Over the years, we’ve given you the very best of the USA, Canada and Central America. Once in a lifetime experiences that you won’t stop talking about are totally our bag. And now we’ve expanded into South America, a whole new bucket list of amazing things to see and do awaits!!!
Here are our top 10 amazing experiences from the continent that brought you Pelé, Shakira and caipirinhas…
Tango Dancing, Buenos Aires
What better way to start off your South American adventure than showing off your fancy footwork in a Buenos Aires milonga (a tango dancing event)?
Humpback Whale Watching, Mancora
If the closest you’ve got to whales is a rainy weekend in Cardiff (yes, we went there…), spotting a Humpback jumping out of the northern Peruvian waters is something you’re likely to never forget. Humpback Whales travel there from Antarctic waters for breeding and calving, so join a whale watching tour (seasonal, August to October) for a chance to witness these amazing creatures.
Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
One of the ultimate South American must-sees, hiking to Machu Picchu takes you through incredible Inca ruins on an unforgettable adventure. If you’re more of a sit-back-and-relax type, you can hop on a train and still get to check out Machu Picchu – an even more epic journey than the Hogwarts Express!
Cruise the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca
Titicaca is one of South America’s largest lakes and its famous floating reed islands are home to the local indigenous community. Immerse yourself in their culture and experience a whole different way of life, all while taking in some incredible watery views!
Mountain biking on Death Road, La Paz
Feeling brave? Tackle one of the world’s most terrifying trails on two wheels! Just make sure you ride with a responsible guide – so you can enjoy marvelling at the Amazon rainforest without worrying about the sheer drop just steps away from your front tire. Go on, we dare you!
Drive over salt flats, Salar de Uyuni
Nope, we haven’t accidentally thrown in a picture from the Arctic Circle – these are is the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. It’s the legacy of prehistoric lake that went dry, creating a desert-like white salt landscape. It’s enormous, and it’s pretty stunning.
Check out Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
AKA the snap everyone’ll expect uploaded to Facebook if you’re visiting Rio! This seriously immense statue is one of the country’s most famous landmarks. Head up to the viewing point for breathtaking scenes of Rio below you – don’t worry, they have escalators!!
High altitude ice climbing on the Pastoruri Glacier
One of the few glaciers in the tropical areas of South America, experience full-on adventure with a hike through icy and rugged landscapes.
Live out your cowboy fantasies on a cattle ranch, Montevido
If you wanted to be Woody or Jessie from Toy Story when you grew up, you’ll love this one. Saddle up and head into the countryside to visit a nearby estancia, an authentic Latin American cattle ranch. Yee-ha!
Be amazed by the depths of Colca Canyon
Ticked the Grand Canyon off your bucket list? Check out the world’s second deepest canyon – it’s almost twice as deep as the USA’s most famous natural landmark! Take in the epic views, take a peek at grazing llamas, and watch magnificent Andean Condors swoop overhead from the Cruz del Condor viewpoint.