In many ways, Asia has overtaken South America as the favorite backpacker destination, but you would be crazy to overlook this continent full of towering peaks, ancient civilizations and dense jungles. Added to all this, you have bustling cities and awe-inspiring landscapes aplenty. The hospitality and kindness of the people are legendary, so now is the perfect time to go and see the place for yourself. If you don’t really know where to begin, here’s a brief overview of just five of the must-visit places that this continent has to offer.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Though Niagara Falls may still hold the plaudits as the most famous waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela is nearly 1,000 meters high and is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. However, deep in Canaima National Park with no accessible roads to get here, it is a remote natural wonder that feels like it is shut off from the rest of the world. You can even take a flight to witness it from above.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
If you start to Google ‘most incredible natural wonders in South America, Salar de Uyuni will come up again and again. The world’s largest salt flat is incredibly over 10,000 square kilometers. Staying in the Hotel De Sal Luna Salada gives you great access to the area. There is a sense of being in another world when you are in this area which features smoking volcanoes, colorful lagoons, and grand deserts.
Machu Picchu, Perú
The ancient abandoned city of Machu Picchu in Peru was built in the 15th century and is one of the most iconic attractions in the world. Situated high in the Andes mountains, you can enjoy panoramic views around the area. Thousands of people flock here every year to complete a multi-day hike to finally reach the site. One way of attempting to escape the crowds is by arriving in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the peaks.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Of all the cities in South America, Rio de Janeiro is probably the one that captures the imagination of the most people. For one thing, it has the beautiful sandy beaches and crazy party atmosphere which many people love. The best views of the city come from the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue which is certainly worth visiting. The city also has the world’s largest urban forest, so hiking up into the mountains is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
An entirely different city to Rio, Cartagena de Indias features well-preserved colonial architecture that will make you feel like you have stepped back in time. The city has a very clear energy to it, and you could easily spend a few days strolling around the colorful streets.
This guide gives you a brief overview of just what a special and diverse place South America is, so hopefully, you have been inspired to take a trip yourself.