South America is fast becoming a favourite destination and tour operators and travel companies are jumping on board, making it easy to plan your trip. Already a hotspot for adventure-seekers, wildlife enthusiasts and culture buffs will also find a slice of South America to fall in love with.
But, with so many landscapes, cities and countries to choose from, just where do you start when choosing where to visit in South America? That’s where my round-up guide comes in. I’ve tracked down some of South America’s most memorable experiences to inspire you. Check out this guide and let me know where you most want to visit in South America.
Watch wildlife in the Galapagos Islands
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you should flock to the Galapagos Islands for wildlife you really won’t have seen before. Lying off the coast of Ecuador, this chain of volcanic islands is home to several endemic species, so wildlife watching here really is something you couldn’t experience anywhere else – think tortoises, mockingbirds and even a tropical penguin! Book a local guide to get the most out of your adventure.
Hike up to Machu Picchu in Peru
The trail to Machu Picchu is well-trodden, but for good reason. A historical attraction as breathtaking as this simply had to make it onto my list of where to visit in South America. If you’re brave enough to tackle one of the ancient Inca trails, you’ll be rewarded at the top with the chance to step back in time to the ruins of the Incan citadel, surrounded by staggering mountain views. For the less active, you can also reach Machu Picchu by coach or train.
However, you get there, keep a close eye on the weather forecasts. Sunrise and sunset offer some seriously special views up here, but low cloud could be a dampener if it restricts your view.
Enjoy an action-packed adventure in Argentina
From glaciers to waterfalls to lakes, Argentina is home to beautiful landscapes with views you’ll instantly want to soak up. If you prefer your holidays action-packed, head up into the Andes to make the most of the mountain scenery and brilliant opportunities to ski. The famed Iguazú Falls are also well worth a visit if you fancy a twin-centre trip. And, of course, when in Argentina, what better way to end the day than with a glass of local wine?
See the sights in Chile
Chile’s Atacama Desert is so much more than just an expanse of searing sand. It’s actually the world’s driest desert, with powerful vistas to match the title. And despite the harsh conditions, both people and wildlife have flourished here for years, making the Atacama Desert a cultural experience too.
If National Parks are your thing, then the mighty stacks of granite in Torres del Paine National Park will also wow you. Or, for Chilean views that are more metropolitan than wild, head up Sky Costanera. At the top, you’ll enjoy panoramic views over the capital of Santiago.
Love hiking through the wilderness, forests and canyons? Then you’ll love this guide to what to do in five of the USA’s most beautiful National Parks.
Hike through the rainforest in Costa Rica
Whether or not Costa Rica technically falls in South America might be debated, but it’s definitely on the doorstep. And with so much to offer, Costa Rica is simply too good to miss off this list. With lush landscapes and dense jungle comes incredible biodiversity and the opportunity to see exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. Book a guided excursion and look out for hummingbirds, monkeys and even sloths while you trek.
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