Have you ever visited any country in South America? If your answer is no, we believe you should change that immediately. These countries have a vast diversity of beautiful sites, cultures, food, and entertainment you have to experience at least once in your lifetime. Due to this, it can be difficult to pick just one of them, so we have made a list of thing you should go and see.
Machu Picchu is a national treasure of Peru. This Incan kingdom dates back to the 15th century. It is located above the Sacred Valley and it was a secret for centuries until the early 1900s, but now it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and a large portion of it has been renovated since the 1970s with the goal of providing the original experience to the tourists. You can choose to visit the site and enjoy the view from a luxurious train, or if you are adventurous you can opt for trekking. Either way, you will get a unique glimpse into the life of this ancient civilization.
While in Peru you should also visit Lace Titicaca which is located on the border with Bolivia. Due to its elevation of 12,507 ft. it is called “highest navigable lake” in the world. The lake has a large population of birds and around 500 species of aquatic animals. According to the locals, the sun was born at this lake.
If you opt for spending your vacation in Bolivia, you must see Salar de Uyuni. It the largest salt flat in the world and it is located at almost 12,000 ft. above the sea level, near the peak of the Andes. It is cover with few meters of salt crust, and after the rain, it transforms into the world’s largest mirror. It is also an extraction site of salt and lithium (it holds from 50% to 70% of the world’s reserves of lithium). This region is also home to flamingos and the first hotel that is made of salt in the world.
Another gem of South America is the Chilean Easter Island. This region is also one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and it is known for a thousand impressive statues (moai) which were created by Rapa Nui people. Even though they attract millions of tourists every year, these headstones still remain a mystery. Once you have concluded your tour of this magnificent site, you can relax on white sand beaches and engage in a number of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and so on.
Furthermore, don’t miss the chance to visit one of the driest deserts in the world – The Atacama Desert. What makes this desert so unique is the fact that it only rains once approximately every four years. It stretches between the Andes and the Chilean Coast mountain range. This dessert is considered to be the oldest one on Earth.
If you are fascinated by natural beauties, you cannot allow yourself not to visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. You are probably already familiar with numerous species of wildlife in these islands. On your tour, you will have the chance to observe sea lions, giant tortoises or Galapagos penguins. Another thing you can explore here are the volcanos (Volcano Wolf being the highest one on the Galapagos Islands). In addition, there are 19 different islands for you to visit and enjoy the landscapes.
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To conclude, these are only some of the regions that have become immensely popular. If you are traveling to South America, you shouldn’t miss the Carnival in Brazil or a chance to try original Columbian coffee.