Machu Picchu, Peru
This remains of ancient civilization in Peru has to be one of the most widely known tourist destinations in South America. This stunning sacred city and archaeological masterpiece was built in the 15th century by the Incas. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Settled at almost 8,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains, Machu Picchu is Instagram-worthy vistas. Gear up for a hike in the Inca Trail to enjoy the path the Inca´s used to trade centuries ago.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
These archipelagos of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean of the Ecuadorian coast are on every traveller’s bucket list for the stunning clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches along with the unique biodiversity of the islands. The islands are also famous for helping Charles Darwin develop his theory of natural selection. As the remote islands lie around 600 miles off of the coast of Ecuador, getting here will be an expensive ride. Dive into the sea to enjoy the colorful marine life and experience wonderful biodiversity.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is culturally active, vibrant and lively one in the continent with some of the most passionate football fans from the world. The city's cultural and recreational portfolio is immense,with hundreds of theatres, craft markets, museums, libraries and art galleries. The coffee houses, music shows, discos, clubs and restaurants of every kind are spread around the city and open throughout the year. Shop around, explore the National Museum of Fine Arts, or catch a horse race at the Palermo Hippodrome or simply enjoy the pleasure of sipping an espresso and snacking on churros at a cozy café.
Easter Island, Chile
The mysterious Easter Island, locally known as Rapu Nui, is about 3,200 km off of the coast of Chile and enchants adventurers with its distinctive moai statues. These curious stone statues can be found throughout the island. The place is listed in UNESCO World Heritage site as Rapa Nui National Park. Don't forget to plan your trip considering the isolation and travel time. Hire a local guide to not miss the most-see locations and get accurate information.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
One of the most beautiful national parks in the world, Torres del Paine is a wonderland and different planet altogether. This remote national park in Chilean Patagonia isn't easily accessible, but the ice fields of Grey Glacier and the soaring peaks of the Cuernos del Paine any hurdles worth the trip. The 448,000-plus acres of diverse land to explore, visitors will find boredom near impossible. Some of Torres del Paine's most popular trails include the challenging W Trek which includes a multi day feat past stunning lakes, mountains and glaciers and the Mirador Las Torres hike for an easy go. Before venturing into the wild, be sure to stock up on essentials in a nearby city like Puerto Natales.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa or Marvelous City, this glimmering Brazilian city is certainly up to its title. Resting at the mouth of a bay harbor, the city is lined with white-sand beaches, lush rainforests, a party atmosphere, vibrant culture, top hiking trails, sports, samba and surrounded by staggered green mountains. Rio de Janeiro boasts dramatic views from nearly every angle. Schedule your trip during the festivals and carnivals to see the soul of the city and don't miss a picture with Christ the Redeemer in your background.
Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
The clear reflecting salt lakes in Bolivia are among some of the most beautiful instagrammable places on earth. This place is so popular, chances are you might have seen them in multiple travelers' feed. But no matter how much you´ve read about it, how many pictures and videos you´ve seen about this magical wonderland, nothing will prepare you for such an amazing experience and the vastness and hugeness of this never-ending sea of white, and how small you’ll feel in comparison. The surreal scenery is other-worldly and could be taken straight out of a fantasy movie. But there is not much to do in this area other than the salt.
Amazon Rainforest, Brazil and Peru
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest one on Earth and spans over a 5.5 million square kilometres through 9 different South American countries, Brazil and Peru being the most prominent and accessible ones. This region offers untamed wilderness and over 40,000 species of plants, thousands of bird species, over 400 mammals and 2,5 million different insects, which make it the ideal destination for nature lovers. Don't bore yourself with jungle walk, instead add thrill by undertaking different sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing, as well as visiting the local communities in quaint indigenous villages. The rainforest is way too vast, so plan the trip with caution and don't wander around alone.
While Medellin is a very beautiful city to roam around and enjoy the Columbian coffee, the real Narcos fan knows where to visit, the La Catedral Jail. The tour of this jail where Pablo Escobar, the notorious Colombian drug lord, lived gives you a knowledge of the city's past. Escobar had a colossal influence on Medellin’s culture and history. This tour delves deeper into Escobar’s infamous life. While you receive an unbiased account of Medellin's turbulent history, make a visit to significant sites such as the Los Olivos district, Guatapé, 13 graffiti and many more.
Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador
Sitting right in the center of the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere, the Mitad del Mundo is truly the middle of the world. It is literally a place like no other. The ‘equatorial line’ is marked by the huge Monumento de la Mitad del Mundo. It is a large monument with a globe on top, and a museum explaining how the line was marked back in 1736. If you think that the equatorial line is all there is to Mitad del Mundo, you couldn’t be further from the truth. From humongous monuments to cool model villages, interactive museums, and markets, there is a lot to discover at the Mitad del Mundo, and it’s a great way to spend a day in Ecuador.