The Best of South America
The Best of South America
A continent of adventure, natural beauty and diversity; welcome to South America.
Travellers to this exotic destination will unlock a world of contrasts, from white sandy beaches to dense jungles, cloud catching altitudes and steaming volcanoes.
Each unique place offers its own crowning glory, so we have put together the highlights from each South American country for you to explore.
At the centre of Argentina’s natural masterpieces lies the Glaciar Perito Moreno. Measuring 30km long, 5km wide and 60m high, this winter wonderland produces up to 2 metres of ice per day resulting in massive icebergs calving off its face.
Often mistaken for rippling water in the distance, the illusion is, in fact, a blanket of Flamingos. Laguna Colorada is one of the country’s best places to see various species of the tropical bird among vast scenery and high altitudes.
With towering trees and rushing rivers, an abundance of wildlife and rich cultural connections, nothing quite compares to the Amazon Rainforest. It’s no surprise that the world’s largest tropical rainforest is renowned for its biodiversity, and its sheer size needs to be seen to be believed.
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Thought to be among the world’s driest deserts, some parts of the Atacama Desert haven’t seen rain for more than 400 years. Fringed by volcanic landscapes and salt marshes, stargazes travel from far and wide to look into the night sky from its 4000 metre elevation.
Bordered by the blissful Caribbean and framed by centuries old stone walls, Cartagena blends the best of nature and history. The city’s Old Town is UNESCO World Heritage listed and will take you on a maze like adventure through cobble stone alleys filled with colonial architecture.
Standing at 5,897 metres, Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s second highest summit and is also one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Its snow-capped peak can be seen from surrounding towns 50km away and although it hasn’t erupted in quite some time, it can be seen steaming.
There is no better way to explore the iconic Iwokrama Rainforest than on the Canopy Walkway. Hoisted 30 metres above the forest floor, a series of suspension bridges will lead you through the fauna while surrounded by leaping howler monkeys and rainbows of bird life.
It’s no surprise why Ybycuí National Park is Paraguay’s most visited park. Swim beneath waterfalls, trek through lush green rainforests abuzz with animal life and visit ancient ruins.
Grand, mysterious and offering epic panoramic mountain views, be swept into the history books as you explore the Andes Mountains in the ancient and breathtaking Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.
If you’re visiting South America with the intention of hiking, Mount Kasikasima is one of the lesser known yet most stunning walks on offer. Not for the faint hearted, the challenging 600 metre hike is well worth the effort for the unspoilt 360 degree views that wait at the summit.
Vibrant and eclectic, the beachside capital Montevideo is the centrepiece of the country’s best beaches. Sit back, relax and soak up some rays before exploring all the city has to offer.
Home to the world’s tallest waterfall at 979 metres high, Angel Falls is both otherworldly and mesmerising. Located in the highlands, there’s nothing quite like standing beneath the falls as the water plummets to Earth.