Top 10 Tourist Attractions in South America (with Map & Photos)

1. Machu Picchu (Peru)

The first place in the Top 10 Attractions of South America is rightfully occupied by the foggy city of Machu Picchu, fanned by legends and myths, or Old Mountain in the language of the Quechua Indians. Mysterious ruins that everyone dreams of seeing, whose heart in his youth sank from breathtaking stories about the mysterious civilizations of the past.

Machu Picchu consists of two sectors - urban and agricultural. In the city, you can see the main attractions of this place: the Temple of the Three Windows, the Stone of the Sun and the House of nobles made of polished granite. This city is a living symbol of the ancient history of Peru.

Machu Picchu is a 15th century city located on a mountain range at an altitude of 2,430 meters above sea level in the province of Urubamba, 80 kilometers northwest of another South American landmark, the city of Cuzco.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

2. Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)

Each of us knows Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution, it was the Galápagos Islands that prompted Charles Darwin to think about the Theory of Evolution. 

Although the islands of the Galápagos archipelago are located 1000 kilometers from the continental Ecuador, they are a real attraction in South America. The archipelago consists of 127 islands, islets and rocks, of which 19 are large. 97% of the total surface of the Galápagos is declared a national park and only the remaining 3% of the territory can be inhabited by people, and only these 3% of the territory is open to tourists. About 30,000 people live on the islands and about 170,000 tourists visit the islands every year. 

It is home to amazing animals such as giant turtles, sea iguanas and Darwin's finches.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

3. Amazon Rainforest

This attraction of South America is located in several countries, but mainly in Brazil. The Amazon forests make up more than half of the planet's remaining rainforests and are considered the true lungs of the planet, and also include the largest and most biodiverse ecosystem in the world. More than 16,000 species of animals live on the territory of the forests.

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

4. Angel Falls (Venezuela)

Angel Falls, this is the tallest and most impressive waterfall in the world, many tourists will put Niagara Falls in first place, but believe me, the water falling from a height of almost a kilometer leaves an indelible impression, a sound that cuts to the bone.

To our great regret, this truly majestic waterfall is located in an impenetrable jungle in a not the most welcoming country in the world, it can only be reached by river or by air.

Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls, Venezuela

5. Atacama Desert (Chile)

The Atacama Desert, the oldest desert on Earth, is also the driest place in the world, especially in the vicinity of the abandoned city of Yungai. The average rainfall is about 15 mm per year, and in some places there has never been moisture. Such unique characteristics have developed due to two factors, high location and bedding between two mountain ranges, which makes it difficult for the flow of water masses.

Atacama Desert, Chile
Atacama Desert, Chile

6. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

On the 6th place in our Top 10 Attractions in South America, there is the most famous city in South America, namely the magnificent Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio. If you want to feel the spirit of this continent, feel its atmosphere, Rio will give you such an opportunity, thanks to the enchanting carnivals and the cosmopolitan Copacabana beach.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

7. Colca Canyon (Peru)

Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world, more than 3000 meters deep and twice as deep as the most famous canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon in the United States.

Colca Canyon, Peru
Colca Canyon, Peru

8. Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina)

The largest national park in Argentina, ranked 8th in the Top 10 attractions in South America. This amazingly beautiful place amazes with its majesty, here you understand the insignificance of man and the power of nature.

Los Glaciares National Park is home to the largest ice cap in the world, feeding 47 large glaciers. The most famous of these is the Perito Moreno Glacier, unique among glaciers as it moves forward while others recede. The park is also home to Lake Argentino, the largest in the country.

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

9. Pantanal (Brazil)

On the territory of Brazil, there are the largest wetlands - the Pantanal, or simply, swamps, but these swamps are home to one of the richest ecosystems in the world. Among the rarest animals inhabiting the wetlands of the Pantanal are the marsh deer, the giant river otter, the crested hermit eagle, the giant anteater and the Paraguayan caiman. The Pantanal is home to one of the largest carnivores on earth, the jaguar.

Pantanal, Brazil
Pantanal, Brazil

10. Quito (Ecuador)

The 10th place in our Top 10 attractions of South America is the capital of Ecuador, Quito, it is truly unique among all the capitals of the world. This is the highest capital in the world was founded by the Spaniards back in 1534, but the city is unique not for its location above sea level, but for the perfectly preserved colorful old colonial city of Quito. It is in it that you can feel the spirit of the colonialists of South America.

Located in the northern mountainous regions of Ecuador, the city is surrounded by volcanoes that can be seen on a clear day. Quito is the only capital in the world threatened by active volcanoes.

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador

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