FlightHub, the largest Canadian online travel company, is a firm that strives to inspire people to become travellers and catch that wanderlust bug. There are 12 countries in South America with their own unique features and FlightHub has tallied and compared them here for you. Natural sites, historical infrastructures and majestic landforms scattered all over the continent.
If you ever decide to explore the vast continent, make sure to bring a great sense of adventure and if you like energy drinks, bring a lot of them (they’re hard to find in South America), you’ll find yourself catching your breath a lot!
Here are some of the best places to visit and most popular activities to engage in, in South American countries.
Travel to Bolivia and visit the great Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world. Most people are attracted to the flat area of salt because it provides a beautiful reflection of the sky above. On a sunny day, it’s like having two open skies, one above your head and the other under your feet. The Salar has a small island in the middle called the Isla Incahuasi. The island doesn’t look like much but it nurtures gigantic cacti and unusual coral-like structures. To make things even more interesting, the Salar has another attraction which is the Train Cemetery.
After the safe haven in Salar de Uyuni, put your driving skills to the ultimate test by making your way through the World’s most dangerous road, Yungas road. Adventure goes well with danger. But this risky activity is probably for professionals and adrenaline seekers who can easily handle these kind of things. You’ve been warned!
You can never overlook the great ecosystem of the Galapagos Island in Ecuador. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was inspired when he visited this very island which is home to different kinds of animal species. The main stars in this animal kingdom here are the iguanas and tortoise. Other species includes sea lions, waved albatross, nazca boobies and red-foots. If you have the time visit all the mainlands and discover the difference in terms of flora and fauna, environment and terrain. There is so much diversity in this region, it’s like exploring new planets.
After your wild exploration, never miss the opportunity to ride the crazy swing in Casa Del Arbol. The swing is located on the edge of a cliff of a mountain range in Ecuador, and is famously called: “the swing at the end of the world.”
One of the hidden gems in South America is the mystifying Caño Cristales in Colombia. To be more specific this river is also called the River of Five Colours. Travelers can only reach the water area through air travel. Gaze upon the Macarenia clavígera plant species which supplies the bright color of the river.
A travel adventure is not an adventure without a long hike. The Fitz Roy mountain in Argentina is a hotspot for elite hikers. The ideal month to visit is from February to March to enjoy the fall weather. You will stumble upon raging waterfalls, glaciers and a beech forest, but don’t worry, the reward is the stunning sunrise at the top of the mountain. The trek will be long and difficult, make sure to bring enough food and water supply.
One major checkpoint in your travel should be the Mano del Desierto or the Hand of the desert in the Atacama Desert in Chile. People have assumed that the origin of the attraction was created by natural phenomena, however this is not true. Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrazabal is the man behind the masterpiece, he uses human figures for his art to express pain and sorrow.
There is also adventure within the great sea waters. Brave voyagers grab the chance to sail from Chile to the snow paradise of Antarctica. Big preparations are needed before moving on, make sure to bring a navigator who is familiar around the water-base area. The great Magellan used to travel this same trail. Check the condition of the wind current because it’s one of the hindrances on this voyage. Along the journey you will see big icebergs, large ice islands, a variety of animals who have evolved to tolerate the snow and gigantic ice passages.
After weeks and months of adventure in South America, look back and try to evaluate your entire experience. This is not where it ends, direct your way to the majestic Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the most navigable lake in the world. But the lake isn’t the only reason to visit. During the night, the celestial image of the Milky Way is visible along with twinkling stars. The open sky is without a doubt one of the most beautiful views you will ever see in your life. Consider the visit here the conclusion of your adventure. But who said you can only engage in one, there are still a lot of things to do and places to visit across South America.
Embrace Nature, Embrace Travel and experience the adventure you’ve been longing for.
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