Places to visit in South America are many, by this traveling around in South America for a year of time has given me a glimmer of all the sparkling delights. South America is surrounded by marvelous destinations with beautiful waterfalls, breathtaking mountains and incredible sophisticated ruins and cultures that go decades back in the history of humanity. beuatifuel
21 Sensational Places to Visit in South America includes:
Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
I haven’t been everywhere in South America, or at least not yet. This blog post is the list of 25 Spectacular places that I have visited during my travels in South America, yes I miss some of the classic spots, but then again I have discovered the undiscovered places or the places that got forgotten due to the famous sites. Sometimes it is not about the places visited, but about the food or the people or the energy of the place.
If you are planing to travel around in South America, start planing your budget and include the activities you wan to do as well. South America is less pricier than Europe, but you still need around 1500 US dollars per month traveling (backpacking) and doing the fun things as well, like eating, scuba diving, horseback riding and did I mention eating ice cream?
I’m starting from Argentina, towards Uruguay, and then back to Argentina, moving towards Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. By this, some countries are missing indeed. I still think it is a great start for exploring the continent and creating the bucket list for the adventures you want to do in South America. I’m for sure glad, that I have ticked of these boxes in my Bucket List of South America.
Why is Buenos Aires number one on my list? That’s the first place I visited in South America, and that’s when I understood; I’m home, far away from home. If you are planning to travel around in South America, you should definitely give it a stop at least for a week!
Buenos Aires is maybe one of the best cities in the world, the energy is vibrating on another level, people are hustling around, but somehow in the slowest way. People are eating half a kilo of meat a day in Palermo and are pretending to be vampires at night, and then who do not love a nap in the middle of the day?
Take a glass of Malbec and enjoy the energy of Buena Onda, the good vibe.
La Boca – The Colorful Neighborhood of Buenos Aires
It’s probably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world!! And are also a part of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Yes, you should do the Argentinean side and the Brazilian side, because they give different views of the waterfalls that are spectacular in their unique way.
World Heritage Site
with 275 Watterfalls
Iguazu Falls Argentinae
Iguazu Falls Brazil
After being in Buenos Aires, you take the boat over to Colonia del Sacramento, and escape the hypnotizing effect of Buenos Aires. You finally managed to leave that love affair. Colonia del Sacramento is an antique little town in Uruguay, that makes your pulse slow down entirely, and suddenly you forget the hours and end up drinking coffee with your friends for the next three hours. And almost forgot to catch the bus to Montevideo.
Well the plan was Cabo Polonia, which everyone should visit if being in Uruguay, of course also Punta del Este if you want to party like you where in St. Tropez. Somehow I ended up in Montevideo, due to short time for traveling. Montevideo, is the little brother to Buenos Aires.
What I loved about the capital of Uruguay, is that it is maybe the sleepiest capital I have ever visited. I did spend Sunday in Montevideo. When I crossed the main avenue with four lines, it was more or less without cars. They had the cutest Sunday market. If you need a weekend getaway from Buenos Aires, then little brother: Montevideo is an excellent choice, and the best they have the lovely Tanat wine, a grape that is forgotten in the old wine world.
If you love hiking, spectacular mountains and incredible scenery, then go to Patagonia Argentina and get completely lost in El Chaltén between the mountains like Fitz Roy. Spending 5 days traveling in Patagonia Argentina is maybe one of my best travel decisions in South America.
Perito Moreno is one of only three glaciers in the world that grows rather than retreat. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s incredible with its massive height that goes as high as 75 meters. Perito Moreno is a most when exploring Patagonia Argentina and are one the sensational Places to Visit in South America. It is genuinely a massive block of ice that is stunning and the sound when the ice-blocks drops in the water will give you some goosebumps and excitement.
From Mendoza to Santiago de Chile with a bus is indeed a grand bus trip through the Andes Mountains. I would recommend this budget-friendly way of crossing the border into Chile.
Mendoza to Santiago de Chile with Bus
Santiago de Chile was a natural stop along my backpacking route through South America. I had three popping days in Santiago de Chile. The best part was probably all the cool street art and the San Cristobal Hill, and Bellavista Barrio with the selection of restaurants and nightlife. The best trip was the winery of the famous Castillo de Diablo, perfect for a mid-day trip with some wine and great scenery.
The saddest part of my days in Santiago was that i did not plan for more time in Chile. For some reason, I think was affected by the Argentinean and there lack of interest for Chile. One day I have to go back and visit Valparaíso and explore Torres del Paine in Patagonia Chile. And also San Pedro de Atacama.
If you are not a wine lover, keep scrolling down! if you are a wine lover, well then make sure to have
Cusco city is the entrance to Machu Picchu, and where the altitude starts at 3 400 Meters above sea level. Flying in from Santiago de Chile with a hangover is not recommended. Fighting the stairs to my dorm, my first day in Cusco went slow. Cusco is a spectacular city with colors, culture and rich peruvian food with every ingredients from the amazons, that you probably will never know the name. My best memory from Cusco was being in the local market drinking fruit juices from the most tasty and exotic fruits I have ever tasted before.
Do I even need to explain? As voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site in 1938. You don’t want to miss Machu Picchu when you are in Peru, and is absolutely one of the 21 sensational places to visit in South America. It is a once in a lifetime experience. It was an incredible experience to walk around and see the accuracy and the precision the Inca people put into their constructions. Machu Picchu is another level of intelligence, filled with mystery and admiration.
