You’re going to travel and one day you’ll likely visit South America. When you do make it, there are several places that are a must see! Machu Picchu, Iguaza Falls, and the Galapagos Islands are just a few key destinations definitely worth the trek. A quick Insta search will bring up accounts with stunning photos, but let’s be real, no matter how many filters they use, those pics do not do it justice.
And in case you still had any doubt of why you should visit these places, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why these places must be visited!
Machu Picchu in Peru
A lost Inca city built into the side of a mountain and with rivers surrounding it on three sides, talk about the perfect place to take a selfie! With a geo tag included!
It’s every camper and hikers dream. Camping in the mountains with breathtaking views and a new culture! Talk about an adventure to remember!
But do make sure that you plan ahead as only 500 people are allowed on the trail at a time and you want to be one of them.
It’s nearly 40 miles so you’re Fitbit will be out of control!
Just be sure to travel with people you like because you’re sure to spend a lot of time with them! And if you don’t know the people you’re traveling with, you’re going to make some new BFF’s.
People say there is nothing like experiencing the ancient ruins for yourself!
Igauzu Falls in Argentina
It’s made up of more than 275 waterfalls and is the largest waterfall system in the world! Talk about crossing an item off of your bucket list.
What’s more, it’s not uncommon to see toucans, monkeys, and even jaguars – oh my! The waterfalls are surrounded solely by nature, which just adds levels to its coolness factor.
More than one million people visit the falls a year and you could make it one million and one.
When you’re there, be sure to check out Devil’s Throat. With a name like that, why wouldn’t you want to see it in person! It’s the tallest of the waterfalls and is shaped like a horseshoe.
This is the time to break out the camera and take a panoramic shot.
Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
This consists of about 19 islands off of Ecuador’s coast in the Pacific Island. So if you want to see a lot in a little time, this is your place!
From volcanoes to sand, the islands also double as a science lesson because they served as an inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
Think about all of the different wildlife you can see, from land animals to sea, the list goes on!
And if you’ve ever been a thrill seeker or dare devil, you can visit the tallest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. Now that’s a trip to brag about!
So do your laundry, charge your phone, and pack your bags so you can embark on an incredible trip to South America! Whether you’re going to Machu Picchu, the Igauzu Falls, or the Galapagos Islands, it will be one to remember!
Contributed by Samantha Watkins