Visiting South America is absolutely incredible and there is just so much to do and see there that I just had to write this post about it. You should go there and experience it for yourself, but until then you can read about some of the things that I did whilst I was there and what I love about it. I hope you enjoy it!
You can actually visit Antarctica!
One of the craziest and most interesting things is that you can actually take trips to Antarctica from the South American mainland. The vast majority of these leave from Argentina from a city called Ushuaia and they cross the Drake Passage and head on to Antarctica. This is a pretty surreal experience for me and seeing the amazing landscape of ice and diverse wildlife was just something that I will never forget. The fact that I love South America and the possibility of traveling to Antarctica has definitely made me consider visiting South America more just so I can make more trips to Antarctica.
This is another place that you absolutely must visit in South America and is perhaps the greatest attraction there in my mind. Think about a 15th century Inca citadel that is in the middle of the Andes and has a mysterious aura surrounding it. It truly is a marvel with the way it was built and the challenge of building something so big with very little technology. The Incas are also a fascinating culture that worshipped a sun god and this can be seen in the way the architecture was built. If you are going to tackle Machu Picchu, it wouldn’t be more authentic without hiking the Inca Trail. The path that the Incas themselves used, which is a challenge in itself.
Brazil is another must visit place, but the word Brazil itself doesn’t mean much because the country is so large. You could quite literally spend months in Brazil alone! For me there are so many great cities to visit there and I love places like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Rio is personally my favourite and it is a city that has so much soul. I love to see it from above from the Corcovado National Park. We all know the huge statue of “Christ the Redeemer” with his arms outstretched and this lies at the very top of this park, which makes for an incredible view of the bay below.
The Amazon rainforest
The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest on the earth and is about 6.7 million square kilometres in size (twice the size of India to give you some perspective). The area itself could be considered one of the most important places on earth in terms of its biodiversity and that it is the home to over 30 million people. The rainforest is also home to many undiscovered animals and plant species and scientists even hope that they can find cures to serious diseases there. Visiting the Amazon is just an incredible experience with varied cultures, amazing wildlife and nature and even extremely isolated tribes of people that have little or no contact with the outside world.