South America offers some of the most diverse climate and terrain in the world, from huge glaciers, to lush rainforests. Some of the world’s most ancient and naturally beautiful sites can be found here, this is our definitive list of the most breathtaking.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
This Ancient Incan stronghold was forgotten and buried deep under dense greenery for centuries when it was re-discovered in 1911 by an American Archaeologist, Hiram Bingham and is now one of the visited tourist destinations in the world. If you can catch the sun rising above the cloud at the Sun Gate, it is possibly one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
- Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil & Paraguay
Hidden on the corner borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, these 275 magnificent waterfalls plummet over 2 miles into a deep gorge. The colours dancing over the water mean it’s almost a constant rainbow. The section by the ‘Devil’s Throat’ has a fantastic viewing platform on the Brazilian side and is not-to-be-missed.
- Tikal, Guatemala
The Ancient city of Tikal was one of the most powerful in Mayan History. Only a fraction of the city is visible today, but it once encompassed an area of over 47 square miles. More than 4000 structure still stand, including some of the tallest Mayan Pyramids in ever built and a plethora of mystery buildings. The centre piece of the Tikal National Park is the towering 212 foot high Temple VI, which offers the most spectacular views over the whole site.
- Easter Island, Coast of Chile
Easter Island is famous for its iconic head statues, carved from the volcanic rock. Why the ancient islanders of this remote island carved them is a mystery that still perplexes people today, but it’s a wonder that must be seen.
- Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
This imposing glacier, near the southern town of El Calafate, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field shared with Chile which is the third largest ice concentration in the world after the North and South Poles. Measuring nearly 19 miles long, it’s the most famous of all the glaciers is the region.
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