How many can you tick off?
South America is an epic adventure like no other, full of some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Of course, with that comes many experiences that you may have on your own personal bucket-list. The chance to tick these off is something special indeed, and if you can tick at least half of them, you’re an extremely lucky person.
If you’re struggling to come up with a list for the ticking to be done, here are ten of the most popular bucket-list experiences you will find in South America; they’re quite amazing, I think you’ll agree.
Party at the Rio Carnival
The biggest party on earth is held before Lent every year and is visited by millions of people, all wanting to sing, dance, and generally party with a capital P! Costumes, dancing, samba, confetti, music, food, and general merriment will be your experience, and it will be something you will never forget.
Visit the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands
Some of the most diverse and amazing wildlife can be found on the Galapagos Islands, an important ecological area. The giant tortoises found here are like something from another world, and you can head under the surface of the ocean to snorkel with sea lions and green sea turtles, checking out some of the weirdest marine-life to be found anywhere on the planet.
Bolivian salt flats
Salar de Uyuni is the biggest salt flat in the world, and to experience it for yourself is something truly epic. The sheer scale of it cannot be appreciated in a photograph or even on the TV, and the mirage is like something from space. To add something special to the fray, you can stay in a hotel made completely of salt!
Experience the magic of the Mayans
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail are two of the most iconic and popular attractions in Peru. You will need to adjust to the altitude before you head here, however it is certainly worth it. Make sure you apply for a permit in order to trek the Trail, and join a guided tour for the best experience.
Trek (some of) the Amazon
It’s probably a long shot to see it all, unless you have endless time and endless energy, but trekking a portion of the Amazon Rainforest and checking out the might of the Amazon River is something truly special. Some of the weirdest wildlife on the planet can be found here.
Visit the End of the World
Ushuaia in Argentina is often called El Fin Del Mundo, because it is quite literally the end of the world, and the jumping-off point for Antarctica. You’re not going find sunny and warm weather here, in fact it’s literally subpolar, but the scenery and eerie nature of the place is something else.
Tango in Buenos Aires
This Argentinian city is buzzing and vibrant alone, but dancing the national dance, famous the world over, is a true bucket-list must. Take a class and unleash your new skills!
Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island
Part of the Galapagos, this island is a little remote and will take some getting to, but hiking this might of nature will give you views to take your breath away. This is a true expedition.
Trek to the Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
We know that Patagonia is probably the most scenic and wild area of the world, untamed by man and seriously beautiful in an immensely natural way. It will take you a full day to trek to this natural wonder of the world, and your jaw will drop.
Skiing in Portillo, Chile
If you want to try the sport for the first time, this is one of the most untouched areas in the world to give it a go. At 9450ft above sea level, you’re looking at dramatic scenery, and it feels totally cut off from the world, completely serene and amazing to boot.