We spent an amazing four months in South America and we did some truly incredible things… tangoed in Argentina, made chocolate in Colombia, spotted Whales off the Ecuador coast, flew over the mysterious Nasca lines in Peru… and that’s just to name a few!
For those that are thinking about visiting the continent, I wanted to do a Top 10 highlights of South America blog – so that you can easily see what it was about the continent we loved the most.
1. First and foremost, is our trek to Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City) in Colombia.
2. Kayaking inside the crater of a volcano on the beautiful Laguna Quilatoa in Ecuador with no one else in sight was an amazing experience. But what made this trip stand out for us is the people – the family we stayed with had next to nothing in terms of home comforts, it was a real eye-opener. Even though they didn’t even have running water, they made us feel so welcome… and the grog they gave us was extremely potent!
3. For a view that will make your head spin, you have to visit the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.
4. Any highlights of South America list has to include Machu Picchu – but it’s the four-day Inca Trail hike that was the best part of our visit.
5. In terms of South American city’s, Brazil’s Rio de Janerio has something for everybody. There’s great hikes through the Tijuca National Forest, viewpoints over the city from Christ the Redeemer (one of the seven wonders of the world) and favelas to explore.
6. To see some of the best scenery Patagonia has to offer, I would whole-heartedly recommend Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
7. You just can’t visit South America without venturing into the Amazon, and our trip to Rurrenabaque in Bolivia is one of the best adventures we’ve had so far.
8. Another highlight is the fantastic Iguacu Falls. They have to be some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and seeing them means that you’ll be comparing every other waterfall you see to these for the rest of your life.
9. Donning our crampons and climbing over the Perito Moreno glacier was a spectacular experience that I would really recommend. We’ll never forget the sound of the ice rumbling like thunder as gigantic chunks broke off into the water with a huge splash.
10. Lastly, climbing an active volcano in Pucon, Chile, was incredible. It was one of the toughest things we’ve ever done – you definitely must have a certain level of fitness for this – but you get to finish it all off by sliding down the snow on your bum.
There’s much more of South America still left to explore, but we’re pleased with everything we managed to do in our short four months. Maybe one day we’ll come back and do some of the bits we missed, but for now it’s time to move on to the next chapter in our journey – New Zealand!