Thinking of traveling to South America? Fantastic!
Before you plan your trip, read through our list of 10 Must-Visit Places to Visit. Our team of travel experts voted on their 10 favorite places – below is the list in order of popularity.
10. Tijuca Forest, Brazil
One of the largest urban rainforests in the world, Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. Along with numerous other attractions, Tijuca is possibly most famous for its Christ the Redeemer Statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. See this world famous site on one of our Brazil tours.
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9. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia, drawing visitors from around the globe throughout the year.
8. Maipo Valley, Chile
The Maipo Valley is nestled between two mountain ranges, the Andes and the Coastal Mountains. Winemaking within the region varies from small, family-run vineyards to large scale multi-million-litre production centers. Whatever your taste, the Maipo Valley region will have the wine that best suits you.
7. Copacabana, Brazil
Located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana is known for its 4km beach, one of the most famous in the world. There are historic forts at both ends of Copacabana beach: Fort Copacabana, built in 1914, is at the south end by Posto Seis and Fort Duque de Caxias, built in 1779, at the north end. Hotels, restaurants and bars all flank the beach. Whether you’re looking to relax, party, or just have a good time, Copacabana has something for everyone.
6. Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
A large, deep lake located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca sits in the Andes at a surface elevation of over 12,000 feet. The lake hosts 41 islands, many of which are densely populated. A visit to Lake Titicaca is a real treat for discerning travelers, don’t miss it when you visit South America.
5. Coffee Region, Colombia
Wildlife, dense forests, coffee, what more could you ask for? The coffee triangle in Colombia is home to some of the best coffee plantations in the world, and offers visitors the chance to stay at local haciendas with a unique perspective of the country. See the tall palm trees that are seemingly taken from a Dr. Seuss book, and taste some of the finest coffee you’ll ever sip.
4. Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina
Located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls is one of the most unique waterfalls in the world. The falls can be viewed from both sides of the border, and during the rainy season they offer visitors stunning scenery. Whether viewing the falls from above or below, Iguazu Falls is not to be missed on a trip to South America.
3. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
One of the most picturesque destinations in the world, the salt flats of Bolivia are becoming increasingly popular to travelers from all walks of life. Salar de Uyuni is over 10,582 square kilometers, making it the largest salt flat in the world.
2. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
See some of the most unique wildlife in the world in the Galapagos Islands. Charter a flight out of Quito and embark on a cruise to see the best of the islands – from the famous sea lions to the blue-footed booby to the giant tortoise, the wildlife in the Galapagos is unmatched.
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
As difficult to get to as it is beautiful, visiting Machu Picchu is truly a once in a lifetime experience. You can hike the Inca Trail or take a train depending on your fitness level. Be sure to visit in the early morning hours, the best time to take pictures and capture the view of the ruins.
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