5 Must See Wonders of South America
With such an expansive continent comes some of the most wonderful sights for even the most hard to please!
Perhaps for some, a visit to see 5 of the must see wonders of South America may be a once in a lifetime trip. For some it could be a first holiday, to where you will return again and again to see not just five but even more of the wonders that this diverse continent offers.
So here are our best 5 wonders that you absolutely must consider traveling to see:
1. Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro
Rio is a party place but it’s still steeped in history. Its own wonder – the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer – is an opened armed tourist attraction that has been in place for years and has been officially named as one of the actual Seven Wonders of the World.
It has lifts for visitors to take in panoramic views of the city and the surrounding water. A symbol of faith and sympathy, no visit to Rio is complete without properly viewing the Christ.
2. Galapagos Islands
Known as a ‘living museum’ the Islands are cut off from the mainland around 600 miles from Ecuador, situated in the Pacific ocean.
Most of us have at some point learned about Charles Darwin and his interest in how living things evolve. Darwin Finches, Red Footed Boobys, Vampire Finches and Marine Iguanas can all be witnessed living here.
3. Easter Island
It is situated around 2000 miles away from the nearest populated continent, the nearest South American region being Chile.With its unique archaeological heritage, Easter Island is a must visit for those wanting to take the long journey to see this wonder.
4. Guacharo Caves
Located near to the town of Carape in Venezuela, the Guacharo National Park is home to over 6 miles of caves that flow through the forest eco-system and is home to the large nocturnal Oilbird. The reservation areas have preserved their biodiversity and delicate eco system, perhaps due to the fact that this is the wildest most difficult to access part of the national park.
Visit the magnificent caves and see stalactites and stalagmites for yourself.
5. Machu Picchu
An amazing Inca trail will take you to the heights of Machu Picchu which as well as its breathtaking views, is a spectacular way to see the evidence of the Incas existence. Adventurous vacationers looking for an incredible experience need look no further than this ancient sprawling metropolis.
If you are interested in hiking, there are many organized trails, some of which are around 43km and include an overnight camping stay.