, and adventure sports like no other. With such a lot to ascertain and do it’s hard to understand where to start but we’ve picked our top 10 belongings, you shouldn’t miss.
Set sail to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
One of the sole places left on earth where humans respect the boundaries of nature and animals are utterly oblivious to man, the Galapagos Islands are an unspoiled rarity. From swimming with sea lions to spotting giant turtles and pre-historic looking iguanas, following in Darwin’s footsteps doesn’t, unfortunately, come cheap but there’s nothing quite love it.
Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, needs no introduction. Arguably the best-known archaeological site in South America, some 2,500 tourists visit every day but it manages to stay its charm. Take the train or join a four-day trek through the Peruvian Andes to the historical marvel.
Get Snap Happy on Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world’s largest salt plain is one of the continent’s most awe-inspiring spectacles. The vast white desert, flanked by a dazzlingly-blue sky provides the right opportunity to fiddle with perspective shots making even the amateur photographer appear a professional. The salt flats are usually a part of a 3-4 day tour from Chile to Bolivia, encompassing colored lagoons, flamingos, and hotels made entirely of salt.
Visit Iguazu, Brazil & Argentina
Higher than Niagara, wider than Victoria and arguably more striking than either, Iguazu won’t fail to impress. Straddling the Brazil-Argentina border and flanked by beautiful rain forest, you’ll visit from either side, take a helicopter or boat tour or just marvel at the sheer force of the rushing water.
See a Tango Show in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tango is at the guts and soul of Buenos Aires so getting to the town without watching a show is like visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. The distinctive sort of music and dance is seductive, captivating, and, simply put, an excellent night out.
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