South America Travel Guide
South America is made for travelers looking to delve deep into incredibly diverse cultures and explore the outdoors. The biggest draws to the continent are the Galápagos Islands, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu and, of course, Patagonia.
But, the city life all over the continent is also one of a kind! In Argentina, you can find foodie culture throughout Buenos Aires, and the Mendoza wine region. Explore the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, and trek the Inca Trail in Peru.
Be sure to hit the beaches of Rio before you leave. In recent years, Colombia has been an up-and-coming travel destination. There’s always something exciting and new to try in South America.
There’s no bad time to visit South America – it all depends on what you want to see and do!
The sheer size of the continent means that you can experience a variety of climates and landscapes throughout the year.
September to November is an excellent time to travel to the Amazon. It’s the off-peak season for the jungle, there are fewer mosquitos and more trails to explore.
If you’ve always wanted to see the Galapagos Islands, book a trip around this period as well. There’s minimal rainfall, and much of the islands’ wildlife is active.
What To Expect
Nightlife: Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is famous for its nightlife. If you’re looking to dance the night away into the wee hours of the morning, book your next vacation here!
Food: If you like to let your stomach dictate your travels, you can’t go wrong with a gastronomic adventure in Peru. The country is famous for its delicious local Peruvian cuisine. Plus, you can always work off those extra calories by hiking the Inca Trail.
Beaches: Beach bums can relax on nearly 7,500 km of coastline in Brazil. It’s the perfect place to sip on a coconut and work on your tan. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, you can always take a kitesurfing lesson!
Nature Lovers: While South America as a whole has an abundance of incredible landscapes, Bolivia is home to one of the most famous natural wonders –Salar de Uyuni. You can also head to Chile to explore the hiking trails in Torres del Paine or join an expedition into the Amazon.
Wildlife: The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is the best destination in South America to see wildlife. A lot of the creatures are endemic to the islands, and there are plenty of cruises you can join to explore the different islands.
Check out my Guide to Backpacking South America to help you start planning your big adventure
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