I’m a big lover of traveling to countries and cities that offer unique sights and scenes. As it happens, South America is a continent packed full of sights that you won’t get to see anywhere else. It’s home to natural and man-made wonders of the world, places of great beauty – and so much more. If you’re wondering what is currently on my South America bucket-list keep reading.
5 Bucket-list Destinations in South America
Machu Picchu, Peru
I can’t possibly start this list anywhere else. Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site and considered a Wonder of the World. It’s draped in history and takes you back to the 1400s where the ancient Inca Empire was in full swing. The ruins here are breathtaking, and the trek up to it is just as incredible. You simply won’t see anything like this anywhere else on planet earth; it’s outrageously beautiful. This has long been on my bucket-list and what spurred my desire to visit South America.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
A lot of people have heard of the Galapagos Islands, but hardly anyone knows they’re in Ecuador. These islands are home to rare animals that are unique to this country. The Galapagos turtles are the most famous, and you’ll see plenty of giant shells crawling along the shore during your visit. The scenery is quite magnificent as well, and it’s well worth paying the price to visit. The good news is that it’s a popular destination for travelers, so you can always look online for the best last minute deal to the Galapagos Islands, no matter the month. You’ll always be able to get transport to and from there, as well as some tours too. Overnight cruises are definitely worthwhile as you’ll be shown different animals and get more information on the islands themselves.
On a mountain in Rio de Janeiro, you’ll find Christ The Redeemer. This iconic statue stands with its arms wide out gazing down on the city below. It’s the perfect spot for Instagram shots, and many people also consider this a Wonder of the World. The size of the statue is staggering, and it’s something you can only really see here. Rio is also home to some of the most epic beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana. Rio makes a great place to explore other parts of Brazil because of its airports. Hop on a plane and head to Manaus the largest city of the Amazon, and a great starting point in your jungle adventures. You have to spend some time in the Amazon Rainforest – which spreads across various countries in South America. It’s the largest rainforest on planet earth and home to so many rare plants and animals.
Easter Island, Chile
Situated 3,700 kilometers from the coast of Chile, Easter Island is the most isolated inhabited place on Earth. While tough to get to you can usually make your way there via Chile. It’s certainly worth seeing due to the uniqueness of the island including its famous monolithic stone statues. Known as Moai and believed to be carved by the Rapa Nui people sometime between 1250 and 1500, are awe inspiring. More than its statues Easter Island has such beautiful nature due to its’ extinct volcanoes, lava tunnels and caves. In fact a large proportion of the island has been designated national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Salar de Uyuni, Boliva
The minute I saw a photo of Uyuni Boliva I vowed I would visit it one day. “Amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike, nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands.” It’s usually dry but come January, the sheet of rainwater that collects here creates a mirror-image reflection. Some places you visit for an experience, a feeling, food, its’ people or even a festival – for me Salar de Uyuni is a destination I need to photograph. I have always been obsessed with reflections and this has been high on my list of places I NEED to see first hand.