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South American Destinations Beyond Brazil

South America is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping destinations yet when visiting many people automatically choose Brazil as their destination and overlook, or forget, about the other countries that are equally as spectacular.

It’s not hard to see why Brazil captivates those who visit, its diverse country has some of the most wondrous landscapes, beautiful beaches and world-famous sights such as Mount Corcovado and Copacabana.

But, what about the other countries in Latin America?

Here’s exactly why you should consider venturing outside of Brazil:

 

Argentina

Natural wonders, succulent steak, passionate culture and vibrant city life is what you’ll find in Argentina.

At first glance, Argentina might not seem as exotic as other South American countries, but this country is vast and varied in nature and adventure. There are not many countries in the world where you can find glaciers, deserts, mountains, jungle, coast and volcanoes.

It’s not just diverse in nature and landscapes but also in culture, food and activities. One day you could be horseback riding in the mountains, the next you could be windsurfing at the beach.

Some of Argentina’s highlights include:

  • Los Glaciares National Park (South) – a place of exceptional natural beauty with icy glaciers and mountain lakes
  • Iguazu Falls – the largest and most spectacular waterfall system in the world
  • Ushuaia – the southernmost city in the world and the gateway to ‘Penguin Island’

 

Chile

Chile could best be described as a paradise for lovers of nature and the outdoors. You’ll find a bit of everything here, from vineyards to volcanoes and beaches to lakes, there’s plenty of dramatic scenery ready to take your breath away.

With the world’s driest desert in the north and the Patagonian ice fields in the south, your visit will be more than varied and this is before you even step foot in cosmopolitan Santiago the country’s capital surrounded by the Andes.

Highlights include:

  • Torres del Paine National Park – famous for its towering mountains, icebergs and rare wildlife
  • Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – a remote volcanic island with beaches, preserved stone villages and some of the most delicious seafood
  • Santiago – the Argentinian capital that is full of life and energy

 

Peru

No matter what kind of traveller you are, Peru has something to tempt you. Of course, it’s most famous for the iconic Machu Picchu but this country has so much more to offer. Wild landscapes, ancient cultural heritage and superb cuisine, this country spoils you for choice.

Explore the dense jungles of the Amazon, sample the many different flavours in the capital, Lima, or delve into the archaeological sites.

Highlights include:

  • Machu Picchu – ruins of the 15th century Inca city that that thousands flock to every day
  • Colca Canyon – one of the world’s deepest canyons perfect for trekking
  • Sacred Valley – set up in the Andean highlands, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire along with Machu Picchu

 

Ecuador

Located right on the equator, Ecuador’s landscape comprises of Amazon jungle, Andeans highlands and the inspiring Galápagos Islands. It may be one of the smallest countries in Latin America, but this compact country is packed full of wonders.

Spring-like weather all year round means you can make the most of the wonderful beaches but also enjoy the stunning views from the highest capital city in the world and visit the rugged mountains and volcanoes.

Highlights include:

  • Quito – the dynamic capital situated between the mountains
  • Canoa – a quiet village with a charming stretch of beach
  • Papallacta – a small village where you can experience the county’s luxurious thermal baths.

It just goes to show there’s much more to see in South America and if you step outside of the comfort zone you could experience some truly unique places.

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