Top 10 Destinations in South America (III)
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 ten destinations 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: Puerto Iguazú – Iguacu Falls
Puerto Iguazu is city in northeast Argentina, which borders on both Brazil and Paraguay. People come mainly to visit the nearby Iguacu Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world, and on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The Falls are an awe-inspiring sight. Vast torrents of water throw themselves over cliffs, and the mist rises in the surrounding jungle. The falls are taller than Niagara Falls, and twice as wide!
Although the majority of the falls are in Argentina, visitors get a better overview from the Brazilian side. There are many vantage points for viewing the falls, however, including trails and boat trips. Plan to spend at least a full day on each side of the falls because you'll have different experiences on each.
Accommodation and meals are available close to the falls, or you can return for the night to Puerto Iguazu.
Top 10 Destinations in South America: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is a huge city on the South Atlantic coast of Brazil, famous for its spectacular beauty, beach culture, and of course, the annual carnival—the world-famous Carnevale takes place in March every year.
Rio has some of the world's most beautiful beaches, wide and clean with soft white sand. Corcovado Peak and the hills of Tijuca are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Excursions up Corcovado and also Sugar Loaf Mountain offer jaw-dropping beauty, particularly at sunset.
As a city that contains mountains and an actual forest within its limits, it also has lots to offer for hikers.