Do you want to visit South America and don’t know where to start? This short guide should help you.
South America is a large and diverse continent, with just about every type of terrain and city culture you can think of. From villages to metropolitan cities, from ancient ruins to modern marvels and rain forests, South American has it all. Here are four of the most necessary and amazing places to visit in South America.
1. Machu Picchu
Not only will you stand in awe of this ancient Incan wonder, you will also be in awe of how it was built. Machu Picchu was built before the Spanish conquistadores arrived, and it was largely left untouched for hundreds of years, so this impressive ruin is one of the most intact of its kind in the world.
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At nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, though, you will stand in marvel of how people built Machu Picchu, as the hike up to the site is a tough one (and that’s without carrying the giant stones up the mountain). Once you’re at the site, don’t forget to take in the view of the mountains as well.
2. The Amazon Rain Forest
If you’re feeling up for an adventure, the Amazon Rain Forest is the perfect place to visit in South America. The Amazon Rain Forest takes up more than seven million square miles, and it is home to one of the most bio-diverse population of animals on the planet.
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You are sure to see snakes, crocodiles, parrots and other birds, as well as a wide variety of plants and other animals. Make sure you tour with a guide or in a safe area, since it is still the jungle after all. One way to travel the forest is on an Amazon River cruise tour.
3. Rio de Janeiro
Brazil’s capital city, commonly referred to as Rio, is the place to be. Rio boasts a popular nightlife, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and one of the wonders of the modern world, the Christ the Redeemer statue. Rio offers just about everything, from breathtaking nature to a thriving metropolitan center.
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4. Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina, is often referred to as “the Paris of South America,” and rightly so. Buenos Aires is a fashionable and modern city with plenty of European influence in just about everything, from the city’s architecture to its exquisite museums. Buenos Aires is the perfect place to enjoy some quiet time at a cafe or some not so quiet time watching a soccer game in a pub.
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