Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group of loved ones, figuring out what to do in a strange new country can be tough. As a tourist, you don’t really want to miss anything that the place you’re visiting has to offer, but how do you even know what is and isn’t there?
Some of the only ways to figure out where the best stuff is, is to either ask a local to be your guide, hire a travel agency to handle it for you, or to look online for advice from people who have been to these places. You’re going to find lists just like this one that give you an idea of all the experiences a place has to offer.
From whale watching to snowboarding and the Carnaval, there’s a lot to do in South America that makes the area the ideal destination for a lot of travelers. Keep reading to find out more about what you can do there.
Hike to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is a must-see for any traveler around South America, not only because it’s one of the new seven wonders of the world, but also because of the breathtaking views it has to offer.
The most popular way to get to this ancient city at the top of the world is through the Inca Trail. You can either hike the whole way or take a train up the mountain. While the hike will take you anywhere between four to five days, the train can get you there within a day to two days and is much shorter.
Hikes up the Inca Trail are restricted and you’ll need to buy your tickets months in advance. The authorities put the tickets up around January and only allow about one to two hundred people on the track per day. In a matter of weeks, all the tickets are sold for the year.
But why is this attraction so popular in the first place? Well, this is because of the breathtaking views the city and the hike has to offer as well as the opportunity to learn about an ancient civilization that lived this high up in the mountains.
Venture Into Brazil’s Rainforests
Staying in a jungle lodge in the Amazon Rainforest or going on a river cruise along the same in Brazil is truly a once in a lifetime experience. While you venture into the rainforest, you will be able to spot a lot of exotic wildlife and enjoy views of the forest on your jungle walks. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot some really cool wildlife such as a pacman frog and will manage to stay away from the giant snakes.
You can also enjoy activities like piranha fishing, swimming with pink river dolphins, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and even glamping if you want. While you’re still there, you can enjoy some local cuisine from the rainforest, which of course includes a lot of fish. Dishes like ceviche consist of raw fish marinated with citrus juices and spices, then served with plantain chips and salad.
If you’re looking for even more adventure, visit a local community or try going on a canopy bridge walk.
Scuba Dive in Venezuela
White sand beaches, beautiful undersea life, and mesmerizing coral reefs all await you in the coasts all over venezuela.
Los Roques is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in the country, but you can get your fix of underwater adventure in a lot of surrounding locations too. There are established scuba diving sites for any kind of diver, from beginner to intermediate.
You can also pick sites depending on what you want to experience. While some of them are famous for the opportunity to explore underwater caves, others will give you the opportunity to swim with dolphins and whale sharks at certain times of the year.
Go Rock Climbing in Ecuador
For the adventure seeker in all of us, rock climbing would be the ideal activity and there’s no shortage of great rock climbing destinations all over Ecuador.
Some of the most famous rock climbing destinations include San Juan, Cojitambo, El Cajas, Cuyuja, and Zumbahua. In almost all of these locations, you will be able to get access to climbing points and local guides who will be able to help you navigate most of the climbs, but make sure you only take up what you will be able to handle.
Experience Carnival in Brazil
If you’re a fan of parties, there’s no way you should miss the biggest one in the whole world! Carnival in Rio (and the parties all over Brazil for the occasion) is such a big deal that people from all over the world flock to the country to enjoy it. For a whole week, everything comes to a halt as everyone gathers out on the streets to party.
On the event itself, you will be able to join Carnival Balls, street parties and celebrations, and the main event – the parade where 14 of the biggest samba schools in the country compete for dominance in an epic show of dance, music, and brightness.
Of course, you will have to deal with crowds, delayed traffic, and much more if you’re trying to attend a party this big. You might also need to book your tickets and spots way in advance, but it’s all worth a week you’ll never forget.
Cycle Down Death Road in Bolivia
This is yet another activity for the adventure seekers – Bolivia’s “Death Road” is the ultimate challenge. It’s known as one of the most dangerous roads in the world, claiming about two to three hundred lives every year – with no guard rails or a lot of safety protocols in place, it’s no mystery why.
While this road isn’t for the faint of heart, there are guides and trips available for those who do want to take the trip down this steep track. Rest assured though – while the trip is high and steep, it will not involve you zooming down the narrow road at fast speeds. It usually takes people about five to six hours to travel down it.
You can find all the equipment you’ll need for the trip with whatever tour company you hire, and we seriously recommend hiring one for this journey.
Go Surfing in Peru
If you’re a fan of beaches and surfing, the beaches of Peru need to be on your list of places to visit.
The best time for surfing in South America is the summer, and you will be able to find a variety of conditions all along the coasts to fit your tastes. If you go to popular spots frequented by tourists – like Lima and Mancora – you will be able to easily rent surf boards, which is a great idea if you don’t want to be traveling with yours.
Enjoy The Desserts in Peru
If you’re already in Lima, you might want to take a trip out to the Huacachina desert for some fun in the sand. It might not sound fun, but sandboarding, hiking up the dunes, taking the sand buggy, or even getting a vineyard tour are far from boring.
Because of the pleasant weather in this desert, you will be able to visit all year round and enjoy some exhilarating experiences.
Whale Watching in Chile
Getting the privilege to see some of the biggest animals on earth in action is hardly an experience you should pass up, and Chile offers a number of amazing opportunities and trips to spot the whales when you’re out in South America.
December to March is prime whale watching season, where migrating whales can be seen off its coast while they’re heading down to colder waters. In this part of the world, whales are able to swim pretty close to the shore, and your chances of spotting one on a cruise trip out at sea especially for this purpose are pretty high.
You will be able to get a chance to spot humpback whales, gray whales, and even blue whales on one of these trips. Head over to La Serena, Chiloe, or the Francisco Coloane Marine Park if you want to go whale watching.
Snowboard in Argentina
If you want colder climates and some adventure, the snowboarding resorts in Argetina are a must-visit for you. If you want something even more adventurous, abandon the well-established snowboarding tracks and resorts and go splitboarding on your own.
While you will be able to find quality resorts like Las Lenas in the country, you will also be able to find wilder snowboarding areas around Patagonia.
The landscapes are marvelous, the air cold, and there’s an abundance of snow.