South America is a magnificent continent filled with vibrant culture, diverse wildlife and unparalleled natural wonders. From the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu to the second longest river in the world – The Amazon – you will surely be in awe of the picturesque landscapes and scenery. Here, we’ve chosen 8 wonders that South America has to offer. Don’t forget to add your favorites to your BuckitDream list and share your selfies on Facebook and Instagram!
Trek the Tropical jungles to Machu Picchu (Peru) Built around 1450 (but not known to the outside world until 1911), Machu Picchu is Peru’s most iconic Inca fortress. It can be compared to the Taj Mahal and the Pyramid of Giza as a symbol of wonder and fascination. Located in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, it is probably one of the most incredible urban creations of the Inca Empire.
This religious and astronomical center consists of around 200 structures, and it can take at least 4 days to hike to this lost city. The trek will be without a doubt worth it, as the stunning architectural complex and surrounding rich flora and fauna will leave you in awe. Just remember to plan your trip in order to get acclimated to the higher altitudes.
Marvel at Mother Nature’s Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil) These falls are the largest waterfall systems in the world, and the power and noise of the cascades will surely make your jaw drop. They lie between Brazil and Argentina, with the river flowing more through Brazil and most of the falls on the Argentine side. You can take a boat tour, as well as walk over several viewing points, for a fun and adventurous day trip. This precious natural wonder will most likely leave a mark in your memory forever and for this reason, is not to be missed.
Reflect in the Mirrors of Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) Bolivia is home to the world’s largest salt flats and is probably one of the most phenomenal landscapes you’ll set your eyes on. Lakes nearby overflow during certain times of the year, producing a thin layer of water on the flats that result in a striking reflection of the sky (which is why Salar de Uyuni is also known as the ‘World’s Largest Mirrors’). To experience this unique and spectacular vista, it’s best to book a tour in advance, and if you want to see the mirror effect, then rainy season (December to April) is the best time to go.
Sail Along the Mighty Amazon River The Earth’s mightiest river starts in Peru and flows through to Brazil and Colombia. The Amazon River is one of the most important systems in the world, as it provides 20% of the world’s freshwater and more than 20% of the world’s oxygen is provided by the Amazonian rainforest. As you cruise along the river you’ll see the incredible wildlife and experience the astounding scenery and greenery.
Wrap Up and See the Glaciers at Perito Moreno (Argentina) Discover nature at its finest at the glaciers of Perito Moreno. Standing 5 km long and over 60 meters above sea level, then this is the place to go if you want to see unspoiled nature. Of all the glaciers in Patagonia, this one has to be the most amazing. What makes this glacier different from others is the roar of the ruptures when the ice carves off and transforms into floating icebergs in the water. Walking along the glacier is an unforgettable experience – or you can get a beautiful panoramic view by boat.
Take a Selfie with a Fur Seal at Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) If you love nature then this island, which is around 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, is a must-see. The undisturbed nature and rare, calm and fearless wildlife means that you will be able to get up close for the perfect picture. Snorkeling with the turtles, gazing at colonies of marine iguanas basking in the sun and taking a boat to experience the natural beauty of the archipelago are just some of the incredible activities you can get involved in.
Stargaze at the Clearest Skies in the Atacama Desert (Chile) In today’s world where people are constantly engrossed in their technology, it takes something really spectacular for everyone to look up from their phones. The skies above the Atacama Desert will do just that, and with several observatories and telescopes available to visitors, you will be able to admire the Southern Hemisphere constellations and other celestial wonders.
Hike the ‘Jewel of All Cloud Forests’ at Monteverde Cloud Forest (Costa Rica) Monteverde (also known as Green Mountain) is one of the most well-developed and maintained natural attractions of Costa Rica. This magnificent, expansive and large reserve has multiple trails that you can explore all day. Walking through the lush jungle, you will be able to appreciate the unique beauty of the Cloud Forest. Take a tour and see the vast wildlife and plants for a truly outstanding natural experience.
A journey to South America will be filled with rich history, culture, captivating scenery and impressive wildlife. These wonders are without a doubt bucket list-worthy, and are just some of the reasons to explore this side of the world. Don’t forget to Lose Yourself in Patagonia while you’re there!