7 South America Travel Destinations
This little town in Chile’s Lake District is the place to go and dive headfirst into nature. There are hiking trails into temperate rainforests, lakes spreading out like blue gems around town, and kayaking, rafting, and horse riding opportunities to take you deeper into the lush wilderness.
Still not enough? Set your sights on the active volcano looming over Pucon, throwing red fire into the sky at night. Thrill-seekers can climb the volcano and peer down into the belly of the Earth.
The list of things to do is endless, so even though this is a tiny town, you might end up staying for weeks.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Travel destinations in South America are usually ancient ruins or places of spectacular natural beauty, but Buenos Aires deserves a mention as the most fascinating city. A massive urban sprawl, it’s the center of history, culture and tango in Argentina.
Picture yourself walking through cobblestone streets and seeing dancers moving to the sounds of a rusty accordion played under the light of flickering street lamps. Buenos Aires really is this magical.
You’ll never be at a loss for what to do in Buenos Aires. It’s the place to dine on red steaks and wine, and to walk from sophisticated European parks to the colorful chaos of the working-class neighborhood La Boca. It’s a city that will enthrall you and challenge you in equal parts, always leaving you wanting more.
Plan to spend at least three days in the city if you want to get a taste of porteño life.
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The Lost City, Colombia
This one is for everyone who ever wanted to be Indiana Jones. Nothing can make you feel like an intrepid explorer as much as trekking through jungle to reach a mysterious lost city.
La Ciudad Perdida doesn’t have the same fame as Machu Picchu, but it is every bit as interesting. Set deep in the Sierra Nevada mountains behind Santa Marta, the city was built around 800 AD by the Tayrona people, who were wiped out by the Spaniards.
In its heyday, around 4,000 people are thought to have lived in the Lost City.
You will have to hike for days to reach the ruins, battling humid jungle, mosquitoes, and a damp that will permeate everything you own, but it’s worth every minute. Along the way, keep an eye out for the thatched homes and shy figures of the indigenous people who still live in the rainforest.