incredible adventures to have in south america

Vibrant, diverse, and completely captivating, South America is unlike anywhere else you have ever been. From the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean coastline to the rugged Andes Mountains, there is so much to see and do in South America.

If you haven’t checked South America off your bucket list yet, it’s time to get inspired…

Here are ten incredible adventures to have in South America!

Death Road Bolivia

Cycle the World’s Deadliest Road

Attention, thrill seekers! I’ve got the trip for you. Known as The Death Road, there is an insane cycling adventure waiting for you in Bolivia. I faced my fear of heights head-on there and it was an incredible experience. Don’t let the name scare you off. It’s a challenge that you’ll never regret.

Read More: Cycling the World’s Deadliest Road

See the Iguazu Falls

Where the edges of Paraguay and Argentina meet Brazil, you will find the gorgeous Iguazu Falls. Dwarfing Niagara Falls, this massive system of waterfalls is the largest on the planet. It’s well worth the trip to stand in awe in front of this remarkable natural wonder.

 The Ausangate Trek

Not to be overlooked by Peru’s Vinicunca, a.k.a. The Rainbow Mountain– literally worshipped for its beauty– the holy mountain Ausangate in the Andres is a popular and absolutely stunning trek.

Since before Inca time, this important Peruvian mountain has been a place of worship and locals still venture to the remote mountain to make offerings!

Scuba Diving

Dive in the Galapagos

Universally recognized as one of the best dive sites on earth, the Galapagos Islands are a must-see. Whether you are a diving pro or just getting your feet wet, the waters here will blow your mind. Explore the dynamic world of life underwater, say hello to a sea lion…

and then come up to admire the countless other animals that call the Galapagos home.

Machu Picchu

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Reaching the iconic Machu Picchu after an intense trek down the Inca Trail is indescribable. No matter how many pictures you have seen of this world-renowned site, you can’t imagine the sheer beauty of it until you hit the Inca Trail.

Read More: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

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Visit Angel Falls

Nestled in Canaima National Park, Angel Falls is the world’s tallest waterfall at an impressive 3,212 feet tall. Visiting the falls is the perfect excuse for a Venezuelan adventure. Hike the breathtaking Tepuys Mountains alongside the rivers, lakes, forests, and savannahs until you reach the unmissable Angel Falls.

Explore Torres Del Paine National Park

The 9,462-foot granite pillars of Torres del Paine are the highlight of South America’s most beautiful national park. Surrounded by sapphire lakes and emerald forests, the Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, is a nature lover’s dream come true.

If you are bored with city breaks, look no further than this Chilean national treasure.

Take in the Sights on Easter Island

Home to the iconic Moai statues, Easter Island is completely captivating. Technically part of Chile, this Polynesian island is the ideal spot for eco-travel. Rent a bike or go horseback riding, and take in the archaeological sites on one of the planet’s most remote islands.

Play with Penguins in The Falkland Islands

With king penguins, gentoo penguins, rockhopper penguins, magellanic penguins, and macaroni penguins, the Falkland Islands is the place to get up close and personal with these adorable animals. In fact, more than half a million penguin families live on The Falkland Islands.

Come ready to take an endless stream of selfies!

Uyuni Salt Flat

Drive on the World’s Largest Salt Flats

Did you know that Bolivia has the world’s largest salt flats? Home to an incredibly rare ecosystem and countless pink flamingos, this 6,800-square-mile salt flat in Uyuni, Bolivia is otherworldly. From La Ruta de Las Laguna, you can follow the sandy, high-altitude road into a dreamy landscape that you have to see to believe.

Read More: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour (Part 1)

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.