When it comes to vacations, do you always play it safe? Have you been to the same campsite every year? Perhaps you’re a stickler for staying put and exploring what’s on offer on home turf. But if you’ve always had a hankering for seeing what’s on offer beyond your familiar vacation hotspots, now is the perfect time to spread your wings and see what else is out there.
To begin, why not find out what gems are on offer in South America. There is sure to be something that ticks your holiday bucket list in this magical part of the world.
Ready to get out of your comfort zone? Let’s go!
It’s likely that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Brazil is the glitter and glitz of the dazzling Rio Carnival. This is one of the major highlights in the country’s calendar and is a must for those who love a party. The feel-good fiesta takes place every year before Lent and attracts as many as two million party lovers every day.
For something more sedate, there are the beautiful beaches lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. Brazil has over 2,000 beaches and over 1,000 islands to explore, so pop on your swimwear and take a stroll along the sand.
This captivating country is home to the famous Inca Trail, a hiking trail that ends at the citadel of Machu Picchu. It can take five days to complete, but a walking tour along this historic path is a rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Peru is also home to vibrant cities. Lima, the capital, is a chaotic mix of modern high-rises and ancient temples, while Cuzco is South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city and is steeped in history. Whichever city you choose, you’re sure to get a feel for Peru when you wander their cobblestone streets.
Argentina is a passionate country. Of course, being the birthplace of the tango, did you expect anything less?
As well as this legendary dance, you’ll find soccer fanatics at every turn here. Football stars are made in Argentina, with El Pelusa himself, Diego Maradona’s legacy laid bare for visitors to his Buenos Aires home. The two-storey property is a museum and his fans can find out more about his life and see collections related to the soccer-playing hero.
While you’re in Argentina, you can sate your appetite with a flame-grilled steak. This is the food of choice for carnivores in the country. You’ll need a hearty meal before journeying north to see the captivating Iguazú Falls or heading south to the magical Glaciar Perito Moreno.
What are you adding to your South America bucket list? Will you try trekking in Peru or attempt the tango in Argentina?