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Highlights of South America

From exploring the world's largest rainforest in Brazil and uncovering the sacred lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru to hiking amongst the glacial lakes and jagged peaks of Patagonia in Chile, there are countless once-in-a-lifetime moments to be had in South America. Here are just a few.


Machu Picchu, Peru

Arguably one of the most well-known highlights of South America is the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. A maze of dry-stone walls and pristine terraces adorn this remote, grassy plateau set high up in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Whether you walk the Inca Trail or arrive by coach, nothing will prepare you for the moment that you catch your first glimpse of these majestic archaeological ruins. 

"A surprisingly emotional experience. The breathtaking views are best taken in up high, away from the crowds around the main site. Looking down at the ruins balancing on a clifftop, who could fail to be impressed by this ancient feat of construction?" Carmel, Product Manager
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Exotic wildlife, Galapagos Islands

From giant tortoise and fierce iguana on the island of Santa Cruz to Galapagos penguin and basking sea lion on Tintoreras Island, the main highlight of a trip to the Galapagos Islands has to be the astonishing array of exotic wildlife. Spot red and blue-footed booby birds flocking to the cliffs of the North, West and Central Islands and join a green sea turtle for a swim in the crystalline turquoise-blue waters of the central, southern and eastern archipelago. 
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The Amazon, Brazil

Uncover the thriving ecosystem of the Amazon River on a trip to Brazil. South America's largest river, we'll sail along this colossal stretch of water from Belem and Manaus, exploring the riverside communities and uncovering exotic wildlife. From the pink flamingo of Marajo Island to the golden wingspan of the blue and yellow macaw, you'll be presented with a multi-coloured rainbow of birdlife. Weave in and out of the shadowy mangroves, relax on deserted beaches and swim beneath the cascading waterfalls of Vale do Paraiso on this active South American adventure. 
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Salt Flats, Bolivia

In no other South America country can you enjoy as much tranquillity and experience so much interaction with the locals outside of the tourist throng than in Bolivia. But the main highlight of this stunning country is, without a doubt, the ethereal and other-worldly landscape of the Salt Plains of Uyuni where the cobalt-blue sky blends seamlessly into the glistening white salt flats to create the disorientating illusion of an endless horizon. 
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Patagonia, Chile

Don your walking boots to discover the vast glacial regions of Patagonia in Chile. Home to the largest body of glaciers outside of the Polar Regions, the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields are a highlight not to be missed in South America. Hike amongst the craggy snow-capped peaks and glistening aquamarine waters of the Torres del Paine National Park, and keep an eye out for guanaco, black-necked swan and pink flamingo. 

"There is nothing like seeing the raw effects of Mother Nature in person, and witnessing the might of these glaciers. Hearing the roars and cracks as pieces fall into the ocean is a once in a lifetime opportunity." Carmel, Product Manager
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Tropical beaches, Colombia

Dive into crystal-clear turquoise water lapping the white-sand beaches of Cabo San Juan. A luxurious highlight of Colombia, the gilded coast of Tayrona National Park boasts swathes of golden shoreline, fringed with swaying palm trees and flourishing rainforest. Watch waves breaking over colourful coral reefs and swim out to clusters of polished rocks jutting out just beyond the water's edge.
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Volcanoes, Ecuador

Ecuador's Cotopaxi National Park was once described as the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes' by the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt. The snow-dusted cone of Cotopaxi, one of South America's most well-known active volcanoes, rises from the plateau with mighty precision and flaunts an almost ethereal symmetrical form as if it has been painted onto the horizon. Surrounding this impressive centre-piece, the Andean valley boasts endless stretches of verdant meadows and glassy lakes; a haven for birdlife, wild horses and white-tailed deer. 
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Iwokrama Rainforest, Guyana

Don't miss out on a walk through the canopy of Iwokrama Rainforest in Guyana on your trip to South America. Explore an extensive network of suspension bridges and observation towers, 30 metres above the forest floor. Trees shoot up through the canopy walkway, allowing you to observe an array of exotic wildlife at eye-level. Come face to face with golden-winged parakeet, spot sloth draped over tree-top branches and listen out for howler monkey swinging by. 
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Tango dancing, Argentina

Immerse yourself in the pulsating rhythms of South America in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where music is part of the heart and soul of the city. Head to the famous San Telmo Market to browse stalls bursting with brightly coloured wares and join in with some street-side dancing. Stay out into the evening to soak up the electrifying nightlife and catch a traditional tango show to see the professionals show off carefully choreographed footwork. 
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