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A Trip to South America

Updated on April 9, 2014

South America is one of the Promised Lands on earth that is mostly known for its pulsating and colorful cities as well as spectacular landscapes. Enriched historical relics, architectural, archeological and natural wonders make a feeling of very strong and irresistible impulse to travel to millions of tourists. Not only these, a mixture of many cultural expressions, hot & spicy foods and intriguing people have increased the appeal of this land to a great extent. That is why income from tourism has become the key to the economy of several South American countries.

Every country of South America has some unique features itself and is worthy of a visit. Visiting may include wild life, rural and natural places like forests, beaches, mountain ranges, lakes, valleys and places with historical significance. In case you are wondering to go for a visit to South America, here is a short list that can help you to choose your destinations.

Machu Picchu – The Lost City of the Incas (Peru)

If history turns you on, then you must have to visit Peru. Historians discovered Peru as the home to one of the ancient empires- the Inca empires and Machu Picchu is identified as the lost city of this empire. According to the archeologists, the ruins are thought to be one of the most ancient and enigmatic ruins in the history. Intihuatana , the temple of the sun and three windows made this place a sacred one. While exploring through the temples, fields and terraces of Inca; you can feel the flavor of a different time.

The Iguazu waterfalls (Brazil & Argentina)

Iguazu consists of 275 discrete waterfalls and it offers the tourists to view almost all the portions once at a time. From Devil’s Throat which is surrounded by 260 degrees of the falls and has water pouring into it from three sides, tourists can enjoy a better walkways and spectacular panorama. This feature differs it from other eminent waterfalls of the world. The fall can be accessed from two main towns on either side of the falls: Foz do Iguaçu in the Brazilian sarantonello and Puerto Iguazú in the Argentine province of Misiones.

Galapagos Islands (Equador)

Forthe people who are fascinated by wild life, these geologically young Islands provide the opportunity to enjoy notable endemic creatures such as Marine Iguana and Frigate Bird . ‘The Origin of Species’ –the most innovative work ever to be published regarding evolution by Charles Darwin was based on the observation made on the Galapagos Islands. So, cruising out here is of course special and exclusive as well.

Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)

Undoubtedly, it is a great mystery of South America and is supposed to be the world’s largest salt flat composed of various layers of salt and water. When covered with water, Salar turns into one of the largest mirrors on earth. Along with these, it offers the visitors to enjoy Isla Pescada (Fish Island), train cemetery, red & green lakes, geysers to have hot baths and most of all a non-ending tranquility.

Patagonia (Argentina & Chile)

Located in the southernmost portion of South America and bordering between Argentina & Chile, Patagonia is one of the major tourist drawcards of South America. Due to a remote backpacking destination, this place has attracted increasing numbers of upmarket visitors, cruise passengers rounding Cape Horn or visiting Antarctica, and adventure and activity holiday-makers. This is an ideal place for hiking, rock and ice climbing.

Pantanal (Brazil)

It is referred to as the world’s largest freshwater wetland system covering 150,000 square kilometers. You will find here the most immense, pristine and a biologically rich environment. This place is blessed with an unparalleled flora and fauna containing hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, myriads of brightly colored flowers, and shoals of fish.

Torres Del Paine National Park (Chile)

This place offers you to enjoy some of the most breathtaking mountain sceneries you have yet to visit. The Park is encompassed with a wide variety of sceneries including the waterfalls to Lake Grey, into which a glacier feeds that produce icebergs of fantastic shapes in a surreal blue. Furthermore, on the way to the Park you will see a great many birds like rheas, guanacos etc. along with magnificent surroundings.

Lake Titicaca (Bolivia and Peru)

One of the most stunning lakes in the world that arouses a spiritual tranquility. Due to position at a very high altitude (around 3800m), it is marked as the highest commercially navigable lake of earth. On the Bolivian side of the lake you will find the fascinating town of Challapampa , home of the famous labyrinth (Chinkana) and on the Peruvian side of the lake, the sacred place of Inca civilization.

Amazon Rain Forest

It is the world's greatest remaining natural resource. If you consider the ecological diversity, then you will find here the most powerful and bioactive phenomenon of earth. Your trip to South America will remain totally incomplete unless you explore through the forest. You can access the forest from 9 South American countries. Most part of the forest is located in Brazil which is 60%, followed by Peru with 30% and with minor amounts in Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guyana and Colombia.

Hopefully, you will have the most adventurous and remarkable journey in South America.


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      Diki Bird 7 years ago from Somewhere Near You

      @ChristineVianello- I also feel like going there ASAP. South America is such a heavenly place on earth, isn't it?

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      ChristineVianello 7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Those pictures make me want to take a trip to South America ASAP

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      Diki Bird 7 years ago from Somewhere Near You

      Thanks again Fossillady for reading this hub and leaving a wonderful comment.

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      Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you for taking us on a tour of what is truly characterized as wonders of the world in South America! Beautifully assembled and written.