But it is also one of the best destinations in the world for backpackers or any kind of traveler. South America has a vibrant and interesting history, large and beautiful cities full of colonial architecture, a language that is relatively easy to learn, some of the most breathtaking natural scenery on earth, incredible wildlife and much more to offer the intrepid traveler.
One of the most appealing aspects for many is that South America is generally quite inexpensive to travel, meaning you can stretch your money much further and travel for much longer than other destinations.
Most travelers stick to the Andean backbone, traveling through the Spanish-speaking countries either north to south or south to north, which is what I would recommend to most. That way, you can concentrate on mastering one language rather than muddling through Portuguese, which makes for an easier path in terms of travel. Brazil is a huge area to explore on its own and is best saved for a stand-alone trip, if possible.
The Colombian capital has become an important business center in Latin America. It is the gateway for millions of tourists visiting the country and has become a cosmopolitan pearl full of culture, art and good vibes. Find out what to see in Bogota and discover the Colombian capital.
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3- Easter Island, Chile (via David Berkowitz): Some 3,600 kilometers away from mainland Chile, Easter Island is very popular worldwide because of the moai, huge stone statues scattered across the island. Apart from that, visitors can enjoy a sunny day on its beaches and go surfing, diving or snorkeling.
5- Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia (via Lime884): The impressive Salar de Uyuni, located some 3,656 meters above sea level, is the largest of its kind in the world and serves as inspiration for photographers looking for the perfect occasion to capture fantasy photos. It is often visited as part of a 3 to 4 day tour.
6- Angel Falls, Venezuela (via ENT108): Located within the Camaima National Park, this wonder of nature has a height of 979 meters, making it the highest waterfall on the planet. Even more interesting is its distant location and difficult access (it can only be reached by small plane and then by canoe), making Angel Falls an attraction not so frequented by people.
Thinking of touring this beautiful continent? Don’t start traveling through South America without reading these tips, recommendations and curious facts. They will be very helpful when planning your trip.
Not everything the media tells us about South America is like that Not everything that comes out in the mass media is as they want to make it look. It is sad to see how there are so many -so many- people who stop traveling to South America because of the preconceptions generated by the information we receive, what is true is that you have to take more precautions than when traveling in Europe, Asia or Oceania, so we recommend: Bon voyage!