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Five Beautiful Places To Visit In South America

By | 18 January, 2017

South America is one of the most diverse and amazing regions of the world, and if you are looking at taking a vacation to somewhere a little different than the usual destinations, then the beauties of South America are well worthy of your consideration.

The only real dilemma facing any tourist is the sheer volume of fascinating destinations; you are literally spoilt for choice. For European travellers, it is also essential that you organise your own travel and medical insurance as the European Health Insurance Card is of no benefit in South America.

The list below is by no means exhaustive, and everyone will have different requirements and preferences, but at least it might spark some ideas about your preferred destination.

Five Amazing South American Locations

1. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Famous the world over for its stunning skyline and one of the largest statues in the world ‘Christ The Redeemer’, Rio De Janeiro is an explosion of music, culture and colour. Probably not the ideal destination for someone wanting a quiet relaxing vacation Rio will expose you to new and wonderful experiences on a daily basis. Famous for its legendary parties, the carnival never stops, and you can literally party from the second you arrive to the minute you leave. The only thing to be aware of is that you may need a holiday elsewhere to recover from your holiday to Rio.

2. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

One of the world’s best kept secrets, Iguazu Falls is in our opinion one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you enjoy the spectacle of waterfalls, you will be spoilt for choice with this one, as there are 275 separate water falls in total, making it the largest waterfall system in the world. The waterfalls are so vast, that depending on where you view it from you could be in Argentina, Brazil or Paraguay.

3. Patagonia, Chile

When people consider visiting Chile, the region of Patagonia is rarely mentioned. There are so many other cities that steal the headlines, and yet if you have the confidence of your convictions, Patagonia will richly reward you. The Torres del Paine National Park is spectacular, or if you are feeling more adventurous grab your hiking boots and explore the snow-topped mountains. Due to the distinct lack of other tourists, you get to experience the real Chile, rather than some manufactured view of the country.

4. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

It would be almost criminal not to include the Galapagos Islands when discussing South America. Certainly not the most inexpensive location to visit, the sights and sounds are worth every penny, especially if you are an animal lover. If you are lucky, you will get to experience the amazing giant tortoises and sea iguanas; the islands are one place on earth everyone should visit once in their lifetime.

5. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

With the ever increasing risk of global warming, there is always a chance that this location may not be here for much longer. With 40 metre high ice walls, the glacier has to be seen to be believed. The glacier is special as it is constantly evolving and sheets of ice continue to fall off every day, which lets you experience the raw force of nature at its finest.

Once you have experienced the wonders of travel within South America, everywhere else will seem a little bland and boring. Very few people are ever able to visit South America once, as there is too much to see and too many amazing experiences to enjoy, you simply have to visit again and again and again.

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