Travel to Machu Picchu On a Budget Or Convenient
The number one reason to go to Lima, is the food scene, if you ask me. Lima is the grandest food scene in Latin America. You can eat everything in Lima! The City is a fusion of Amazon, Inka, and the modern world.
Lima is a sizable city with many variations and attractions! In the end, it is all about what you want to experience in the city? All the choices are in Lima, Peru.
There are must-see things in Lima as in any capital of the world. Don’t miss them. My favorite was eating ceviche in different places, hanging out in Miraflores and live in Barranco the neighborhood with soul and history.
The best surprise about Lima and Peru, is the Ceviche that is maybe some of the best seafood I have tasted when it comes to seafood around the world. And it should not be missed when exploring Lima and it is generous and rich food scene of Latin America. When a Norwegian girl that is from the coast of Norway, says the seafood is good, it is holy.
One of the best part about traveling around in the countries and cities is the exploration of neighborhoods. I love finding does small quirky neighborhoods that gives you a taste of the city and it’s soul. In Lima that neighborhood is Barranco, I ended up staying there for five days, walking around watching the architecture and eating on the corner restaurant. And making locals explain me the ceviche variations.
If you are traveling to South America, why not make sure to have enough money for a lavish adventure for some days? Galapagos is maybe one of the most interesting places left in the world. There are animals you will never see any other places, and the wilderness is utterly rich and pure.
I spent around 12 days in San Cristobal Island, which is maybe the best island if you are staying on the island and exploring around with day trips and diving. I went on a budget!
My best memories from 12 days in Galapagos was swimming with the sea lions in San Cristobal at the naturally shaped bay of Tijeretas. They are adorable on land; bud did you know that are ROCKSTARS in water? They are laughing at your swimming skills, they can bend like a banana and go everywhere, and they will even play with you! Of course, never touch them! that can kill them of the bacterias you have! The best part is was for FREE.
I had the pleasure of exploring San Cristobal Island in Galapagos for 12 days on a budget and as a solo female traveler. With this, I created the ultimate list of 7 Great Things to Do in San Cristobal.
I have been diving on some pretty magnificent locations around the world, Cozumel in Mexico, the Great Blue Hole in Belize, Great Barrier Reef Australia, Key West in the United States of America and in Providencia in Colombia. I have been spoiled. Kicker Rock in Galapagos is definitely bucket list thing to do for any adventures diver! Hard conditions, strong current and big animals – Hammerhead sharks and Galapagos shark and other sharks. beuaitfuel
Cartagena de Indias, is maybe the best place to start your travel in Colombia. This is probably the safest city in Colombia, and it gives the transition a bit easier if you are coming in from Europe.
I travelled in Colombia for three months, and Cartagena de Indias was my favorite city as a solo female traveler.
Cartagena de Indias is maybe one of the most prettiest colonial towns you can find in South America, if you ever wondered how ten colors of yellow or purple lookes like you will know it after Cartagena de Indias.
Getsemani is without doubt the coolest neighborhood in Cartagena de Indias and maybe in Colombia? The neighborhood has a mesmerizing energy that pulls you to the plaza of Trinidad, and then you end up watching people for hours! The Getsemani Blogpost is the favorite read on my blog.
Read it here:
Ultimate Guide to Getsemani the Authentic Neighborhood in Cartagena de Indias
I don’t know if this is fun or not, but I managed to kidnap myself faraway to Providencia in Colombia, the neighbor Island to the famous San Andres. To make myself disappear for some days I went on a teeny tiny airplane to Providencia Island. Which is basically a paradise Island with 50 shades of blue water and one of the greatest coral reefs to dive in the world.
If you are looking for a perfect island escape in South America, look no further then Providencia. It has actually been a famous hiding place for pirates and also Drug Lords, but is now considered safe and beautiful.
If you can’t go to Tayrona National Park because it is under conservation restrictions, well then discover the tranquility of Costeno Beach, even the dogs are excessively happy, you will be to if you go! Costeno Beach is all about being and not very much about what you are doing. Have a break and get into a deep conversation on the beach, maybe the first time in a long time? Costeno beach, have very limited wifi, in the end you surrender yourself to the situation and forget about your phone and start to live in the moment.
Colombia has many blissful beaches!
One of the highest palms trees in the world, can be discovered in Cocora Valley close to the small town of Salento. If you think Palms isn’t that spectacular, well think again! This was one of my best days in Colombia, the surroundings give you deep calmness of tranquility and the power of beautiful nature. Take a deep breath and hug one of the tallest palms trees in the world, even if it feels stupid! Cocora Valley is utterly one of the sensational places to visit in South America!
21 Sensational Places to Visit in South America
I have a deep love for this beautiful continent; it has a vast of things to do in every corner and every country. I recommend traveling around in South America, and it is a continent with fireworks of people, culture, and places to discover.
The different cultures and the various countries keep pulling me back to explore more of South America. I have to say if you can practice some Spanish things will be more comfortable and maybe even more fun. I survived the first three months with my basic in Buenos Aires, but after speaking half okay Spanish, I love even more traveling around in South America and exploring the many levels of the continent.
If I have to chose countries, you are asking a hard question, but I do have to say that I have generous love for Colombia and Argentina, I think that is mostly because I spent the most time there, that’s where I really surrounded myself to the culture and the people.
Please feel free to ask any questions about South America and put on more places you wan to visit on the list!