South America is one of the most beautiful continents on the planet and for traveler’s, it is one of those continents where every tourist will feel at home and have plenty to marvel at. From the green natural forests, white sandy beaches, snow capped mountains, treacherous jungles animal and aquatic life to the nightlife, carnivals and cuisine, South America has got plenty to offer to travelers. We have compiled a list of the top 10 destinations South America, picturesque and breathtaking destinations that will leave every tourist amazed so just read on to find out more
1 Rio De Janeiro – Brazil
Rio de janeiro is without doubt one of the top 10 destinations South America and rightfully so. Popularly known as the Cidade Maravihlosa or the Marvelous city, it is one of the most vibrant cities on the continent. The city is lined with beautiful white sand beaches, lush green rainforests, beautiful green mountains jutting out of the earth and cool blue waters of the Atlantic ocean. Rio is home to some of the world’s best wonders like the statue of Christ the redeemer, sugar-loaf mountain and Guanabara bay just to mention a few. Read more about Rio de Janeiro.
2 Machu Pichu, Peru
Located in Machu Pichu, Peru is the “lost city of the Incas”. This archaeological heaven is located high on the Andes ranges in central Peru and is surrounded by lush green peaks making it one of the most beautiful and picturesque destinations in South America. Read more about Machu Pichu.
3 Buenos Aires
Often referred to as “the Paris of South America” it is another city that full deserves a spot on our list of top 10 destinations South America. The very cosmopolitan city is located on the Rio de la plata on Argentina’s eastern coast. Buenos Aires is characterized by its diverse population comprised of people from all corners of the world, a wonderful cuisine and its European style architecture. This is the perfect city to visit when you like a mixture of cultures. Read more about Buenos Aires.
4 Patagonia, Chile/ Argentina
Patagonia, a remote location on the southern most tip of South America is one of the most beautiful destinations on the continent, receiving over 100,000 visitors annually. Patagonia is a mosaic of dramatic land forms, snow capped mountains, vast ice fields and golden pampas. The country is incredible and you definitely want to have seen it. Read more about Patagonia.
5 The Amazon rainforest.
If you love nature, animals and birds, the amazon is undoubtedly where you need to visit In the amazon, you will be able to see a variety of animals and birds like parrots, monkeys, macaws and pink dolphins as well. The amazon is full of rare animal and bird species not so common in other parts of the world like anacondas, caimans and tarantulas. This is much better then any zoo you could ever visit! Read more about the amazon rainforest.
6 Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagenia de las Indias, a Caribbean city located on Colombia’s north coast is another South American destination that stands out from most travel in destinations in South America. Cartagena is a popular destination for travelers to because of its beautiful sand beaches, Read more about Cartagena.
7 Mendoza, Argentina.
Located at the base of the Andes in Argentina, Mendoza is a heaven for wine drinkers. Mendoza with its fertile lands and irrigation schemes has proven to be a top destination for people who love wine. If you love wine you should visit here. Read more about Mendoza.
8 Easter Island, Chile.
Easter island sometimes known as Isla de Pascua is a polynesian island off the coast of Chile. The island is famous for being home to over 887 monolithic statues called moai which were created by the Rapa Nui people and they look amazing. Read more about Easter Island.
9 Galapagos islands
The Galapagos is another top destination in South America especially for animal enthusiasts. The Galapagos are a collection of small islands and the perfect way to tour the islands is by hopping on one of the numerous boat cruises available. There is nothing more fun than the trips to the numerous islands either on small boats or larger vessels. Read more about the Galapagos islands.
10 Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The area boasts of the world’s largest salt flat in the world as well as plenty of minerals but to travellers and tourists, the area is one of the best photography destinations in South America. Photographers flock this area just to take shots of the beautiful landscape. The best season to capture photos in this area is the dry season because of its limitless horizon perspective. Read more about Salar de Uyuni.
South America has got plenty more to offer to travellers but if you are talking about the top 10 destinations, the destination mentioned above stand out from the rest and regardless of the reason why you are visiting the continent, this list has just that perfect destination to suit your interest. We have tried to diversify our choice of destinations so that all types of travellers are catered for from nature lovers, photographers to party goers, holiday makers and vacationists. Next time you contemplate visiting South Aimerica, at least you know where to start from.