When I was twelve years old, I owned a world map where I marked all the places that I wanted to visit someday. From Monaco and Tokyo to India and Egypt, I made sure to marked the spots that I only knew in magazines. A few weeks ago, I found my world map hidden inside a box with other items of sentimental value. As I carefully inspected it, I thought it was interesting how all my marks were set on Europe, Africa, Asia, and other areas except for South America.
At the time South America seemed to me so close! I did visited several cool places like Argentina, but I didn’t prioritize it like I did with other exotic places across the pond. Now, here I am, almost twenty years later, spending hours daydreaming with the continent where I grew up.
5 Places You Should Visit in South America
South America is a land of extremes with a wide range of offerings so If you are wondering where to travel, these 5 places are currently marked on my new world map. Let me know which one is your favorite one!
Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
There is not a similar place in the world like the Enchanted Islands. Known for their vast number of endemic species, the Galapagos Islands looks like it has been taken out of fairy tales.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Built atop the Andes mountains in Peru, this icon of Inca civilization is one of the seven wonders in the world. The site is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from terraces and stairways to sanctuaries and temples.
San Carlos de Bariloche appears like a Swiss village. Its picturesque architecture and natural landscapes will make you fall in love with this enchanting city. Bariloche is also the gateway to is the gateway to the hot spots for snow skiing. It’s acutely the home of one of South America’s largest ski stations.
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Iguazu Falls (Brazil)
Right on the border between Brazil and Argentina, you find the the largest waterfalls in the world. It’s a beautiful display of nature in the middle of the jungle. Just to give you an idea of its majesty, Iguazu Falls is nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls.
Torres del Paine (Chile)
Thinking of traveling to Patagonia? Torres del Paine is the place to visit! Featuring mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes, this popular landscape promises the must stunning scenery for all visitors.
What Other Place Would You Like To Visit In South America?
Wonderful list! I have many places in South America I hope to visit someday. Especially for the food.