6 Amazing Destinations in South America
From challenging hikes to snorkeling excursions, South America is a wonderland of adventures. Here are our top 6 places to visit when travelling through this exciting continent.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is perhaps Peru’s most popular attraction, and for many travelers it is a bucket-list item just waiting to be ticked off. The Incan city is an incredible archaeological site that is unlike no other. Discovering this area comes in many forms. Choose from several treks up to Machu Picchu (around 4 days or longer), or opt for a day trip and explore the mountains when you get there – hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for stunning views over the whole area.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
For adventurers who want to explore land and sea, a Galapagos Islands Cruise is a must-do. This collection of islands is home to some extraordinary wildlife that will be waiting for you to say hello. Snorkel with sharks, turtles and seals then walk through the home of Darwin’s finches, where marine iguanas and giant tortoises roam the earth. See our recent post on Cruising the Galapagos or Wildlife in the Galapagos for more inspiration.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, is a destination that must not be skipped with visiting South America. Visit in the rainy months and you will be rewarded with spectacular vistas created by the reflections of overflowing nearby lakes. Check out our post on Bolivia’s Salt Flats to get a sense of what to expect.
Mount Fitz Roy, Argentina
With an elevation of 3,405m, Mount Fitz Roy stands high on the border of Argentina and Chile. Though the summit is extremely difficult to hike to, there are a plethora of interesting trails through the Park that allow you to explore the area and capture the picture-perfect scenery on camera.
The Amazon River
A journey to the Amazon is like no other, and there are plenty of ways to experience the jungle. Take a river boat, stay in a jungle lodge, join a canoe tour – everything here will transport you out of your comfort zone, but it’s totally worth it. Visit in the months of May to June to get the most out of the river as this is when the water levels are at their highest. Look out for pink dolphins, piranhas and toucans in addition to the stunning range of plants and insects.
Easter Island, Chile
For something a little different, add on a week or so in Easter Island. This isolated Polynesian island hardly feels like Chile but is fully enchanting. Check out the iconic Moai (stone statues carved by the Rapa Nui people), go hiking around extinct volcanoes, and scuba dive through lava caves to see plenty of marine life as well as underwater Moai. Due to the remote location, Easter Island can be a little tricky to get to but once you’re there, you’ll be glad you made the effort.
If you would like to book a trip to South America, please email Lesli@lloydstravel.com or your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent. We look forward to helping you plan your dream vacation!