When you enter the land of the Amazon, you know you’re going to be treated to a rewarding sight or two. Even the best places to visit in South America come at a cost though, they’re not for the fainthearted. Do you have what it takes to visit the 10 best places in South America?
1. Amazonia, Ecuador
The Amazon forest covers almost 40% of the entire South American continent. You’re bound to run into it at some point on your trip down South. The Ecuadorian capital city of Quito is the best place to enter the forests. If you do decide to venture into the forests, you will have to suck it up and be brave while also welcoming visits from monkeys, tarantulas, and caimans.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
These are the largest salt flats anywhere on Earth. When you do visit Salar de Uyuni (and you should as soon as you can), you are left speechless when heaven and earth become one. The vastness of more than 100,000 sq kilometers leaves you spellbound and the spectacular beauty will have you judging your own eyes.
3. Angel Falls, Venezuela
The indigenous Premon tribe have named the Angel falls, Perepakupai (the deepest falls) and with good reason. It is the highest uninterrupted falls on the planet located in the Canaima National Park. If you are brave enough to trek all the way to the base of the falls not only are you a sight you might never forget, the trek itself rewards you with several interesting views. We won’t lie, it’s tough out there, but worth every drop of sweat.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
The Incan’s built a kingdom in Peru that the world loves to adore. One of the most exciting, adventurous and mysterious locations on the list of 10 best places to visit in South America. Hidden high in the Peruvian mountains get on your Indiana Jones hat and find out if you can solve the mysteries.
5. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
It was Charles Darwins’ visit to this fantastic island that led to the formation of his theory of evolution. If you love animals and want to see what they’re truly like in nature, you must visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. It’s also home to some of the oldest species of animals the Galapagos Tortoise.
6. Eje Cafetero, Columbia
We all know about the delicious coffees in South America, but can you imagine spending your days in a large coffee plantation? That’s exactly what’s on offer in Eje Cafetero. Try your handing at growing some coffee, or hike through the plantations. Hike up the trails to the top of hills or go horseback riding among the trees. Your options in Eje Cafetero are unlimited.
7. Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
The cheerful nature and sunny disposition of the locals at Lake Titicaca will leave you pleasantly surprised. Their colorful clothing and thatched hut houses take you to a different era. Boating around on the lake is fairly easy on the wallet and lying under the stars staring at the untarnished milky way at night is absolutely free.
8. Banos, Ecuador
Home to the swing at the end of the world, Banos is the mecca for backpackers. If adventure sports is your thing, you have plenty of options to choose from. Climbing, rafting, hiking, even biking up treacherous terrain is a must. If you love a thrill, you’ll love Banos.
9. Easter Islands, Chile
The Moai stone figures call the Easter Islands their home. We still are not sure, why or how they built these giant statues, but you can still enjoy the view. Once you’ve soaked in the Polynesian culture, you can go back to the beach and head in the crystal clear waters for some snorkeling, scuba diving and more. A true tropical paradise for the sun lovers.
10. Rio De Janerio, Brazil
Rio De Janerio makes its way to the 10 best places to visit in South America only for bustling nightlife. After slumming it out in the woods on the rest of your trip, you’d love to just soak in the sun and watch the beautiful people of Rio De Janerio. You still have the option of heading back into the woods though as they’re right next door.