South America is a vast continent with a wide array of unforgettable experiences for travellers to enjoy.
Its countries are filled with stunning natural parks, bustling streets, and, of course, incredible food.
We’ve put together a collection of 21 sights to see and experiences to have in South America. From gazing at monumental statues to marveling at the world’s highest waterfall, there are plenty of adventures to be had.
Hike the Inca Trail, which will lead you from Peru's Sacred Valley to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Along the way are beautiful mountain scenes, subtropical jungles, and Incan ruins ready to be explored.
Visit the Galapagos Islands, located off the coast of Ecuador, where you'll get up-close views of sea turtles and plenty of other animals. Each island boasts a unique landscape, ranging from volcanic rocks to white-sand beaches.
Gaze at the Christ the Redeemer statue, which rises more than 2,000 feet above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue's awe-inspiring scale and design led to its being recognised as one of the seven new wonders of the world.
Wander through Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, where you'll see colonial architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The music, winding streets, and brightly painted houses once inspired Gabriel García Márquez's classic works of magical realism.
Take a helicopter ride over Iguazu Falls, which borders Argentina and Brazil and is home to more than 200 waterfalls.
Admire the stunning neo-Gothic architecture of Las Lajas Sanctuary, which crosses a gorge on the border between Colombia and Ecuador. Marvel at its stunning landscape, set 150 feet above the river in between lush cliffs and waterfalls, before seeing its stunning interiors.
For an adventurous experience, catch the turtles nesting at Shell Beach in Guyana. It's an incredible sight -- from the moment the turtles sweep away the sand to lay eggs to when the hatchlings dig their way out of the sand to the sea.
Stroll through the vineyards of Mendoza in Argentina, known for its incredibly diverse wine production. Here, you can sample award-winning malbecs in a breathtaking setting.
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