If you’re thinking of heading to South America for the first time, but are not sure where to go, fret not. While there are many places you have to visit in South America, here are some of the unique five places to see and visit in South America that you simply cannot miss.
- You could explore the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia – Located in the southwest of Bolivia, it is the world’s largest salt flats. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. Covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar at an amazing 12,000 square kilometres (4633 square miles). The strange beauty of this vast salt desert makes it one of South America’s most awe-inspiring view.
- Ogle at the River of Five Colours in Columbia – Also known as Caño Cristales, it is one of the most spectacular natural wonder in the country. Hidden in the mountain range of Serranía de la Macarena, the river mesmerizes with amazing colours from July through November in vivid yellow, green, blue, black and red shades that quiver from the bottom. The colours are caused by a unique phenomenon of a red plant growing in the riverbed called the Macarenia clavigera. Other colours come from black rocks, green algae, blue water and yellow sand, producing an iridescent effect. The river also features waterfalls, pools and caverns, making it even more exciting for curious visitors who would like to bathe in rainbows.
- You could fulfil that crave for adventure in the World’s Most Dangerous Road in Bolivia – Beginning at 15,400 feet, Bolivia’s North Yungus Road – better known as ‘The Death Road’ – is among the nation’s biggest drawcards for thrill-seeking tourists. Dubbed ‘El Camino de la Muerte’ (The Death Road) by locals, it is considered by many the most dangerous stretch of road in the world with its 40-mile journey that takes in stunning views among the rolling hills of the Amazon rainforest and mesmerising sheer drop into the canopy as two rubber tyres separate a rider from a narrow single-lane road with not much of a railing as protection.
- Swim with sea lions at Galapagos Islands in Ecuador – This is where playful sea lions and gigantic sea tortoises let visitors get up close and personal. An archipelago of about 19 islands and many smaller ones located 620 miles off Ecuador’s coast in the Pacific Ocean is a double World Heritage site (both land and sea are protected) and serves as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Each island boasts its own unique landscape, ranging from barren black, volcanic rocks to blankets of white sand beaches leading into pristine-blue waters.
- Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru – For many visitors to Peru and even South America, a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the highlight of their trip. It is the best-known archaeological site on the continent with an awe-inspiring story of an ancient city that was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. Despite many tourists flocking in, the site still manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery for all who visit.
If you’re planning to book a getaway to South America, you can try booking one of the South America Tours available. With a combination of tailor-made experience and value for money, this would ensure an amazing time while you enjoy a slice of South America and all it has to offer.