South America is close to my heart. It’s a continent that offers the most amazing and thrilling places in the world. Since I’ve been travelling around this continent for more than seven years, I got to see innumerable wonders, met and befriended many locals and tasted some of the most interesting local delicacies.
Let me share with you my top favourite countries in South America and all the awesome things that you can do while you’re there.
I think for many tourists, Bolivia is known for the Salar de Uyuni. It’s that picturesque salt flat that stretches for than 4000 square miles. I’ve been here twice with some of my friends and we explored the salt flats and took a ton of crazy photos.
Aside from the salt flats, you can also go biking across the death-defying North Yungas road. It’s so scary, it’s listed as one of the scariest routes in the world. You might also want to swing by The Witches Market for some love potion or other peculiar souvenirs.
There’s so much to see in the beautiful country to Colombia. For starters, you can check our the River of Five Colors or the Caño Cristales. It’s a natural wonder hidden in the Serrania de la Macarena mountain range. True to its name, the river shows five bright colors like black, green, yellow, blue and red.
If you love seeing churches like me, you will want to include the Santuario de las Lajas to your travel itinerary when you visit Colombia. This Basilica is located in Ipiales, Nariño, Colombia. The fortress-like structure and design of the church are truly marvellous.
You should also check out the Islas del Rosario, San Andres Island, Ciudad Perdida and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to experience the rich culture of Colombia and to meet the locals.
I assure you, they’re super friendly on this side of South America. The locals are very warm and welcoming to visitors. I suggest taking a few Spanish lessons so you can communicate with greater ease.
When I first went to Peru, one of my local friends, Sofia, invited me to go on star-gazing. While I’ve tried star-gazing in so many parts of the globe, I must admit that it was quite different seeing the starry skies in Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Sofia explained that in Incan mythology, Viracocha, the creator rose up from the lake to create the heavenly bodies and the humans. Perhaps, the spiritual significance of the lake adds to its mystical and enchanting view at night.
Peru is quite perfect for adventure and history junkies because it’s the seat of power of the Incas. You can find numerous Incan ruins, such as the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Saqsaywaman, Moray and Tambomachay. Just be ready to go on long and tiring hikes.
When I was a child, I dreamt of seeing glaciers up close and personal. So I was so thrilled when I read that Argentina has glacier parks. I never thought that I’d see so many glaciers without getting frozen in the Antarctic.
During my second trip to Argentina, I made sure to visit the Santa Cruz province. Together with a local guide, I went to see the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Thankfully, my guide, Pablo knew his way around El Calafate. After spending roughly an hour on the road, we arrived at the destination. The glacier we saw was more than 70 meters high, 30 kilometers long and five kilometers wide. It’s super gigantic.
Pablo said that Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the few glaciers in the world that continues to grow each year despite the climate change problem.
There are other natural wonders that you can’t miss when you visit Argentina such as the Iguazu Falls, Mt. Aconcagua, Devil’s Throat, Nahuel Huapi Lake and multi-color formations in Quebrada de Humahuaca.
One of my best friends celebrated her bachelorette party in Brazil. It was in early March so we were able to attend the Rio Carnival. It’s a colorful and merry celebration filled with music and dancing.
We maximized our one week hen party vacay by taking a picture of the Christ the Redeemer, touring the Iguacu National Park, exploring a small section of the Amazon rain forest, and walking around the former capital of the country, the Cidade Alta.
We also had so much fun exploring the mesmerizing Brazilian beaches like Ubatuba and Jijoca de Jericoacoara.
To complete your travel experience in Brazil, you should try drinking their national liquor called Cachaca. You can get the best bottle of Cachaca in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro.
If you love sporting Havianas, Brazil is also the best place to buy a pair or two. You can choose from a variety of colors and designs since the ever famous flip-flop brand originates from this country.
South America is indeed one of my most favorite travel destinations in the world. Although I’ve been here numerous times, I never seem to get tired of seeing the places and interacting their warm locals. I’m certain that you will also love visiting this continent, most especially the five South American countries I listed above!