South America is full of ancient cultures, bustling colonial cities, and natural wonders. Any trip to the continent will be packed full of sights to see, new foods to taste, and experiences to remember. Tours to the region are often highly unique, educational, and surprisingly affordable. Listed below are a few tours that are a must when visiting South America.
Machu Picchu, Peru:
The Incan city, nestled atop a mounting in southern Peru, has captivated the imagination of travelers since it was re-discovered in the early 1900s by Hiram Bingham. The llamas that meander through the stone ruins of the old Incan city are one of the most recognizable icons of the country. An early morning tour that includes time to see the sun rising over the mountains is one of the crowning moments of this once in a lifetime trip. Do add on a side tour to the former Incan capital of Cuzco to see the Spanish colonial architecture that replaced the native buildings as the Spaniards set down routes. The cathedrals and grand plazas are a highlight of Spanish design from the period.
Few places on earth have the diversity of plant and animal life as the Amazon rainforest. A tour to the region, like those offered by Gulliver South America rainforest tours, will engulf you in all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the area. You are able to witness native tribes that still adhere to a traditional way of life whilst fully enjoying the biodiversity that is the Amazon. Sailing up the river, you will peel back layers upon layers of animal life with everything from anacondas and piranhas to jaguars and brightly colored tree frogs.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
There are other salt flat around the world but none as large and remote as Salar de Uyuni in southwestern Bolivia. A tour to the flats will allow the traveler to enjoy the unique experience of staying in a salt hotel, made almost entirely of salt blocks. In November, one can witness the breeding of several species of flamingo. Though most plant life is unable to grow in the harsh environment, giant cacti are an exception and can be found in large number on the Isla Incahuasi in the middle of the flats. Most tours should include a stop here to witness this oasis-like island amidst a sea of salt.