South America, theland of gargantuan mountains, ancient civilizations and thickrainforest, is the ideal destination for anyone looking for a real adventure. The Latin continent features practically everything you could imagine: colonial towns, vibrant cities, tranquil lakes, rumbling volcanoes, age-old traditions and, more importantly, some of the friendliest people on the planet.
If you are looking for a reliable tour operator in South America to plan your next vacation, don’t forget to ask them to add at least one of these following places to their itineraries.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly one of the finest places in South America to explore. Tourists fall in love with the ‘CidadeMaravilhosa’ (Marvellous City) because of its great beaches and the crazy parties it has to offer. Here you’ll also get an opportunity to experience a wonderful combination of Latin and African culture as well asfirst-rate hiking and outdoors activities. The city also features the world’s largest urban forest,Floresta da Tijuca, which boasts some beautiful mountains and views. Rio de Janeiro has multiple hiking routes, so it’s recommended that you climb up high and see the city from up above.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina:
Iguazu Falls in Argentina is one of the great wonders of the world, boasting over 250 waterfalls surrounded by the tropical rainforest of Brazil and Argentina. The Argentina side is most recommended for visiting, as you’ll get up close & personal with the falls. Taking a boat ride will take you even closer – bring something waterproof as you’re guaranteed to get wet! The Brazil side offers a more distant experience allowing you to see the falls from afar, before approaching the climactic Devil’s Throat waterfall by walkway, with the chance to stand close to the falling water (but not too close!)
Tayrona Park, Colombia:
Home to the native Tayronapeople until the fifteenth century, this national park is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. The wild nature of this place will enchant you. The beaches found here are staggeringly beautiful, and enclosed by rolling green hills. You can also explore the many archaeological sites concealed in the dense woodland, or scuba dive in the crystal waters around Cabo San Juan.
If you love visiting isolated places, then don’t forget to put Ushuaia on top of your list. The capital city of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is known to be the southernmost city on the globe. Nestled between the mountains next to a bay, Ushuaia is really charming when it isn’t windy or cloudy. The Ex penal settlement boasts a museum & it is a great place to see seals, orca whales,and penguins.
Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia):
Located in the Andes, approximately 3,700m above sea level, Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. Located in western Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is covered by a thick crust, which releases salt that is processed and forms brine when wet. A location off the beaten track, it is also the main breeding ground for flamingos. Play around with the warped perspective that the flat horizon gives in photos, and watch the sky reflect perfectly off the mirror-surface of the water.
South America offers truly unique natural wonders to discover and explore. Whether it is turquoise oceans, tropical wildlife, white sandy beaches or a joyful and culturally rich people, South America has it all. A reputed South American Tour Operator is all you need to explore all the above-mentioned destinations firsthand.