Latin America Travel Guide: The Best of the Best
If you have a couple of weeks to explore South America, you might be overwhelmed by all your choices. With a multitude of countries to choose from, not to mention all the unique destinations within each one, it can be difficult to decide where to go. This article tells you the best of the best of Latin America travel: the top 3 must-see South American countries and their must see destinations.
- Chile. Chile is a long, skinny country that hugs the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most developed countries in South America, so when you travel here, expect to find prices comparable to those in the United States. The capital city is Santiago, and many people enter the country through this city. The top three things to see in Chile include the Atacama Desert, the Lake District, and Chile’s Patagonia. The Atacama Desert is in northeastern Chile and is full of massive salt flats and volcanoes. The Lake District is south of Santiago and includes beautiful lakes and mountain scenery. Patagonia is a fascinating frozen place full of glaciers and fjords.
- Argentina. Argentina completes the cone of South America. This high-class country takes a lot of its flair from its European roots, and it is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a steak dinner with a glass of wine. Argentina’s must see destinations include Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and the Argentina Patagonia. Buenos Aires is the vibrant capital of Argentina and the tango capital of the world, Iguazu Falls is a massive waterfall complex, and Patagonia in Argentina is also an icy wonderland great for skiing and trekking.
- Peru. Peru is the ancient culture capital of South American. It has numerous Inca ruins, as well and ancient remains of other cultures, including the oldest city in the Americas. Must see destinations in Peru include Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and Iquitos. Machu Picchu and its surroundings of Cusco and the Sacred Valley are some of the most popular places to visit in all of South America. The whole area is full of impressive Inca ruins with lovely backgrounds, and a Machu Picchu tour is highly recommended. Lake Titicaca has floating man made islands and is one of the highest lakes in the world. Iquitos is an isolated jungle city in the northern Amazon. You can see pink river dolphins here, and if you take a cruise up the Amazon River to a jungle lodge, you’re like to see other interesting wildlife, and can even visit local tribes that still live in the jungle.