South America is one of those destinations that most people have somewhere on their ‘must-visit’ list. There’s a mysticism about it that pulls people in from all over the world. Whether you’re drawn by Chile’s peaks, Bolivia’s salt plains or the jungles of Brazil doesn’t matter – there is a vast earthy romance to this continent that casts a spell on all who read about it. It’s simply up to each visitor to pick which wonderful spot they want to see.
The first thing to bear in mind is that wherever you do choose, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. There are certain things that most of South America does in abundance, regardless of which country you find yourself in. From the moment you step off the plane you can be assured of breath-taking nature, dizzying cityscapes and delectable food. That makes choosing where to visit a real challenge though, so we thought we’d serve-up five particular places we’d recommend.
- Machu Pichu. Built in the 15th Century, this abandoned Incan citadel is perhaps Peru’s most famous touristic site. Sitting at almost 2,500m above sea level the journey there can be a little tiring but boy is it worth it! The views over the surrounding area, which includes the Sacred Valley, will stay with you forever. This is, quite simply, one of the continent’s most impressive features – an absolute must.
- Lake Titicaca. Also located in Peru, Lake Titicaca sits on the border with Bolivia at an eye-watering height of almost 4,000m. The largest lake in South America is also one of its most beautiful – if there was a ‘seven natural wonders of South America’, it is quite likely this body of water would be in it. Naturally, this high up it gets quite cold, so wrap up. And make sure you spend some time in the city of Puno, an intriguing city that has hugged the lake shore since the late 17th Century.
- Buenos Aires. The capital city of Argentina is one of the world’s most beguiling cities. The vast city is home to millions of people and welcomes millions more tourists each year. Home to palaces, cathedrals, even woods… this is a city that enraptures all who visit, and likely has done since its creation in the 16th Expect culture, vibrancy, music and plenty of red wine and steak – you are in Argentina after all!
- Iguassu Falls. Located on the border between Brazil and Argentina are the Iguassu Falls. Everyone’s heard of Niagara Falls, right? Well, the falls at Iguassu are even more impressive – the largest in the world in fact! Naturally there are a number of different individual falls and chasms in the area, so be sure to check out as many as you can. The showstopper is a site called The Devil’s Throat, an astonishing torrent of water that demonstrates the true power and authority of the natural world.
- Rio de Janeiro. When most people think of Brazil, they think of Rio de Janeiro. This beachside city is vast and varied and serves-up a veritable feast of cultural highlights and activities that could keep visitors entertained for months. Famous for its colour and vibrancy – as well as the famous Christ the Redeemer statue – one thing is certain: you’ll be boarding that plane home with a smile on your face and beautiful memories to savour.