- Grace Marie
10 Wonders of South America to Include on Your Must Visit List
Updated: Aug 19, 2021
Dear avid traveler near and far, do you have an affinity to venturing off the beaten path? Going beyond the day to day routine of daily life whilst tracking new discovery of the avant-garde way of life. Capturing the world through a new lens with places yet to be discovered by the masses. Looking forward for experiences that is out of the ordinary? If your answer yes to all the above, keep on reading for some inspirational and thrilling travel ideas of the enchanting South America.
As home to some of the most iconic and exotic natural wonders in the world, South America has proven itself as a worthy bucket list destination. There are many throughout this continent but allow us to give you a jumping point as to where to begin. Here are our highlighted top wonders of South America that should be included on your ‘must visit’ list,
Bare in mind though that the list is not accordance to most visited popularity but rather for theirs distinctive charm which we believe you will agree with.
1. Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley, Peru
Set on a 2,430 meter mountain ridge sits the majestic Machu Picchu. A 15th century Inca citadel which is located in the southern part of Peru high up in the Andes Mountain. With a long and rich history behind its existence, it comes as no surprise that this site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
2. Iguassu Falls, Brazil
The Iguassu Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in South America and this natural beauty is shared by Argentina and Brazil. According to a survey done by Iguassu Falls National Park, this natural attraction received over a million visitors in 2019 alone. One may be wondering, what is so special about this waterfall? Visitors to the park vouched experiencing this incredible landscape incomparable seeing them real time. Besides with its astounding flora and fauna that is extremely rare and captivating especially to nature lovers.
3. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni or often referred to as Uyuni Salt Flats in the Southwest of Bolivia is one of the world’s most magnificent spots to visit as it is truly one of a kind. The mirror effect is clearly visible on days with clear blue skies reflected on the flat salt-crusted surface. The closest comparison to this location would be the ‘Sky Mirror’ in Kuala Selangor. With that being said, this place is a geological wonder on its own.
4. The Andean Mountains
Known as one of the world’s longest mountain range, the Andes Mountain is part of several countries in South America namely Chile, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. Mount Aconcagua in Argentina takes the lead at the highest peak in the Andes with an elevation of 6,961 meters. The most recent climb achievement on this mountain besides establishing a world record was in year 2013. Paying a visit to this location will definitely be a day to remember!
5. Lake Titicaca, Peru
Lake Titicaca is the second largest fresh water lake in South America situated between the border of Peru and Bolivia (the first is Lake Maracaibo if anyone was wondering). It is said that Lake Titicaca is one of the oldest lakes on earth and may be a million years old!
6. City of Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, a port city on the coast of Chile is iconic for its colorful cliff top homes that spanned for miles. Although the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso is not well known to the public, one would say it’s a best kept local secret as it is filled with history, gives one a chance to mingle with the locals and get to know the rich culture and heritage in depth.
7. Corcovado Mountain, Brazil
Corcovado which translates to ‘hunchback’ in the Portuguese language is a quintessential mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Perched up on the peak of Mount Corcovado locates the widely recognized statue of Christ the Redeemer towering over the city of Rio de Janeiro. The statue which was completed back in 1931 stands at 30 meters tall and can be seen from anywhere in Rio de Janeiro which makes it one of the highlights of the city.
8. Perito Moreno Glacier
The Perito Moreno Glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park spreads approximately 70 kilometers from El Calafate. It is one of the only few "living glaciers" in the world. To put it simply, it keeps a state of equilibrium where it grows in mass and breaks off keeping the size the same. A fun fact about this glacier is that it was named after explorer Francisco Moreno of the 19th century. The Perito Moreno Glacier is recognized as the most astonishing Argentinian natural wonders. Need we say more?
9. Atacama Desert
If you’ve made it this far, many natural landscapes had been explored i.e. mountains, cities, lakes and glaciers but now yet another natural scape that has to offer the desert; Atacama Desert. The Atacama Desert is located in the northern region of Chile where her weather being driest in the day and plunging temperature by night. It boggles the mind how this attraction with so little inhabitance can be so intriguingly charming all at once.
10. Torres Del Paine National Park
One of the notable parks in Chile would be Torres del Paine National Park. Not only is this park home to many species of animals and plants, its view is both stunning and picturesque scene will leave one mesmerized. Adventure junkies will be spoiled for choice at this destination laced with miles of snow-capped mountains in the distant, calm flowing rivers and waterfalls; not surprising the park was declared a UNESCO site since 1978.
What’s left to do but check out the packages that Sedunia Travel has on South America. Be it traveling for an extended vacation or just a short getaway, Sedunia Travel has a package for everyone! Head over to their website or give their travel consultants a call at 03-2142 0222 to customize your trip according to your travel style and preferences. Pick from a preplanned package or customise it, they have you covered.