There’s no denying that South America has an almost mysterious quality to it. The home of backpacking heaven, countless amazing sights, and some of the world’s most off the beaten track destinations, South America offers a plethora of things to see and do.
Of course, this region is huge, so you need to know where is best to go. It’s hard to narrow it down, but just as a simple idea, here are five amazing things you should certainly be seeing when you visit this stunning and mysterious part of the world.
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Everyone has heard of the huge turtles which roam these islands, and the sight of them is truly something to behold. The Galapagos Islands are like something from another world, and the turtles aren’t the only inhabitants which give this part of the world an almost otherworldly feel. Located around 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this is a truly wonderful destination for anyone who loves nature and wildlife, probably one of the most remote and unspoilt parts of the world.
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Most of the world these days has been streamlined, and with a few exceptions and slight differences, we all tend to live in pretty much the same kind of way, however there are still a few places left on earth where old traditions come to the fore, and at Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, you will find indigenous communities who still very much adhere to the old traditions of their people. You reach floating villages by boat, and you can mingle with the local people, who will be only too happy to help you learn more about their way of life. This is probably one of the most valuable and fulfilling experiences you can have.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls is the world’s largest waterfall, even bigger than Niagara Falls. At 3212ft high, this is one of the most jaw-dropping sights you will lay your eyes on. It’s more than a mission to reach, it, but one which is truly worth it, quite the adventure in fact; you can take a helicopter or flight over it, or you can trek through jungle and mountains to reach it, but whatever you choose, when the thundering falls come into view, you will be astounded.
Santuario de las Lajas, Colombia
It’s not all about natural sights in South America, because the architecture is also just as impressive. Located near to the border between Ecuador and Colombia, you will find this quite stunning building. This is a neo-gothic cathedral which is built on a towering bridge over the Guaitara River. It’s quite hard to describe, you have to see it for yourself, but the quite striking style is more than eye-catching, roughly 148ft above the water below.
Laguna Verde, Bolivia
Laguna Verde, AKA Green Lagoon, is so brightly coloured you will need sunglasses to view it. The exact colour changes depending on the wind and sediment in the water, but it is generally either brilliantly turquoise, or a moody emerald. Located close to the border between Chile and Argentina, the lake is made even more impressive by the backdrop – the towering, yet thankfully dormant, Licancabur volcano.
I probably don’t need to tell you that South America is packed with countless more sight to check out than these five, but if we’re talking about things that fall into the ‘amazing’ category, these are certainly up there.