With a myriad of languages, history, culture, and containing some of the top wonders of the world, traveling around in South America can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you see? What do you skip? To each their own, and although I can’t give you all the answers, I can give you my discerning advice based on the reviews and travel gossip I have gathered while living in South America. Below are the top 4 places that I recommend visiting if you are planning a trip to South America.
One of the seven wonders of the world and amidst the tropical mountain forest of the eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu is a must-see in South America. If you are a history buff and are compassionate indigenous culture, then schedule a to Machu Picchu and travel the majestic ruins of the ancient Inca. Make sure you research your trip in advance though, as prices tend to be overly inflated if you book with non-reputable tour group.
If you are traveling to South America make sure you schedule time to visit Bolivia and the world’s largest salt flat. With the largest population of pink flamingos, and 11 billion tons of salt covering the land, you may think you have stepped off of earth and into a little slice of heaven.
Located between the Argentina and Brazil border, and UNESCO identified natural heritage is twice the size and taller than Niagara Falls. With over 275 separate waterfalls, including “The Devil’s Throat”, this is enchanting park will have you starry-eyed with awe days after visiting.
Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and bird species that look like they flew out of a book by Dr. Seuss, the Galapagos islands, located off the coast of Ecuador are a group of wildly lush islands that cannot be missed. Once again, make sure you plan your trip in advance and research a good tour group so you can get the most out of your visit.
What do you believe is a “Must-See” of South America?
I think people really forget about Patagonia because its not really the tropical, jungly destination we see when we think about South America. It is my favorite place I’ve ever been I think!