Ole! Besides salsa, sombreros and tequila, South America is a feast for one’s senses, with something for every kind of traveler. The continent is a patchwork of remarkable sceneries, with its snowcapped massifs, dangerous jungles, dreamlike deserts and spectacular mountain ranges, with many of its wonders remaining largely undiscovered.
South America offers rich experiences to travelers seeking natural wonders, ancient ruins, and vibrant cultural experiences.
Any of these Top 10 Destinations in South America would make a fascinating trip on its own, or you could combine some or all of them for a memorable tour.
Top 10 Destinations in South America: Lima, Peru
The capital of Peru, Lima was the center of Spanish rule for 300 years. Founded in 1535, Lima is a modern mega-city with an old center, which still retains its colonial architecture.
For active types, Lima offers great surfing, and also bicycle, running, and walking tours.
‘Limeños’ are obsessed with food! Cuisine is a large part of the identity of Lima, the South American city of choice for foodies, and Peru's national cuisine has emerged on the world stage in recent years.
Lima's government has established the 'Boulevard of Gastronomy' in the Surquillo district, formerly a farmer's market and now a pedestrian mall showcasing the fresh ingredients used in Peruvian cooking. The city's annual food festival, held each September, is the most important event of the year for many gourmands.
Top 10 Destinations in South America: Torres del Paine, Chile
Yet another Chilean attraction that you have to check out during your South American holiday is the National Park at Torres del Pain. It's where you can experience a host of geographical wonders — from mountains and glaciers to lakes and rivers, all in one place.
It's a 2-hour drive by bus from Puerto Natales to enter the park. It's a great destination for those who would love to spend a few days trekking amidst natural beauty. There are also guided tours and hikes you can take part in here.
There are many trekking options for you to pick from — the basic W is an all-time favorite, giving you access to some of the most splendid views. Choose to stay at organized dormitory-like accommodations, replete with all facilities, or camp in tents out in the wilderness. If you wish to splurge, you can sign up for the Eco-Camp, which would require at least 4-6 days. The Circuit trek is more challenging and physically grueling, where you can climb right up over the top of the massif. With steeper climbs, it is more arduous than the W, but you can experience the towers and horns of the place much better.
Torres del Paine also offers visitors opportunities to go fly-fishing, kayaking through the waters and even ice hiking up the glaciers. You must sign up for the Glacier Grey boat trip if you would like to get a closer view of the icy glacier.