Visiting South America brings so much joy and fulfilment to my heart. Although I’ve been to the continent more than five times, I still look forward to visiting when I get the chance.
There’s so much to see and do in this exciting continent. It’s not hard to get around each country because of the cheap fare and excellent local transportation options. It’s also quite safe, as long as you practice personal safety techniques when you roam around its cities.
Allow me to share with you my most favorite places to visit in the South American continent.
I was mildly intrigued about Colombia after seeing the movie Colombiana in 2011. When I had the opportunity to fly to the country, I made sure that I had enough time to fully explore it. I also took Spanish lessons to ensure that I can effectively communicate with my guide. I roam around Medellin, Bogota, Cartagena, Santa Marta and Guatape with a local guide, Mariana.
Some of the amazing natural wonders you can find in Colombia includes the Caño Cristales, an enchanting river locals mostly refer to as “Liquid Rainbow” due to its peculiar colors and El Totumo, a mud volcano situated in Santa Catalina.
Because I learned how to speak in Spanish before I came here, I was able to meet so many friendly locals. With their help, I was able to find local culinary gems like Central Cevicheria, Rancho Eden and Donde Francesca.
Most of my friends who I invite to travel with me to Bolivia think that we’re only going to see the Salt Flats. Of course, I go on and tell them about all the insanely amazing natural wonders they can check out such as:
- The North Yungas Road – a dangerous route for bikers
- Hidden town of Quime – a valley town known for its exceptional natural wonders
- Nevado Sajama – the highest peak in all Bolivia
- Sorata – a town known for the 400-meter deep cave
- Catarata Arco Iris – the 88-meter high waterfalls
- Amboro National Park – a protected park known for its rich biodervisity
Aside from nature trips, Bolivia is also quite known for its brujas (witches), curanderos (shamans) and Kallawaya (medicine men). In fact, you can go to a place called The Witches Market in case you want to get your hands on good luck charms, and potions.
Peru is known all over the world as the seat of power of the Incans. Some of the ruins of the fallen empire can be seen in the Sacred Valley in Machu Picchu, Saqsayqaman, Moray, and Colca Canyon.
Apart from exploring the ancient ruins of the Incan civilization, you should also find time to explore the Amazon. It’s not easy to explore it since it’s located in a highly remote area, but I swear that’s worth including in your itinerary.
In case you can’t go to the Peruvian side of the Amazon Rainforest, you can explore the capital city of Peru instead. You can join the 90-minute tour hosted by the town at 12:30 pm every Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
When I came to visit Argentina for the very first time, I explored the Santa Cruz province to find the Perito Moreno Glacier. It was a sight to behold. The glacier stood at 240 feet high, 3.1 miles wide and 558 feet deep. I was totally blown away by this hauntingly beautiful wall of ice.
Aside from checking out the Perito Moreno Glacier, I also visited the Devil’s Throat, a gigantic u-shaped waterfalls located inside the Iguacu National Park and the Nahuel Huapi Lake, the largest glacial lake in the country.
During one of my recent trips, I was invited to explore the Patagonia region in Argentina. We got to visit Bariloche and explore their delicious Swiss-inspired chocolate.
Last 2016, I came to Brazil to attend the world-renowned Rio Carnival with my girlfriends. Aside from enjoying the festivities, we came to Brazil for the surprise hen party celebration for our best gal, Laura. We went to lively beach parties, took lots of pictures of Christ the Redeemer and the rustic city of Cidade Alta.
A year later, I came back to Brazil to check out the dunes in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park and attend the Bar Food Olympics which the locals call Comida Buteco.
When you’re in Brazil, you should definitely try the local food.
- Brigadeiro – A sweet and chocolatey dessert perfect for any sweet-toothed.
- Coxinhas – A hearty fried snack stuffed with shredded chicken and cream cheese.
- Pastels – A rectangular pastry filled with meat, prawns, chicken, heart of palm and cream cheese.
- Farofa – it’s fried tapioca flour sprinkled with bacon, rice and beans.
So far, South America is the most interesting continent that I visited in the past decade. The countries I included above are just a few examples of the amazing places in South America. I hope you appreciate this continent as much as I do.