South America is one such continent that offers you the perfect balance of the tropical weather and all the frozen goodness. Planning a trip to any country on this continent will absolutely be worth it. Sure, you can visit all the cities and enjoy the carnivals and all that the urbanised places have to offer but nothing can compare to the serenity, peace and quite of the nature.
Here are 10 such places that will bring you closer to nature.
1) Perito Moreno Glacier, San Cruz Province, Argentina
With an approximate length of 19 miles and height of 240 ft, the Perito Moreno is one of the largest and most amazing glaciers in the South America. This stunning glacier spread across an area of 97 square miles. It is a part of famous Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz Province of Argentina. Take a boat ride on Argentino lake to get a close view of this natural spectacle. When the weather is hot, you could also see the falling of huge ice blocks from the glacier.
2) Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometres. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is absolutely stunning and surely be seen at least once in your life.
3) Atacama Desert, Chile
The Atacama Desert located in the Northern Chile is the driest non-polar place on Earth. The unpolluted, clear sky makes the Atacama the best stargazing destination.
4) Angel Falls, Venezuela
These waterfalls have been aptly named. The crisp, white waters gushing down the stones almost seem like angels descending from the skies.
5) Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands are known for their isolation and unique wildlife. The direct connection with wildlife her makes you feel extremely close to nature.
6) Iguazu Falls, International Border of Brazil and Argentina
The ‘Devil’s throat’ is the highlight of Iguazu falls. It is a 150 meter long and 80 meters high, U-shaped narrow chasm that includes 14 beautiful waterfalls.
7) Torres del Paine, Chile
A World Biosphere Reserve which came fifth on the list of most beautiful places in the world according to National Geographic, this spectacular region is a transition area between the Magellanic sub-polar forests and the Pantagonian Steppes.
8) Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Costa Rica
Channel your inner Aladdin and walk among the clouds at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, so-called because of its persistent low-level cloud cover. This 10,500-hectare reserve has six ecological zones, extremely high biodiversity, over 500 bird species, the endemic Golden Toad, and the largest number of orchids in the world.
9) Lake Titicaca, Peru
This is one of the areas from where the sky is so clear that you can spot the milky way glittering over. Perfect for people who are interested in astronomy.
10) Machu Picchu, Peru
This one is probably mentioned on every travel website out there but no list would be complete without it. Probably the most famous tourist attraction of South America. This fascinating Inca ruin located at an altitude of 7972 feet, on the Andes mountain of Peru. Machu Picchu covers an area of 5.09 square miles. The site contains many stone structures, temples, palaces and store rooms.