This is a collaborative post written by Dale White Media.
South America is one of the world’s most intriguing continents. Anyone who has previously visited South America will tell you there are many reasons to visit this unique country. The diverse culture you’ll experience in South America is like nowhere else, which is why there is something for almost everyone, no matter the type of holiday you’re looking for.
Whether it’s a short break you’re planning or a long term trip, we’ve listed the five must-see sights in South America next year.
1. Experience the South American wildlife
Truly experiencing the world’s beautiful yet increasingly threatened natural environment is top of many people’s lists, and South America is the ideal place to start. Seeing tropical animals up close in the Amazon basin is certainly one of the best activities to do while visiting.
There are more than 1,400 species found in the Amazon and over 1,500 types of bird. We recommend seeking out an experienced guide to help you spot some of these rare and, in some cases, endangered animals in their natural habitats.
Another place to visit for an up-close wildlife experience is the Galapagos Islands. Distinct from the rest of the world with regards evolution, these stunning islands offer the most unusual marine species, including the blue-footed booby and giant tortoises. To experience the Islands in all their glory, choose a coastal tour by boat.
2. Party at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival
One of the largest parties in the world, Rio de Janeiro carnival is not to be missed. More than 2 million people descend on the city each year to join in the celebrations. Here, you’ll experience samba dancing and South American music to get your feet moving, plus large floats and sequin-spangled costumes to make your eyes pop.
This year’s carnival took place in March, so be sure to plan your trip for the early part of 2020 if you wish to experience the city in party mode.
3. Explore Machu Picchu
If you’re looking to experience true indigenous culture, head to the Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru. This sprawling site is the archaeological mecca of this continent and is a must-see for all visitors. Make sure to book in advance, as only around 6000 people are allowed on the site at one time.
If you’re looking to further your historical exploration, head to Easter Island to see the giant, dramatic stone heads carved from rock hundreds of years ago.
4. Witness the Chilean Eclipse
This July, a total solar eclipse will envelop a small area of South America in total darkness. Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience by travelling to Chile’s Elqui Valley to witness this natural phenomenon first hand. This stunning area of Chile is world-famous for star-gazing thanks to its ultra-clear night sky, which makes it the perfect spot to watch the eclipse up close.
5. Take a new look at Buenos Aires
To experience some of South America’s most beautiful architecture, look no further than the Argentinian city of Buenos Aires. Here you’ll find grand French and Italian style mansions in amongst local barrios and traditional neighbourhoods bursting with colour and life. This city has a vibrant street-art culture, so look out for some world-class murals splashed on walls.
Check out the city’s myriad of established museums to really get under the skin of true Latin America. After a day of exploring this stunning city by foot, it’s time to check out the nightlife. Take a little nap before heading into the city post-9am, where the streets come alive with restaurants, bars and clubs.
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