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South America’s Top 5 Sights to See

South America is home to some of the world’s most spectacular sights, yet it often competes with other global destinations for the spotlight. Here are five good reasons to wave the “Latino” flag with pride, knowing South America boasts sights and attractions that rival any in the world.

Face time with the locals - The Galapagos
Face time with the locals – The Galapagos

1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – Called the world’s greatest living laboratory or the modern day Garden of Eden, this is where Darwin’s theory of evolution began to crystallize. Home to pristine beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and an astonishing range of wildlife that has never learned or needed to fear humans, the Galapagos deserves a spot not just among Latin America’s top attractions, but among the best in the world. Explore the Galapagos aboard the M/V Legend for 8 days, enjoying perfect conditions at any time of year. Book now and save 10% on a Junior or Balcony Suites.   

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The Amazon River
The Amazon River

2. Amazon River – Winding its way down from the Andean heights of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, through Bolivia, and of course Brazil, the Amazon River system is almost as immense as the continent of South America itself. The Amazon can be visited from each of these countries, and offers experiences as unique as Piranha fishing, caiman spotting, indigenous village visits and river explorations. Goway’s Amazon River Cruises are a great way to explore what is another year-round destination.

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Torres-del-Paine Chile - the tail end of the Andes
Torres-del-Paine Chile – the tail end of the Andes

3. Andes Mountain Range – The world’s only “growing” mountain range stretches from the Caribbean coast on the shores of Colombia to the world’s most southern city – Ushuaia in Argentina. Many of Goway’s trips take in the spectacular Andes which, like the Amazon River, are an important natural feature across several countries including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. Rather than fly over the Andes wishing they’d stopped there, Globetrotters may wish to consider the Andean Traverse from Puerto Varas Chile to Bariloche Argentina trip.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

4. Machu Picchu, Peru – Few sights on earth stir the emotions like that first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Perched high in the Andean mountain range, deep within the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the long lost city remains clouded in mystery to this day. Machu Picchu by Train is a great itinerary to include for travellers who wish to explore the area in a short time. It happens to be the most popular choice as well. As the continent’s most visited site, Machu Picchu is open 365 days of the year.

Iguassu Falls
Iguassu Falls

5. Iguassu Falls – The largest waterfall system in the world, Iguassu Falls straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil. With so much to see, these falls take 2 full days to properly explore. Sightseeing options include power boat rides to the base of the falls, helicopter flights, as well as footpaths winding along the water’s edge and throughout the surrounding jungle forest. All these experiences put into perspective the size, grandeur, and power of what can only be described as a jaw dropping spectacle. Explore Iguassu Falls from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or Buenos Aires, Argentina, and see both sides of the Falls.

Giant Lilly pads - Brazil Amazon
Giant Lilly pads – Brazil Amazon

Of course, these ‘top five’ examples are just a small sampling of what South America has to offer. Honorable mentions include Easter Island; Patagonia in southern Argentina and Chile; the Falkland Islands; Antarctica; the world’s largest Salt Flats in Bolivia; the Pantanal. That’s not even touching on Central America…

For all things South and Central America – Goway has got it!


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