The Best 25 places in South America you Have to Visit

The word "vast" can be used to describe both the size and beauty of South America, which offers a kaleidoscope of destinations for tourists. From the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, take a look at some of the must-visit places on this beautiful continent.



The River of Five Colors, Colombia
Cano Cristales, popularly known as “The River of Five Colors” flows in central Colombia, east of the Andes. The river turns into shades of different colors, including orange, red, green and blue during some months of the year, providing an incredible view. These wonderful colors are caused by a red plant – Macarenia clavigera – that grows in the river bed. The other colors come from the green algae, the yellow sand on the river bed, black rocks and the blue water.



Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The largest salt flats in the world, Salar de Uyuni, are located at a height of 11,985 feet and spread over an area of 4,633 sq. mi. While it's important to be safe and respectful when visiting this site due to the sensitivity of the environment, the sheer beauty of this unique Bolivian marvel makes it a must-visit for all.



Iguazu Falls, Argentina-Brazil border
Iguazu Falls, or Iguassu Falls, located on the Brazil-Argentina border, has a lot of history, legends and myths attached to it, and is among the most popular tourist attractions in South America. These falls are owned by Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil), which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is one of the hottest tourist destinations around the world and the most popular Brazilian city. Be it the festivities, food, culture, football, people or the landscape, everything about this city is spectacular.



Hand of the Desert, Atacama, Chile
Mano de Desierto, or Hand of the Desert, is the creation of a sculptor by the name of Mario Irarrázabal and it was built during the 1980s.



Punta del Este, Uruguay
This Uruguayan city is best known for its beaches, yacht harbor, nightlife, hotels and restaurants. Punta del Este sees an influx of thousands of tourists around the year and is a celeb hotspot, as well.



Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island is renowned worldwide for its colossal statues known as “moai,” which are carved out of volcanic rock. The indigenous tribe of this place call it Rapa Nui. Easter Island, apart from its mystique and depth, offers tourist activities like diving, snorkeling and surfing.



Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park is sprawled over an area of 19,482,677,854 square feet and has rich biodiversity, which includes several species of flora and fauna. Ice-walking, climbing, fly fishing, sailing, mountaineering and kayaking are some of the activities on offer at this national park.



Buenos Aires, Argentina
The capital of Argentina and its largest city, Buenos Aires, has great energy, cultural diversity, and entertainment. From attractions like Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada and Plaza Dorrego to entertainment hot spots like Senor Tango, Café Tortoni and Floreria Atlantico, there is no shortage of action in BA for visitors.



Machu Picchu, Peru
Standing 7,972 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is one of the most stunning attractions in the continent of South America. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by the Inca Empire and its giant walls, ramps and terraces make it a wonder to see.



"World’s Most Dangerous Road", Bolivia
Although there are no set perimeters that determine dangers posed by a road, the approximately 55 km stretch going from La Paz to Coroico is regarded by many as one of the most dangerous in the world. Despite the danger it poses, this road is visited by people thrill seekers from all over the world.



Canopy Walk, The Amazon, Peru
The experience of visiting South America is incomplete without having a close look at the magnificent and lush Amazon rainforest. Peru’s Canopy Walk, towering at a height of more than 100 feet, is perfect for tourists who want the complete Amazon experience.



Potosi, Bolivia
Potosi is one of the brightest jewels in Bolivia’s crown full of natural beauty, and has a history dating back to medieval times. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is among the most elevated cities in the world and lies at the foot of Cerro Rico, which is believed to be made of silver ore.



Barichara, Colombia
Barichara has an air of tranquility that is hard to match in South American cities, which are usually full of energy. This sleepy Colombian town has a colonial atmosphere and is perfect for those who wish to relax on vacation.



Mount Fitz Roy, Argentina
Originally named Chalten, which means “Smoking Mountain” in Tehuelche dialect, Mount Fitz Roy is constantly surrounded by clouds due to an Aeolic phenomenon. This mountain, situated at an altitude of approximately 11,171 feet, is a paradise for mountaineering aficionados.



Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This gorgeous archipelago is unique in a lot of aspects but mostly due to its range of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin. The wildlife that you can catch a glimpse of here include land iguana, finch, sea lion and giant tortoise.



Cartagena, Colombia
The vibrant Colombian city of Cartagena has a colonial charm to it, with gorgeous architecture, and flurry of activities, entertainment and cultural events that take place throughout the year.



La Paz, Bolivia
The city of La Paz typifies everything that Bolivia stands for as a country, with its colorful surroundings, culture, festivities, archaeological heritage and cuisine. It's a must-visit destination in South America.



Lake Titicaca, Peru-Bolivia border
Titicaca is the largest lake in the continent and is believed to be the place where the sun was born, according to the Andeans. Mesmerizing in more ways than one, Lake Titicaca is a delight for nature lovers.



Jericoacoara, Brazil
Small in size but large in every other sense, the fishing village of Jericoacoara is a paradise for kitesurfing and windsurfing enthusiasts. Gorgeous views, fun activities and a lot of adventure are on offer for all those who visit this place.



Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls, at 3,211 feet, is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world and one of the most magnificent attractions of South America. A tour of this colossal site is imperative for anyone visiting South America.



Valparaiso, Chile
Color, color and more color is what dominates Valparaiso's cityscape, making it a delight for any visitor. Said to be one of the inspirations for the poet, Pablo Neruda, this port town is bustling with people and energy.



El Tatio geysers, Chile
One of the largest geyser fields in the world, El Tatio is a sight to behold for anyone going there. The hundreds of gassy fumaroles are stunningly overwhelming, making this place a must-see spot.



Huacachina, Peru
Literally an oasis in the desert, the village Huacachina has an unbelievable aesthetic appeal from day into night. The view from atop a sand dune is unlike any other.



Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s beach paradise and it has some of the most stunning sites in, not only South America, but the world. While mankind has made its contribution in maintaining the site, the ecological balance and its rich diversity is what makes the place unique.

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