South America Must-see Sites
Must-see Sites of South America:
- Stargazing in the Atacama Desert
- Cruising through the Amazon Rainforest
- Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
- Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
- Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina
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South America is a continent of contrasts, from epic waterfalls to desert sand dunes, glaciers as big as a city, ancient archaeology and of course, the almighty Amazon Rainforest. With all of this, and more, sprawled across multiple cultures and endlessly varied landscapes, the highlights of South America are many, and almost impossible to pack into one single tour.
Highlights of South America
Here at Surtrek we have handpicked some of the best South American itineraries and most famous sites of Peru, Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere, bringing you a list of undeniable Latin America highlights to choose from. Depending on your age and interests, a tailormade South American adventure awaits, one that’s perfect just for you. For anyone fascinated by history and culture, visit Peru’s Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Arequipa to see Inca archaeology like nowhere else. Outdoor adventure lovers will delight in the adrenaline sports of Chile, Bolivia’s salt flats and rivers, or Colombia, with its jungle trails, watersports and world-class scuba diving. Foodies will soon find their own highlights of South America too, through every menu of irresistible local dishes, traditional ingredients or fine dining cuisine which can be found from the furthest reaches of Patagonia to the northern pampas of Argentina, and beyond. Wildlife also abounds across the continent, with the Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos Islands, Pantanal Wetlands and Iguazu Falls National Park just some of the infinitely diverse though equally enchanting landscapes to visit during your tour of South America.
Must-see cities in Latin America
Among the top must-see cities in Latin America, it is often the capital which best reflects the country, with one or two exceptions, of course. Visit Rio de Janeiro for samba beats, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana beach, cocktails, a party spirit and history which is hard to beat. Or perhaps take a tour of Lima, now home to some of the world’s best restaurants and an emerging gastronomical scene. In Colombia, Bogotá can feel a little hectic, so why not take a flight to Cartagena for one of the best-preserved colonial towns in the Americas. Meanwhile in Argentina, a stay in Buenos Aires will be one full of authenticity, bohemian neighbourhoods and no shortage of nightlife. Finally, Quito, La Paz and Santiago de Chile are all capital cities surrounded by a majestic mountainscapes, making for the most impressive aerial views while in town; the choice is yours.
Once-in-a-lifetime South American sites
South America goes on to boast real once-in-a-lifetime destinations too, both man-made wonders and marvels of Mother Nature alike. Take the Amazon Rainforest, one of the last great wildernesses that, although under threat, provides an ultimate South American travel experience with its immersive jungle lodges, countless species to spot and world-class guides showing you the way. There’s Iguazu Falls, the Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer, Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia and the ends of the earth in deepest Patagonia, Ushuaia. Visit Easter Island, the Galapagos, Atacama Desert or Bariloche in Argentina for truly out of this world experiences; just some of the once-in-a-lifetime South American sites which can be included during your tour.
Take a look at our collection of customisable must-see sites tours below, handpick the hotels and activities that you want to incorporate into your trip, and start planning your unforgettable South American adventure!