Globetrotters looking for an ideal vacation, find there’s plenty of competition to grab their attention – all global destinations looking for the spotlight. As such, South America is home to some of the world’s most spectacular sites. Here is a list of the top 5 sites to be seen on South America tours.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, is often called the world’s greatest living laboratory or the modern day “Garden of Eden”. This is where Darwin’s Theory of Evolution began to crystallize. It is home to an in-depth range of wildlife that shows no fear of man, pristine beaches, and crystal clear blue waters. A year-round destination, the Galapagos Islands is not only tops in South America, but in the world.
8-Day Cruising Galapagos 8 Days (M/V Legend)
Reaching into Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and of course, Brazil, the Amazon river system is almost as immense as the continent of South America itself. The Amazon can be visited from each of those countries, and offers experiences in piranha fishing, caiman spotting, village visits, and river explorations. A year-round destination, an Amazon river cruise is a great way to explore the region.
5-Day Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon
Andes Mountain Range
The Andes Mountain Range is the only “growing” mountain range in the world, and stretches from the Caribbean coast on the shores of Colombia to the world’s most southern city, Ushuaia, in Argentina. Many of Goway’s trips to South America revolve around the spectacular Andes, and it is an ever-present feature on tours to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.
5-Day Andean Traverse (Private Touring)
Machu Picchu, Peru
Few places on earth convey the emotions felt while standing in the shadow of Machu Picchu – a world famous site in Peru. Perched high in the Andean mountain range, deep within the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu is to this day, clouded in mystery. As the continent’s most popular site, Machu Picchu is open 365 days of the year. A great way for travellers to explore the area is by train.
2-Day Machu Picchu By Train
The largest waterfall system in the world, Iguassu Falls straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil. So large and with so much to see, these falls take 2 full days to explore properly. Sightseeing options include power boat rides to the base of the falls, helicopter flights over the falls, as well as footpaths winding along the water’s edge and throughout the surrounding jungle forest. All these experiences help to put into perspective the size, grandeur, and power of what can be honestly described as jaw dropping. Explore Iguassu Falls from Rio de Janeiro and see both sides of the Falls!
These five examples are just a small sampling of what South America tours have to offer. Below are some honourable mentions, along with suggested itineraries:
Easter Island, Chile: 3-Day Easter Island Rapa Nui Hotel Taha Tai
Patagonia: 8-Day Patagonia Complete
Falkland Islands: 8-Day Falklands Wildlife & Battlefields
Antarctica: 4-Day Fly to Antarctica
Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia: 3-Day Salt Lakes of Bolivia
Pantanal, Brazil: 11-Day A Blast of Brazilian Luxury – VIP
…and we haven’t even touched on CENTRAL America yet!