The easy part of your travel planning is to decide to go to South America for your holiday. The hard part is to choose which of the continent’s stunning sights to visit. Split your time across Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil to get the best from this seductive part of the world. A well organised tour of the best of South America would leave you with a lasting flavour of life, love and ancient history.
What to see when you go to South America for your holiday
According to the ancient Andean stories the sun was born from Peru’s Lake Titicaca. It’s the largest body of water in South America and is the home of fascinating hillside communities. These indigenous families still live a life seeped in centuries of history and tradition. Llamas wander along the side of the road and hard-working ladies in bowler hats shelter from the sun. Take a boat or kayak across the deep blue water and relive the journeys of Peruvians for a thousand years.
The legend of the thunderous Iguaçu Falls says a god fell in love with a beautiful woman who tried to escape him by swimming down the Iguaçu river. The god saw her attempt to break free and sliced the river in half, creating a stunning waterfall and the largest system of falls in the world. This natural wonder sits on the border between Argentina and Brazil and falls between 60 and 82 metres according to where you look. They’re a truly impressive site. Get close to the churning water via one of the walkways on either side of the border.
South America’s historical sights
The benevolent smile of the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks any visit to Rio de Janiero. Take a ride up Sugarloaf Mountain and enjoy the view from the feet of the new wonder of the world. Also noteworthy is the world-famous Copacabana Beach and its miles of golden sands. The only thing that upstages the sun-kissed dunes are the beautiful people there to top up their tan. Don’t forget your swimming trunks – the smaller the better!
South America’s second new wonder of the world is the Inca mountain citadel of Machu Picchu. Its giant terraces are the most famous relic of the ancient Incan civilisations and sit almost 2,5000 metres above sea level. It was first built sometime in the 1400s but fell out of use and was rediscovered for modern visitors in 1911. Extensive renovations have since been done to highlight its ancient origins. Thanks to its high-altitude location, the hike to get to the mountain alcoves is also a treat. The views are just as stunning as the site’s polished walls and intriguing temples.
South America’s culture, cuisine and lust for life is guaranteed to impress and amaze you . Book your trip today.