Five of the Most Amazing Landmarks in South America| 07 August, 2015
South America is one of the most flamboyant, passionate and culturally diverse continents in the world, from the Brazilian carnival to the remote locations that trail along the banks of the Amazon. To commemorate, there is a number of fascinating natural and man-made wonders, each of which has its own unique narrative and stunning history.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at five of the most stunning buildings and landmarks in South America.
Machu Picchu in Peru (Pictured Above)
These ancient ruins are both visually stunning and dramatic, perched precariously atop a soaring mountain side that towers above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. Majestic, graceful and imposing in equal measure, Machu Picchu was initially built around 1450 but had been abandoned less than 100 years later. Since rediscovered and restored as a major tourist attraction, it is now one of the most beguiling natural wonders in South America.
A little more well-known, Easter Island’s mysterious and iconic monumental statues were initially created by the Rapanui people. These Pacific Islanders lived on the remote Chilean island, although their heritage and history prior to settling remains unknown. They did establish a tradition of sculpture and architectural excellence, however, and the Easter Island heads serve as the physical embodiment of this. Arguably one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, Easter Island is a must-visit location for any global traveller.
The Conrad Punta del Este Resort
Located in Uruguay, this man-made resort is renowned as the finest and most luxurious casino resort in the whole of South America. Featuring traditional gaming against a stunning backdrop of natural beauty and stunning, golden coastlines, this is an ideal location whether you are an avid gambler or simply someone who wants to enjoy a lavish beach holiday. If you do intend to chance your arm at the tables, however, be sure to hone your skills and play roulette online prior to making a commitment.
The Nazca Lines in Peru
These lines are thought to have been created by the Nazca culture, between the years of 200BC and 700AD. Closer inspection reveals that there are hundreds of figures and creatures drawn, from simple etchings to incredibly detailed and complex efforts. The lines stretch out for over 50 miles between Nazca and Palpa in Peru, with the meaning behind each drawing thought to have religious connotations. There is also some dispute concerning the physical representation of the images, thanks to the vague nature and size of some.
The White City of Arequipa in Peru
The small and quaint region of Arequipa lies in the Andes Mountains, and provides a tourist hotspot that sits comfortably alongside the magnificent range of towering peaks. The structures here are made from sillar, which is a pearly white volcanic rock that is truly beautiful. Now established as a World Heritage City, it is responsible for millions of visitors from around the world every single year.
Follow Sounds and Colours: Twitter / Facebook / Google Plus / Mixcloud / Soundcloud / Bandcamp
Subscribe to the Sounds and Colours Newsletter for regular updates, news and competitions bringing the best of Latin American culture direct to your Inbox.