The South American continent is a popular tourist destination offering a wide selection of rich culture, breathtaking views and unique experiences for visitors. From the Caribbean coast, to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro there is definitely something suited for everyone in this marvellous continent. If you’re only around for a short period of time, consider the following destinations before jetting back home.
Swing at the end of the world, Ecuador
Also known as the Casa del Arbol or ‘Treehouse’ this one is definitely for those who want an adrenaline rush, and a good shot for their travel album. The Ecuadorian forest is home to a single swing hanging from a cliff-side treehouse, which is also an impressive tourist destination. In the near distance is a majestic view of Mt. Tungurahua which is an active volcano covered with beautiful trees and foliage. No safety net, no harness and a whole lot of adrenaline awaits.
Inca Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru
This popular trek is considered one of South America’s major tourist attractions. Retrace the steps from one of Peru’s oldest ancient civilisations which will take between 2-3 days to complete. The trek’s are taken in small groups, and a local tour guide explaining everything from the ancient city built in the 15th Century. Don’t forget to pack your camera!
Ipanema Beach, Brazil
This little part of the world is well known for it’s strip of clear waters and attracts travellers from all walks of life. You can hike, swim and relax in this family friendly atmosphere with perfect weather year round. The iconic boardwalk is a must if you’re passing through Ipanema, and there is much occupy yourself with since soccer and volleyball games are always on with the locals.
The Amazon, Amazon Basin (runs through numerous countries)
The amazing Amazon Rainforest is a must for any lover of the great outdoors. The best time to visit is generally May through to June since these are the least rainiest months and will offer good weather for travellers. Jungle lodges are located throughout the rainforest, many offering a chance to sleep there overnight. Boat rides, tree climbing and fishing are other fun activities for your stay in the Amazon.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Bolivia’s world famous salt flats are located in the southwest region of the country and are just one of the many highlights in South America. The unique terrain sees the sky and ground reflect onto each other, and as such make for a great experience and one of a kind travel photos. There are many small tours which explore this area and give travellers a unique experience to get up close and personal with the infamous salar de uyuni.
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By Felicia Sapountzis