America is not just limited to Times Square or the ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty. If you are planning to visit the continent, you need to know that there are other various gems available for everyday tourists. This leaves most visitors with many stories to tell, about the entire continent, which they can share with their family and friends back home. This is especially true in the case of South America as one gets lost in the beauty of the different countries within the continent. From the favelas in Brazil to the raw and enduring jungles of the Amazon, this fourth largest continent on the planet, offers much to be explored and experienced within the diversity that it offers.
It is a dream for most to be able to travel to all sides of the planet and saturate themselves with the different cultures, the biodiversity, the different cuisines of the world and make new friends as they travel. For some, this is the actual meaning of traveling rather than just visiting places and taking photos and not even taking the time to enjoy the actual beauty of the destinations. The following is a list of the places where you will forget to take out the camera while you witness the immersive beauty of the different places throughout South America.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Apart from being the safest country, Chile has this stunning nature reserve for those who have wanderlust and like to go on hiking trips. This natural eye candy has everything that spells out nature including an incredible landscape, a green foliage cover, some of the most pristine lakes, rivers, and valleys that guarantee an unforgettable experience.
Easter Island, Chile
One of the must-see travel tips in Chile is Easter Island. If you like to see Culture, Adventure, and Paradise, then this has to be on your bucket list. Soak up the Rapa Nui culture by interacting with its people. Get to know their language and amazing food. Fall in love with their exotic dances, music, and Polynesian clothing. If you are looking for an intense cultural experience, visit the island for the Tapati festival that happens every February.
Machu Picchu, Peru
To this day it remains one of the best-preserved archaeological sites of the 15th century that was built by the Incas, Peru has a lot to offer but few destinations leave an impact that can rival this particular destination, leaving you curious to get back and find out more on what happened to such a great civilization. The panoramic views are just wonderful and never to be forgotten.
Canopy Walk, The Amazon, Peru
The Amazon is full of epic experiences and the canopy walk is no exception. You could easily spend an entire month exploring the depths of the Amazon, which stretches through Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil.
If you have ever wanted to explore jungles, nothing can replace the Amazon, and one of the best entry points to the most diverse ecological heaven on the planet is through Ecuador. The jungle will make you feel alive at every step as you make your way through the forest, from trees and plants fighting for the sunlight to the jungle floor creeping with ants and insects. The canopy is home to different species of monkeys and birds so keep an eye… you might even get to witness a capuchin outsmart you! There are also predatory animals like jaguar and anacondas, so you best not wander around in the forest without proper guidance.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
The Angel Falls are located right in the densest part of the jungle. Because they are so isolated, it’s a bit of a trek to get there. Hope you love hiking and trekking. Many tour operators created a fantastic excursion. The journey to Angel Falls includes a flight to Canaima National Park, then a boat ride, then a hike up to the falls. But all this activity is well worth it once you get a glimpse of the viewpoint from the top of the world’s highest waterfall.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
What do you need to know before visiting Salar de Uyuni? In Bolivia, you find a surreal alien landscape, a salty desert. The altitude of the salt flats is extreme and lies at 11,800 feet (3,600 meters) while some sections reach 16,400 feet (5,000 meters). This attitude can become a disaster for unacclimatized travelers. Travelers can expect winter temperatures of -4F (-20C). To make this tour worthed, we recommend booking a three-day trip. Accommodation is super basic, however, you can find some nice hotels. If a driver brings you to another location, please check if the driver is drunk, for your own safety, as it is very common in Bolivia. During the wet season, between January and March, you could experience the mirror effect which only occurs with heavy rainfall.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. The city of Pope Francis, the city of Maradona, the city of art, the city that feels and breaths Tango.
During your visit, you must experience the tango music and dance, you can follow short tango dancing classes to feel the expression and passion. Taste the real Argentina BBQ steak, including wine tasting. The Hop-On-Hop-Off bus will take you around the whole city.
Sail to Antarctica
Our last destination is Antarctica. Are you in for an amazing experience in one of the untouched regions, away from the hustle and crowds? Then Antarctic Expeditions has the solution for you. If you love taking pictures of nature, if you love sailing, if you dream of doing something different than usual travels, then join this exclusive trip. This voyage is incomparable to any other destination in the world. You spend 12 days in Antarctica including a guided tour, while the whole excursion is of 21 days, including traveling to and from South America. Please see here the day-to-day itinerary.
Everyone’s bucket list has different destinations according to their preferences. While some may be interested in going to the hotspots like Rio-de-Janerio, others might want to witness the monolithic statues of the Easter Islands in Chile or the glaciers or waterfalls of Venezuela. The list differs from person to person but one should make sure there is none left in the bucket list that has not been ticked before it is too late.