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The main touristic destinations in South America

South America may not come across your mind as the most popular continent in terms of tourism. Nevertheless, its amazing landscapes featuring breathtaking jungles, snow-capped mountains, and striking deserts will no doubts leave you speechless. The continent is packed with precious gems that are well worth exploring. With such a high versatility of cultures and terrains, it is hard to stay focused on just one country. Whoever has visited South America and has experienced the Latin passion knows what we are talking about. If you love football, you will know what we mean. Below is our short list of the destinations any traveller should head to as soon as they can.

Machu Picchu – Peru

We have to begin with the magnificent Inca citadel, located 50 miles northwest of Cuzco in southern Peru. Incas created it in the second half of the 15th century, before the Spaniards conquered the country. The continent’s most popular archaeological site was designed as a fortress and a palace for the emperor. Interestingly, it was left untouched by the Spanish conquistadores and was not discovered before the start of the 20th century. You may get tired en route to the site, but the spectacular view is definitely worth it.  

Iguazu Falls – Brazil and Argentina

If you have ever wondered where the world’s biggest waterfalls are located, the answer is right on the border of Brazil and Argentina. The system of as many as 275 waterfalls of distinct size divides Iguazu River into the upper and lower Iguazu. The river rises close to Curitiba, flows through Brazil for most of its path, and forms a border with Argentina before the convergence with the San Antonio River. Most of the waterfalls are in Argentina. The football experts at have contributed to create this article and have reported for us while following closely some of the biggest teams in those two countries. 

Amazon Jungle – Nine countries (60% in Brazil)

We can’t talk about South American natural gems without mentioning Amazonia. More than half of the world’s remaining rainforests are located in the Amazon jungle. Nine different nations claim a portion of the vast territory, but more than 60% belongs to Brazil. The basin’s flora and fauna are unprecedented. There are over 390 billion individual trees in the planet’s biggest tropical rainforest.

Galapagos Islands – Ecuador

If you want to get at least an idea of how prehistoric animals looked like, the Galapagos Islands are your destination. The archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean is located 563 miles west of continental Ecuador. The islands are home to more than 25,000 people and a massive number of endemic species that were investigated by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution. 

Atacama Desert – Chile

The driest non-polar desert on the planet is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. It is composed of salt lakes, sand, stony terrain, and felsic lava. The place sees rain only once every four years. People usually compare the terrain to the one discovered on Mars. The landscape is breathtaking indeed.

Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

We will finish the list with inevitable Rio de Janeiro. The aforementioned picturesque landscapes are truly special, each of its own reason, but Rio stays at the top of most traveller’s list of destinations. When in South America, heading over to Rio and taking that samba lesson at Ipanema is a must. It is the sixth most populous municipality in the Americas and Brazil’s third most populous state. Despite a high incidence of crime (compared to the rest of the world), tourists keep visiting Rio. Why? Its Balneario beaches (Ipanema, Copacabana, Leblon), the Giant Statue of Christ the Redeemer (one of the New Seven Wonders of the World), Carnival, and Maracana (one of the largest football stadiums in the world) are only some of the answers.   


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