Top 5 reasons why you should visit South America

Top 5 reasons why you should visit South America

A kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and sensations, South America is on the bucket list of every kind of traveller.
A land of beauty and vitality, its nature and culture come together to treat you to an explosion of colour everywhere you look. Prepare to encounter vivid hues in the most unusual places. From turquoise blue-footed seabirds and multicoloured crustaceans, to the vibrant headdresses of baby alpacas and pastel shades of Castro’s wooden stilt houses, South America is an unending rainbow with the possibility of a pot of gold at the end.
Still unconvinced? Here are five reasons that will have you rushing to book a South American holiday.

The ‘lungs of the planet’

South America’s beating heart can be found in its unspoiled, untamed wilderness and its ancient tribes.

The best way to explore the Amazon Rainforest is on a cruise that meanders through the tributaries of the Amazon River, presenting you with unique flora and fauna like rare orchids, the playful pink dolphin, or lazy sloths.

While you’re there, take the time to visit local villages and schools and interact with the native Amazonian tribes for a truly immersive experience.
Amazon Rainforest, South America

Birthplace of the theory of evolution

A ‘living museum of and showcase of evolution’, the Galápagos Islands is an untouched utopia that’s bursting with unique wildlife.

The incredible and rare ecosystem inspired Charles Darwin to draft the ‘Origin of the Species’ and subsequently the theory of evolution.

Several of the unique species that inspired Darwin still call these islands home. Devoid of major predators, wildlife here is fearless and unaffected by human presence, which means you can get up close and personal for some great photographs.

Expect to meet blue-footed boobies, fur seals, marine iguanas, flamingos, herons, albatross, and maybe even the endangered Galápagos giant tortoise.
Blue-footed boobies, Galápagos Islands

The Incan treasures

Several centuries ago, the Incans proved it is possible to build castles in the air when they built the mighty Machu Picchu 2,430 metres above sea level.

Built in the 15th century, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem to be cut naturally into the mighty rock escarpments.

Today, you can explore this astonishing lost city on a trek or by train.

Also worth visiting are other spectacular Incan treasures, including the Sacred Valley, the Inca capital of Cuzco, the Salineras de Maras – ancient salt pans still in use today, and the Sacsayhuamán fortress.
Machu Picchu, Peru

The joie de vivre of Brazil

Brazil, the largest country of the South American continent, has a lot more to offer than just the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

With its thundering waterfalls, tremendous mountains and stunning native wildlife, Brazil is a captivating retreat. The magnificent Iguazú Falls are like nothing you’ve ever witnessed.

With 275 falls coming together across a width of nearly three kilometres, the falls easily give both Victoria Falls and Niagara Falls a run for their money.

A tour through the country’s former capital Rio is a multisensory delight as you experience local life and culture first hand.

The cogwheel railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue is an obvious must-do and so is a Brazilian Churrascaria experience.
Niagara Falls, Brazil

Paradisiacal Patagonia

Travel down to the southern extremes of South America for vastly different scenery.

Patagonia is a truly unique landmass surrounded by a different ocean on each of its three coasts – the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Southern Ocean – and offering some of the most spectacular vistas in the world.

Soaring granite mountains, lush forests, distinctive wildlife, magnificent glaciers, cerulean lakes, and the largest ice-fields in the Southern Hemisphere after Antarctica.

Wild yet serene, Patagonia offers a kind of peace that makes you wonder if you’ve found paradise.
Patagonia, South America

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