Therefore, it is not surprising that this continent has attracted millions of travelers for many years. Here are magnificent beaches, and picturesque mountains, and unusual traditions, and delicious cuisine … We have collected 6 destinations, for which it’s worth going to South America.
1. Inca Trail, Peru
A four-day hike starting in Cuzco will immerse you in the Inca past. There is only one path that you can follow, and it leads to Machu Picchu, the most famous ruins of South America.
2. Carretera Austral, Chile
If you want to see the greenest and wildest part of Chile, head to North Patagonia, where the Carretera Austral or the “Southern Road” is located, stretching over 1240 kilometers – from Puerto Montt to the tiny Villa O’Higgins.
Ice lakes, huge glaciers, and fjords – all this you will see from the windows of your car. But it’s much easier to get to Carretera Austral by public transport. All you need is time and good organizational skills, as not all buses run daily.
3. Road of death, Bolivia
The road of death is one of Bolivia’s most popular attractions, for which many travelers, in fact, cross the border. This adventure is a four-kilometer descent along the old road from La Paz to Koroyko in Yungas.
Be careful if you still decide on this trip. The road is really dangerous, so we recommend that you carefully choose a carrier.
4. Rue 40, Argentina
The legendary Ruta 40 (or RN40) runs from the upper part of Argentina (from the border with Bolivia) to the lowest and follows the line of the Andes. The road is 5,000 km long and it goes around 11 regions, crosses 18 rivers (236 bridges) and connects about 13 lakes, 20 national parks and hundreds of communities. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
If you aren’t in your car, only go to the section from El Calafate / El Chaltén to Bariloche. It is especially popular among backpackers, and this is one of the most developed areas of the route. But nevertheless, you will be able to feel the place here, making your way through endless shrubs and thickets, which are only occasionally interrupted by small settlements.
5. Railroad of Sera Verde, Brazil
The Sera Verde Express runs along one of Brazil’s most scenic railway routes. You will pass through many tunnels and see the green slopes, mountains and one of the largest forests in the country – Atlantic Forest.
Another advantage of this train is that many travelers are not aware of this route and head only to the southern regions of the country.
Take the train on the left – there will be more panoramic views from there.
6. Torres del Paine, Chile
The huge array of Torres del Paine, however, like the national park, the granite towers of Las Torres in the east and Los Cuernos in the west, is one of the most beautiful places in Patagonia. The park has tremendous opportunities for hiking, tracking and watching animals. If you are lucky, you will see guanaco – the wild relatives of the llamas, and Randa – a small ostrich.
To get into the place, it is best to take the Circuit route, which usually takes from 7 to 10 days. This is an extended version of the most popular “W” route. He will guide you around the back of Torres and save you from the crowds.