The 10 Best Places To Visit In South America

Travelling South America is an experience that everyone needs to tick off on their bucket list. From visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World, spending a couple nights on a private island getaway, trekking through the Minca jungle and diving into the local South American culture, find out our top places to visit in South America.

NO.1 MACHU PICCHU, PERU

Visiting Machu Picchu in Peru has to be the number one best thing to do on your travels in South America. Take a guided tour around the ancient site surrounded with lush vegetation, high in the Andes Mountains, and enjoy spending the day at this spectacular seven wonder of the world. A real once in a lifetime experience that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

View of Machu Picchu, Peru

NO.2 CARTEGENA, COLOMBIA

The Unesco World Heritage Site of Cartegena’s Old Town in Colombia is a unique and beautiful place to visit on your travels in South America. The streets are full of character, made up of cobbled alleyways, colourful buildings, and spectacular churches that will honestly leave you speechless. Taste some of the local cuisine at the quirky restaurants and sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Church and colourful buildings of Cartagena, Colombia

NO.3 SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA

Salar, meaning ‘flat’ in Spanish and Uyuni, the name of the closest town, makes up the name of the world's largest salt flat. It’s hard to imagine, but it’s so big that it’s equivalent to 150 countries, and covers 12,000 sq km - crazy, right?! Spend a day visiting the Salar de Uyuni and take in the spectacular surroundings. You don’t want to miss out this stop on our South America travels.

Sala De Uyuni, Bolivia

NO.4 MINCA JUNGLE, COLOMBIA

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the nature and wildlife that South America has to offer, a visit to Minca Jungle is an absolute must! Spend a few days staying in the heart of the jungle, where you can enjoy waking up to the sound of birds singing, and the sun rising over the emerald green jungle. Get off the beaten track and explore some of of the impressive waterfalls and viewpoints to really make the most of your experience here.

Looking out at the view - Minca jungle

NO.5 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

One of the best and most popular places to visit in South America is Rio de Janeiro. A real hot spot for all travellers who love a mixture of beach and city life as well as immersing into different cultures. There is a real mix of African- European culture within Rio as well as the opportunity to set off on adventurous excursions such as hiking up the surrounding hill-side mountains and taking a selfie at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. A box-ticking city stop off!

View overlooking Rio De Janeiro

NO. 6 LAKE HUMANTAY, PERU

Take a 3-4 hours bus journey from Cusco to arrive at yet another incredible natural beauty in the heart of Peru. Also known as Laguna Humatay by the locals, Lake Humantay is located over 4000 metres up in the Andes, and it’s regarded as a sacred and spiritual area to the Incas. Spend the full day trekking taking in the majestic scenery, snow-capped mountains, lush green landscapes and the stunning turquoise coloured lake.

View of Lake Humantay

NO.7 ISLA ROOTS, COLOMBIA

Calling all beach lovers, get ready for the complete paradise getaway! Hop on a boat and head for paradise - Islas De San Bernado, a group of islands 2 hours away from Cartagena. Whether you prefer chilling out and soaking up the sun with your favourite book, or getting your adrenaline fix waterskiing and wakeboarding across the ocean, there is something for everyone. You will never want to leave this dreamy island in Colombia.

Birds eye view of Isla Roots, Colombia

No.8 INCA TRAIL, PERU


Another bucket list ticking experience is trekking the famous Inca Trail in Peru! Get your walking boots at the ready as this trek truly is, like no other. It’s often difficult to apply for your Inca trail pass, but come and join us on our Inca - Adventure where your Inca pass is included in the tour!

Inca Trail view point, Peru

No. 9 ANGEL FALLS, VENEZUELA

Located in the Canimara National Park, Venezuela is not only one of the best places to visit in South America but is the world's most uninterrupted waterfalls on earth. It’s a bit tricky to travel to as you will need to get a flight to Canaima because there are no surrounding roads, but it’s definitely worth splashing the cash as it’s an incredible, breath-taking experience.

Angel Falls

No. 10 THE CANOPY WALK, AMAZON, PERU


You could easily spend months exploring the Amazon, but for most of us who don’t have all the time in the world, still making time for a short visit is well worth it! The Amazon runs through Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of places you can stop off to experience this natural beauty, so make sure you visit here at least.

Canopy walk, Amazon, Peru

 

Are you ready to kick-start planning your adventure in South America? We're here to help you plan the trip of a lifetime, so have a read of our Complete Colombia Travel Guide and come and chat to us for more info on our live web chat email us on info@trutravels.com. We don't bite ;)

 

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