19 Best Places To Visit In South America For Travelers

1. Cartagena, Colombia

It was founded by the Spanish in 1533, who named it after Cartagena, Spain. During Spain’s domination in South America, the city was the center of politics and the economy.

2. Salvador, Brazil

Salvador da Bahia, also known as just Salvador, has several things going for it.

3. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

They don’t do things in a small way in Los Glaciares National Park. Not only is the park the largest national park in Argentina.

4. Pantanal, Brazil

The Pantanal can be difficult to get to – access is mostly by plane or boat – but once you get there.

5. Ushuaia, Argentina

The capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is considered the southernmost city in the world.

6. Tayrona National Park, Colombia

The country’s second most visited national park, Tayrona is a protected marine reserve that takes in both land and sea.

7. Quito, Ecuador

It is the highest capital in the world (La Paz is higher but isn’t Bolivia’s legal capital) and also closest to the equator.

8. Colca Canyon, Peru

There’s a reason Colca Canyon is the third most visited tourist destination in Peru: stunning views.

9. Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama Desert is unique: It’s the driest non-polar desert in the world, maybe only raining once every four years.

10. Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls is most definitely a scene stealer in Venezuela’s Guayana Highlands.

11. Cusco, Peru

Cusco has a colorful historic past Located at 3,400 meters (11,000 feet) in elevation in the Andes Mountains, Cusco was once the capital of the mighty Inca Empire.

12. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Situated in the Andes nearly 3,700 meters (12,000 feet) above sea level, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat.

13. Lake Titicaca, Peru & Bolivia

Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake, straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru.

14. Easter Island, Chile

Getting to Easter Island can be time-consuming, since it is the most remote inhabited island in the world.

15. Amazon Rainforest

If you lived long enough to count that high, you could count 390 billion trees in the Amazon rainforest.

16. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

It may be located in remote Chilean Patagonia, but Torres del Paine National Park is one of Chile’s largest and most visited parks.

17. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Located on the Rio de la Plata on the Argentinian coast, the city is noted for its cosmopolitan flair.

18. Iguazu Falls, Brazil & Argentina

One of the best places to visit in South America, Iguazu Falls have to be seen to be appreciated as mere words cannot do them justice.

19. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is a magnificent representation of the Inca civilization before the Spanish came.

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