Explore The Beauty of South America
Considering how vast and diverse South America is, it may seem like a confusing and even stressful task to plan a trip to this part of the world. There is so much to choose from, so many different experiences and things to enjoy, when in South America and this is why today we decided to make your life a bit easier and offer our recommendations on different parts of South America you are most probably going to enjoy a lot in case you are looking for an experiencing a distinctive culture, enjoying the buzz of the big city, or taking a walk to discover breath-taking and awe-inspiring nature. Because South America is offering an unforgettable journey for every travel style and budget.
Road Trips: The Uruguayan Coast
Do you dream of going on an inspirational journey, where you can ride all day, leaving the wind play with your hear through the open windows of the car, listening to music and stopping every now and then to enjoy the world surrounding you? Then the Uruguayan Coast is right up your alley, offering breath-taking views around every corner, where you can feel the ultimate freedom and inspiration.
A 300km road trip following this long and scenic coastline proves that Uruguay worth visiting not only for the country’s quirky and exciting capital Montevideo. Simply hop to Ruta 10 and leave the wind guide you through a bunch of extra beautiful and laid-back beach towns and villages. One of the mandatory stops along the way is Punta del Este, where the rich and wealthy locals are gathering to enjoy the beauty of the nature surrounding. A short drive will lead you to the equally beautiful La Pedrera and Cabo Polonio, where you can fully experience the Uruguayan authentic simple charm and relaxed atmosphere.
True Adventure: Patagonia
Offering more than 1 million square meters of scenic steppes, craggy and snow-dusted mountain peaks, one of the South America’s prides, Patagonia, is where the highest saturation of glaciers on the continent is, which make it up for one of the most adventurous areas in this part of the world and certainly a must-see! In case you are a fan of hiking, you will find the jagged ridges particularly exciting while enjoying the milky waters of the surrounding lakes. So make sure to explore the beauty of Torres del Paine National Park, or drive along the only road in the region, the remote and enchanting Carretera Austral. Just a few other must-sees included in this journey are the Argentinean Monte Fitz Roy, the Chilean fjords, Beagle Channel, Cape Horn.
Awe-inspiring Scenery: Canaima National Park, Venezuela
Adventure and unbeatable beauty, this is what the quirky, two-billion-years-old, extra enchanting table-top mountains of Canaima National Park in Venezuela, near the Brazilian-Guyana border, offer. So if you are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime view, this is the right place to head to. This part of South America definitely deserves the title of one of the strangest sceneries, while a strange and rare species of wildlife and flora can be added to the mix.
You can experience and see all of the above mentioned mostly on the top of Mount Roraima, which is one of the most accessible, but still a great adventure for experienced hikers. Considering this is one of the most humid and wettest places on Earth, there is not a rare thing to find carnivorous plants and tiny prehistoric pebble toads along the way. Go further into the park, where the surreal landscapes make the place to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world – Angel Falls.
Culture: Buenos Aires, Argentina
There is no doubt that the Argentinean capital is one of the most distinctive and quirky cities in the world in the context of culture and authentic atmosphere. Only a few capital cities in the world can compete to the elegance, passion and allure of Buenos Aires, so this is the perfect place to start learning about the really special and magical culture of South America. While luxurious and European-style architecture is dotted around the whole city, a great number of distinctive urbanistic designs are helping you experience the authentic spirit of the country. When visiting Buenos Aires, you will experience yourself that the roots of one of the symbols of Argentina – the tango – are still running deep with a great number of dance halls called milongas here and the famous Museum Casa Carlos Gardel and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.
Wine Tasting: the Colchagua Valley, Chile
Chile is definitely cementing its fame and reputation for one of the most luscious and vibrant wine-making regions of the world and it is hard to think that there is a better wine producer than the South American country, when you enjoy a glass of the sun-soaked, amazingly delicious and elegant local wine produced at the Colchagua Valley. The award-winning Carmenere is definitely the signature grape of Chile, so make sure to hop on a three-hour ride away south of Santiago, where you can enjoy wine tasting and fine dining in its best shape and form. The unique, sun-soaked setting of the valley is further adding to the whole experience, making it a once-in-a-lifetime joy!
Wildlife: Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Just a 30-minute flight from La Paz, or an 18-hour bus ride for the more adventurous ones, you will reach to the dusty streets of Rurrenabaque, which is your starting point for exploring some of the continent’s most impressive and astounding wildlife. From here you have two options and we would actually recommend you hopping on them both, but for a start, you have to choose one of them – trekking through the dense heat of Parque Madidi, one of South America’s most diverse and magnificent rainforests, or boating along the waters of the nearby pampas. However, no matter if you are choosing the explore the jungle or the wetlands, you can expect a jaw-dropping diversity of wildlife and species you are most probably not going to see anywhere in the world, like brightly coloured toucans, fear-triggering caimans, a roar of noisy monkeys echoing for miles and more!
Historic Landmarks: the Sacred Valley, Peru
In case you know nothing about South America, there is no way you haven’t heard about Machu Picchu and only a few tourists can help but make their way to the continent’s most popular historic symbol. So make sure to be part of the crowd, because it definitely worth it, and head to Peru’s Sacred Valley and the four-day Inca Trail, or the five-day Salkantay and four-day Lares treks as alternatives. However, if you are a true adventurer, you are probably going to enjoy the two-day trek to Choquequirao, which will lead you along the breath-taking Inca terraces and stone stairways, which emerge soaked in enigma and fog.