South America is an interesting sub-continent to tour, with a lot of attractions. It features beautiful rainforests, scenery, wildlife galore, rivers and waterfalls and bustling cities. You can be certain to experience a memorable time here by taking a South America tour of its top ten most fascinating locations.
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
The lost Machu Picchu Inca city is a must-see area for anyone visiting South America. You can access it by hiking the 33km long, impressive Inca trail or simply catching the train there. The surrounding region called Sacred Valley has a lot to offer, among which are the eye-catching Inca citadels of Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Cusco marks a start-off point for a majority of trips taken into the Sacred Valley. It is possibly the most prominent archaeological site of the Americas, apart from being a once capital city of Inca Empire. It makes this entire region a paradise for lovers of history.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The Salar de Uyuni looks stunning, lying on the southwest corner of Bolivia, having numerous beautiful landscapes. It is the world’s largest salt flat and sits at altitude of roughly 3650m above sea level. Tourists can take 4×4 safaris right from Uyuni, which take in salt flats (that includes spending a night inside a salt hotel), multiple volcanoes, hot springs, colored lakes, geysers, llamas, alpacas, flamingos and apparently endless spectacular landscapes.
3. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are volcanic islands of Ecuador which lie 1000km off its west coast and many nature lovers consider the spot some kind of paradise. It is home to marine iguanas, giant tortoises as well as hundreds of different bird species, with wildlife spotting being the main attraction of this site. A majority of tourists spend between 4 and 8 days cruising around islands by boat. This by far is the best way of getting up close to a majority of wildlife species. Scuba diving of special kind is available here too.
4. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Standing at 979m high and plunging down 807m, the Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest waterfall. People taking a South America tour can find it within Canaima National Park within the country’s south east corner. One requires taking a 45-minute flight from Cuidad Bolivar to Canaima first, before taking between 5 and 8 hours more (relative to levels of water) by boat upstream to find the falls. For the best views, one can best visit this site during the wet season. This falls in-between June and September, yet in reality, any time is great to tour it.
5. Cuidad Perida, Colombia
The Tayrona Indians built the Cuidad Perida in-between 8th and 14 centuries. Joining a 6-day tour spanning for 52km is the only way of visiting the lost city. One spends the initial 3 days on trek to the lost city, 1 day while exploring the site, with the 2 remaining days being reserved for trekking back to the starting point. Although not a significant part of the city in its original state remains, the onsite views and location are worth including in your South America tour.