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10 wonders of South America you have to see in your lifetime

November 3, 2014

Photo: Wayne Pinkston

Photo: Wayne Pinkston

If you’re traveling to South America, deciding what to visit there might be pretty tough. This continent’s lush forests, exotic wildlife and beautiful mountain ranges make it one of the most exciting and places in the world. Those were pretty hard to choose, but here are top 10 legendary spots in South America which will hopefully inspire you to travel!

Easter Island, Chile

Most isolated inhabited island Rapa Nui is known for its unique culture and religion which produced 887 colossal statues – moai. It’s still unknown how those figures how erected, which makes me want to see them even more!

Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina

Huge waterfall on the border of Brazil and Argentina, with 275 drops as high as 85 metres. You can see all of Iguazu’s magnificence from a helicopter or the walkways above the water.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The world’s largest salt flat. When its ground is moist, it seems like the sky and land blend together.

Salar-De-Uyuni

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Known for their rich fauna which inspired Darwin and many naturalists after him, Galapagos archipelago attracts more and more tourists each year. Some of the unique animals you can observe are tortoises, sea lions, penguins and iguanas.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

This one should probably be named “The Hiker’s Heaven”. Torres del Paine has panoramas of unreal mountain ranges, valleys, lakes and glaciers. The national park is between Patagonian steppes and subpolar forests and offers best of both.

Machu Picchu, Peru

The icon of the Inca civilization, built on 2,5 kilometre high mountain in 15th century; attracts massive amount of tourists and… llamas!

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

The deepest lake in Central America, it is surrounded by three volcanoes. In the villages by the lake the Maya culture is still prevalent and traditional clothing is worn.

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A huge archipelago offshore from Brazil, which includes 21 islands. To protect the many species living on the islands, an environmental preservation fee is charged from tourists.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Located in Los Glaciares national park, Perito Moreno is a huge water reservoir and one of the few glaciers in the world that is actually still growing. There’s a walkway to the south face of Perito Moreno, which allows tourists to appreciate the glacier safely.

Atacama desert, Chile

This huge desert in Chile is the driest place in the world – some of the weather stations set on it have never received any rain. Even the mountains as high as 6 000 metres aren’t covered in snow – and have never been.

atacama dessert

Lama in front of the Licancabur Volcano. Photo: Gunther Wegner