Planning an adventure to the continent of South America and not sure what destinations to put on your list? Below are some of the best places we visited here on our 6-month honeymoon. It is a unique location on planet earth blessed with a copious amount of attractions you are sure to be spoiled for choice.
1. Easter Island, Chile
Sitting just over 3500 km or around 6 hours by flight from mainland Chile lays the mystic island of Rapa Nui. Known by many as “the island with the big-headed statues” this place is indescribable. When you are here there is a significant aura instilled in your mind that you will take with you until your dying days. It is most likely the fact the lucky few who make it here will only visit Easter Island once in a lifetime.
2. Machu Picchu, Peru
Anybody that visits South America will have this high up on their bucket list. Said to be built in the 15th century by the Incan Empire there are few places more magical on the planet. Many people will do different Inca Trails which is a 3-7 day hike through the Peruvian Andes, on the last day being presented with the delight that is Machu Picchu.
3. Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
Located on the Iguazu River these waterfalls are among the most beautiful in the world. It is said up to 1 million visitors come here per year; once you arrive you will understand why in a matter of seconds. Play the travellers game like every visitor and give your opinion on which side is more beautiful Argentinian or Brazilian.
4. Torres del Paine, Chile
When visiting South America many travellers bypass Patagonian Chile so don’t make the same mistake. The weather here changes so frequently you are guaranteed an adventure against the elements so ensure you pack the correct gear for the W-Trek. If you are after a hiking trip this year set your sights on the glorious Torres del Paine National Park.
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
This truly is one of the great cities in the world. Futbal, Tango, mouth-watering meat, Malbec, picture pretty & passionate porteños (locals) all crammed in a fusion of Latin & European culture. There are so many things to do in BA I am surprised it doesn’t explode. Street performers in San Telmo, soccer in La Bombonera, cafes on every street and wild parties that go long into the night. Buenos Aires truly is a home away from home destination.
6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When you think of visiting South America you will have pictures in your mind of Rio de Janeiro. Take a walk along the globally famous beautiful beaches of Copacabana & Ipanema. Christ the Redeemer is one of the most famous statues in the world. Also, a visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain will give you those perfect postcard photos of the city. To top it off drink some Caipirinhas in night-life spot Lapa and shake your ass to some samba.
7. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
This glacier is another thing that sometimes goes unnoticed when backpacking South America. Located in the south of Argentina it is one of the few growing glaciers left on planet earth. The jagged, rigged walls of Perito Moreno range from a massive 50 – 70 metres in height. It is a spectacular sight one that is not to be missed.
8. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world’s largest salt lake sits high in the Andes at almost 4000 metres above sea level. The photographs you see on the internet I am sure do it justice. Unfortunately, we both missed out on our opportunity to visit due to altitude sickness. I am 100% confident that the altitude Salar de Uyuni will take your breath away.
9. Atacama Desert, Chile
In northern Chile lies the driest desert in the world and that is San Pedro de Atacama. There is an abundance of tours here such as Las Tres Marias, Geysers, Flamingo reserve and Moon Valley. You will start to feel like Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin here as it is truly like a scene from outer space.
10. Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Located about a 30-minute drive from the small fishing town Santa Marta is the outstanding National Park of Tayrona. You have about a 2-hour trek through jungle trails before you are opened to a picturesque beach setting. Walking along the coast there are trails taking you to relax spots along the way like La Piscina, Arrecifes and El Cabo. There is also an indigenous tribe that lives here you can admire as you pass.
This continent is really is one big bucket list we had to leave out so many things like La Paz, The Amazon, Ciudad Perdida, The Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Galapagos Islands & Angel Falls. Do you have plans to visit South America this year, would your list be in a different order or would you have different places on yours? If so share your thoughts & opinions with us below.