South America is admired for its undeniable beauty, diverse cultures, and rich history. Filled with breath-taking scenery, the continent shows off a distinct marvel from Colombia all the way down to Argentina. With destinations for the adventure travelers and the leisurely vacationers, there are endless destinations to visit. It’d take years to explore all of the captivating South American sites. Nevertheless, here are a few spots you’ll want to put at the top of your list.
1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
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Experience the ultimate waterfall rush when you visit Iguazu Falls. With 275 waterfalls along the Argentinean and Brazilian borders, you’ll stand soaking wet with amazement. With a permanent rainbow, it’s no wonder this site was recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
2. Easter Island, Chile
Getting to this mysterious and isolated island isn’t easy. Located 2,300 miles from mainland Chile, the journey will demand a boat and some patience. However, once you reach Easter Island, you’ll be fascinated by its allure and 300 statues, called Moai, left from an ancient Polynesian society.
3. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Home to the infamous Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio De Janeiro is an absolute must for travelers seeking mountainous scenery and late night fun. While Ipanema Beach entices sun worshipers, Rio’s annual carnival celebration attracts party animals from all over the world. In 2016, Rio will host the Summer Olympic Games.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
Built in 1450 at the height of the Ina Empire, the “Lost City of the Incas” is located 2,430 meters above sea level. The crown jewel of Peru, its splendor is undeniable. Positioned over the Urubamba Valley, just 50 miles northwest of the Cusco region, it makes for incredible views and mountain climbing adventures.
5. Angel Falls, Venezuela
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Though this spot is a trek from the luxurious comfort of the Venezuela hotels, you’ll be glad you did it. Deep in Canima National Park, you’ll find the highest waterfalls in the world. Towering over your head, at 979 meters, you’ll be in awe. Named after the American aviator, Jimmy Angel, this is one site you simply can’t miss!
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The capital and largest city in Argentina, Buenos Aires is a vacation destination for high-energy night owls and architecture enthusiasts. With wide boulevards and buildings that show off its European heritage, Buenos Aires is also appealing for its shopping districts, dance clubs and ambient street-side restaurants.
7. Amazon Rainforest, Peru
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Best traveled by the way of boat along with an official guide, this vast Amazon rainforest covers 1.4 billion acres and touches 9 countries in South America. It’s home to more animal species than anywhere else in the world as well as tons of indigenous Amazonian tribes. Most easily accessed in Peru, the Amazon is a must for nature lovers.
8. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
With an appearance similar to a winter wonderland, Salar De Uyuni is actually the world’s largest salt flat. Covering over 4,000 square miles and located in Southwest Bolivia, it boasts an elevation of 3,656 meters above sea level. Formed as a result of prehistoric lake transformations, it’s a site that’s sure to blow your mind.
The spectacles and landscapes of South America are captivating. With hundreds of amazing places to see, it’s not surprising that the continent attracts millions of tourists every year.