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Top Ten Things to do
in South America

What are the top ten things to do in South America?

From imposing glaciers and vast deserts to endless salt flats and roaring waterfalls – South America has several diverse delights to offer. There’s history, culture, adventure, stunning natural vistas, and delectable cuisine to savor – something to satisfy every single type of traveler.

While Peru attracts with its ancient Incan culture, Chile is known for its diverse charms and Brazil beckons with its flamboyant delights! The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Peru’s capital Lima boasts one of the most eclectic global dining scenes, and Quito, the capital of Ecuador has a charming historic appeal.

The Iguazu Falls are a must-see delight, as are the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu, the wildlife attractions of the Galapagos, the staggering beauty of South America’s various National parks such as Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine National Park, Iguazu National Park and Cotopaxi National Park among others!

If you are wondering when is the best time to plan a trip to South America or how you should Here is a list of the top things to do in South America, curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your South America travel guide!

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Iguazu Falls - Brazil - Things to do in South America

1Discover the Iguazu Falls

Set on the border of Brazil and Argentina, the roaring Iguazu Falls never fails to impress! On the Argentinean side, get up close to the infamous ‘Garganta del Diablo’ or ‘Devil’s Throat‘ and if you are feeling brave enough, you can take a boat ride right up to gushing cascades.

The Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls on the other hand, offers awe-inspiring panoramic views of the falls and the surrounding landscape.

Patagonia Chile (4) - Things to do in South America

2 Explore the Sights of Patagonia

For nature lovers and hikers alike, there is no greater playground than Patagonia. Admire the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier, wander amid majestic landscapes of El Chalten, and be enchanted by the snow-capped peaks and sparkling lakes of Torres del Paine National Park.

With so much natural beauty on offer, Patagonia features high on our list of things to do in South America!

Aerial view of La Paz in Bolivia

3Visit La Paz in Bolivia

No other city in South America offers as much insight into the indigenous culture as La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia. Carefully juxtaposed against modern, metropolitan life, take a stroll through the famous Witches Market and marvel at exotic merchandise sold by traditionally attired locals.

Uyuni - Things to do in South America

4Explore the Atacama Desert and Salar de Uyuni

If you are still wondering about what other things to do in South America, why not start at Salar de Uyuni and travel all the way to the incredible Atacama Desert in Chile? Set on the border of Bolivia and Chile, Salar de Uyuni offers the largest salt flats in the world!

Here is your chance to discover hot springs, hissing geysers and colorful lagoons adorned by thousands of beautiful flamingos.

Traditional reed boat lake Titicaca in Peru

5Marvel at Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands

The highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia is home to the Uros, who have lived on handmade islands of reed for centuries and preserved their ancient cultural traditions to this day!

On Isla del Sol, indulge in authentic encounters with indigenous culture and travel back in time: an intrinsic part of Inca mythology, the island is home to several ancient ruins.

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6Explore Machu Picchu

The pride and joy of PeruMachu Picchu is undoubtedly the most impressive legacy left behind by the Incas. Built in the 15th century at an altitude of almost 2500 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu is one of the best-preserved Inca ruins to date. The best way to discover Machu Picchu is to hike on the famous Incan Trail that will take you through the Andes in Peru.  

Witness spectacular views of this UNESCO World Heritage site from Wayna Picchu in Peru.

Chill with Bohemian Flair on your Valparaiso Tour

7Discover Valparaiso

This Chilean port town has boasted Bohemian flair since time immemorial! Countless colorful villas adorn the hilly cityscape, best accessed through Valparaiso’s steep funiculars.

Rio de Janeiro - Things to do in South America

8Spend Time in Lively Rio de Janeiro

What is a South American vacation without a visit to Brazil’s vibrant, Rio de Janeiro? Rio de Janeiro offers all that your heart desires: endless beaches, fantastic views of the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, endless Brazilian joie de vivre, and of course, the world-famous Carnival with all the samba delights of Brazil!

Another South American city that is a must-visit is Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. There’s much to see and savor in Buenos Aires, from its European architecture to its world-famous beef!

Things to do in South America

9Discover the Natural World of the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are a dream destination for nature lovers from all over the world. It is here that Charles Darwin discovered the first clues to his theory of evolution.

Expect a fabulous volcanic landscape, numerous endemic species, a colorful underwater world and naturally, the giant tortoises!

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10Marvel at the Enigmatic Easter Island

The stone sculptures left behind by the Moai on Easter Island continue to mystify researchers till this date! Rapa Nui welcomes only a handful of visitors each year, so you can have this extraordinarily beautiful and mystical island nearly to yourself!

With our destination expertise, local presence and passion for travel, our Travel Consultants are happy to help you design your dream trip to soak in these incredible highlights of South America. Contact us today for your personalized and obligation-free itinerary.

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