If you’re heading to South America this year, you might want to start planning your itinerary now. From the bustling metropolises of São Paulo and Buenos Aires to the laid-back beaches of Rio de Janeiro and the rainforest in Manaus, South America has it all—just don’t forget to make time to see some of its more exotic sights as well! These are some of the best places in South America to see before you die!
1) In Chile
Santiago has one of Latin America’s finest street-food scenes. Local churros are a particular highlight; there are few better ways to while away an afternoon than sitting with a cup of coffee and watching a man prepare these doughy delights. There’s no shortage of foodie adventures here, either.
2) In Argentina
Buenos Aires is not only Argentina’s biggest city, but also home to its best steak, tango and beautiful architecture. The city has a wonderful energy, with people from all walks of life coming together in cafes and night clubs alike. In fact, you can find any kind of music or art you desire in Buenos Aires – it’s one of South America’s cultural centers.
3) In Peru
Travelers flock to Peru for Machu Picchu, but they should also head south. Explore Arequipa, where colonial architecture and a rich indigenous culture are worth exploring. Or take it easy and hit one of several white-sand beaches with strong waves and year-round sun. Patagonia is another underrated spot; stay in Ushuaia, Argentina (the southernmost city in all of South America), a remote city known for its friendly locals.
4) In Brazil
Swim with dolphins at Morro de São Paulo. For some extra adventure, take a trip up Rio Doce’s Queimada Grande River. Visit Cachoeira do Macaco (Monkey Waterfall) and see hundreds of monkeys jumping off rocks into waterfalls.
5) In Uruguay
Though Uruguay may not be a place you’ve ever thought of visiting, it should definitely be on your bucket list. This tiny country packs a lot into its borders: awesome beaches and hiking trails, great wine, and even some beautiful mountains. Check out one of Uruguay’s resorts or stay at an Airbnb in Punta del Este—the place has gorgeous architecture and tons of opportunities for beachgoers.
6) In Bolivia
This country is high up on many travelers’ lists, and with good reason. It’s home to 3,000-year-old Incan ruins, towering peaks and valleys (the main growing area for coffee in all of South America), and an entire plateau of pink flamingos. On top of that, it boasts a fresh, vibrant culture that features traditional dances as well as local music. Plus, Bolivia is also one of most biodiverse countries on Earth.
7) In Paraguay
Paraguay is a landlocked country with some of the largest cattle herds in all of South America. Nearly every inch of Paraguay, it seems, is covered by sprawling grasslands or dense forests. By population, most people live within a few miles of Brazil or Argentina and many venture into larger cities like Asuncion or Ciudad del Este for work.
8) In Ecuador
Quito, known as The White City, is one of Ecuador’s most historically significant and well-preserved cities. The city was officially founded by Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Benalcázar on August 12, 1534. UNESCO has declared Quito a World Heritage Site.
9) In Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela’s capital city and largest urban center, is home to some of South America’s most iconic sights. Caracas, nestled in a lush valley at 1,600 feet above sea level on Venezuela’s northern coast is as charming as it is vibrant and exciting.
10) Other Places To Consider Visiting
- Buenos Aires 2. Iguazu Falls 3. Machu Picchu 4. Cuzco 5. La Paz 6. Rio de Janeiro 7. Santo Domingo 8. Florianopolis 9. Lake Titicaca 10 .The Amazon Rainforest