Environmentalists will appreciate Brazil’s well-preserved Pantanal, while shoppers may pick between expensive shops in major cities such as Rio de Janeiro and the colourful marketplaces of Andean communities. You may visit old civilizations’ forgotten cities, feast your eyes on breathtaking landscapes practically wherever you walk or feast your taste buds on the food.
The Pantanal (Brazil)
The Pantanal may be tough to get — most visitors arrive by air or boat – but once there. Oh! The Pantanal, which is largely in Brazil but also in Bolivia and Paraguay, is the world’s biggest tropical wetland, covering an area larger than Washington State. While not as well-known as its Amazonian counterpart, the Pantanal is the ideal site in South America to witness animals ranging from jaguars to capybaras.
Ushuaia, Argentina (Argentina)
Put Ushuaia on your bucket list if you like visiting distant locations. Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, is the world’s southernmost city. The train to the End of the World does come to an end here.
When it’s not foggy or windy, which is most of the time, Ushuaia, nestled amid the mountains along a bay, is incredibly lovely. The museum at the old prison colony is a fantastic spot to watch penguins, orca whales, and seals.
National Park Tayrona (Colombia)
Tayrona National Park on Colombia’s Caribbean coast is a must-see if you want to safeguard the ecosystem and its residents while still enjoying breathtaking sights. Tayrona National Park, the country’s second most visited national park, is a protected marine reserve that encompasses both land and water. The plants and wildlife have a high level of biodiversity. Wildlife comprises 300 distinct bird species, over 100 different animals, and 70 different types of bats.
Tayrona is perhaps best known for its breathtaking beaches, which are nestled in deep coves and sheltered by coconut trees. However, due to strong currents, most beaches are not ideal for swimming.
The Colca Canyon (Peru)
There’s a reason Colca Canyon is Peru’s third most popular tourist destination: the scenery is breathtaking. The canyon is one of the deepest in the world, but not the deepest in Peru, despite being more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. If you become bored of the scenery, you may gaze up at the sky, where you could observe Andean condors and the largest hummingbirds you’ve ever seen. Local handicrafts may be purchased in villages.
Angel Falls (Venezuela)
Angel Falls is a must-see attraction in Venezuela’s Guayana Highlands. It is the world’s tallest continuous waterfall, 15 times higher than Niagara Falls, which is shared by Canada and the United States. Water rushes down Auyantepui Mountain for more than 950 meters (3,200 ft) into the Rio Kerepakupai Meru. The waterfall is named after American Jimmy Angel, who became the first pilot to fly over the falls in 1937. Getting there is an experience that includes airline journeys and riverboat excursions.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Machu Picchu is a wonderful example of the Inca culture before the arrival of the Spaniards. Machu Picchu, located in the Peruvian Andes, functioned as an emperor’s residence, a fortification, and a venue for religious rites in which human sacrifices were performed to please the gods. Untouched by the Spanish, the location was abandoned after the conquest, only to be “discovered” in the early 1900s by an American scholar. Machu Picchu, built of polished stones, is a beautiful specimen of ancient Inca construction. Machu Picchu, with its breathtaking vistas, is Peru’s most popular tourist destination.
Tourism in South America is on the rise. Travellers are coming to the equator to see a breathtaking patchwork of beautiful landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, spectacular rainforests, and awe-inspiring deserts.
South America will not disappoint you whether you choose to go on an adventure or have a more quiet holiday. The energy of this continent is contagious, and the intense Latin fervour will sweep you away no matter where you travel.