South America may not be the automatic destination for your solo travels. It’s often perceived as the exclusive domain of the backpacker.
Look a little closer however and you’ll discover a hidden treasure trove of delights. If you choose South America for your solo travels, you’re guaranteed to find something to love in each of these 5 great destinations.
Sandwiched between coastal desert and the Andes with the rainforests of the Amazon basis thrown in, Peru offers a heady mix of culture, ancient history and vibrant nightlife. All in all it’s the perfect blend for the solo traveler. From the ancient city of Cusco to the legendary stone citadel of the long lost Inca tribe at Machu Picchu you’ll be enraptured throughout your stay. Further afield you’ll find the capital city of Lima with its archaeological treasures and of course there’s Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.
If your knowledge of Argentina is limited to the odd famous soccer player and the name of its capital city then you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Argentina has so much more to offer. Try a visit to the World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuca with its Hill of Seven Colors. You’ll find another World Heritage Site at Los Glaciares National Park with the Perito Morena Glacier, a towering ‘advancing’ glacier. In addition to its stunning natural landscape Argentina offers the vibrance of Buenos Aires. Here you’ll also find the final resting place of the legendary Eva Peron at Recoleta Cemetery.
The slenderest South American country offers yet another eclectic mix of culture and ancient history. For more natural wonders don’t miss the El Tatio Geysers, the world’s highest geyser field at 13,000 feet above sea level. If you’re feeling adventurous take a short flight or boat ride to Easter Island, once the most isolated place on Earth and famous for its giant rock figures (Moais). It’s a never to be forgotten experience.
Often eclipsed by its better known neighbors, Venezuela offers a wealth of attractions for the solo traveler with a history dating back nearly 15,000 years. Don’t miss the highest free-falling fresh waterfalls in the world above the Canaima National Park (2,648 feet high). Known locally as ‘Devil’s Mountain’ it is best reached by boat. Nature lovers will adore the Orinoca Delta and sweeping Los Llanos plains. For spectacular sights take the cable car at El Teleferico to Cerro El Avila, offering stunning views of the capital city of Caracas.
With over 2,000 beaches stretching along its shoreline, Brazil is the ultimate destination for solo travelers heading to South America. With its diverse culture and proud soccer heritage, Brazil will keep you entertained throughout your stay. Explore the Amazonian rainforests and marvel at the Iguacu Falls or take a trip to the iconic Rio de Janeiro. With its cultural diversity Brazil is also renowned for its festival culture but it’s not simply the Carnival in Rio – new festivals continually spring up across this enigmatic land. Be sure to take part in one during your stay.