Warmer days are down South and while I reminisce on my many adventures hip hopping across borders and collecting passport stamps these locations have got to be some of my favourite places in Suramerica. Of course, I have decided to omit a few of the obvious that you need to see when you decide to venture into the continent of pure BLISS. Bliss? My South American definition: Food, Salsa, Food, Naturaleza, Culture, People… Wait everything… South America has everything! Here are my favourites.
1.Laguna Colorada, Salar del Uyuni- Bolivia
This is as real as it looks. In June of last year, I decided to do my Bolivian trip in 19 days. On the very last 3 days I toured Salar de Uyuni and within the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve Park , that’s where you will find this reddish, pinkish shallow lake. It got it’s colours from red sediments and pigmentations.
2. El Peñol de Guatapé, Medellín- Colombia
One of my most recent trips and I can tell you that this one should not be missed. Oh, it was also very fun climbing up those 675 steps. After you visit here you will know exactly what I am talking about. Viva Colombia!
3. Isla Del Sol, Copacabana- Bolivia
Standing on the edge of glory. Remote but quite relaxing and breathtaking. You can walk-out this entire landmass in 5-6 hours. Great hike and a view of the Inca ruins. In fact, for an “IslandLife” this affordable. Go for it!
4. Salar del Uyuni, Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve Park- Bolivia
“Tree Rock”, after choosing to travel throughout Bolivia in the middle of winter the coldest times I had here were during this tour. I am now happy that I choose to ditch my jeep for literally 15 seconds to get a photo of this… I mean, look at nature!
5. Jardim Botanîco, Rio de Janeiro- Brazil
Brazil is always a good choice, but with a country this big and with so many things to do and so many things to see, an entire trip needs to be dedicated and carved out JUST for Brazil. Here’s one of my favourite spots you can escape to from the hustle and bustle of Río… and yes to the beaches as well!
6. Huacachina, Peru
Wow, just wow! I like the idea of travelling… Wait! Did I just figure that out? I hopped into Peru from Ecuador and I could not be any happier. This place right here. Go see it!… It was also my first-time sandboarding.
7. Puente Del Ica, Mendoza- Argentina
4 hr bus journey from Mendoza. Malbec wine and all but do not miss out on this naturally- made bridge 4hrs outside of Mendoza. The colours are beautiful and the bus journey on the way there is something to see.
8. Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires- Argentina
Rotating bridge ” Puente de la Mujer” located right in the art of B.A. Buenos Aires is big and beautiful with a European-style of architecture… There is more to add… It has friendly people and good steak!
9. Huacachina Oasis -Peru
How many times have you seen an Oasis in the middle of a desert? My point exactly. You also get to lodge close by overlooking the sand dunes. It’s a beautiful experience.
10. San Carlos de Bariloche- Argentina
With waters this blue. San Carlos de Bariloche is the starting point of Patagonia. This town is filled with chocolate, cute wooden houses, shops, dark blue waters and the Andes are its backdrop.
11. Death Valley, San Pedro de Atacama- Chile
I watched this sunset changed to 3 different colours, from red to yellow to blue. San Pedro de Atacama is the most northern part of Chile which happens to be the driest non- polar desert on Earth. In fact, NASA did a few equipment tests here as it closely resembles the landscape on Mars.