*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Photo from Pixabay.
South America is one of the least explored parts of the world. And yet, it offers some of the most stunning scenery, tours, and food. Take a look at some of these incredible places you must visit in and around the continent.
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
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Travelers can visit the so-called floating island of the Uros people, a group of around sixty islands that are cast adrift in the lake and take about 40 minutes to reach by boat from the main port at Puno. Here you’re able to spend time with local families, learning how they live, the food they cook, how they educate their children and how they look after their islands.
Lake Titicaca is also almost free from light pollution, and being so high up, it’s a great place to observe the Milky Way, especially if you haven’t seen what it looks like from the Southern Hemisphere.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu became well known after Hiram Bingham announced his discovery of the city in his 1911 book, Across South America. It’s since become South America’s most famous archaeological site, with much of the original Incan architecture and relics still intact. The most amazing feature of the settlement is the Huayna Picchu Mountain which soars more than 1,000 above the ruins themselves.
You can get to Machu Picchu either by train or by hiking along the Inca trail. Be warned: hiking is not for the faint of heart.