10 South American Escapes

Looking for adventure? Explore the volcanos of Ecuador, the floating islands of Bolivia, the waterfalls of Argentina, and the jungles of Brazil in one of the adventure capitals of the world – South America.

Choquequirao, Peru

Choquequirao is very similar to Machu Picchu, without the crowds. Trek in to Choquequirao from Cachora through the mountains, along Apurimac River canyon and in to the cloud forest to explore buildings, terraces, and ancient rock designs of this must-see destination.

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil/Peru/Ecuador

Have the journey of a lifetime trekking through the rainforest, fishing for piranhas, searching for the alligator-like black caiman, and waking to the sounds of the Amazon from your lodge or river cruise ship.

Patagonia Eco Adventure, Chile

Experience condors, rheas and guanacos, ice-blue lakes, and iconic 6,500 ft. tall granite towers in the mountains of Torres del Paine National Park – where trekking meets eco-camping.

Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina border

This expansive waterfall system is said to be the largest in the world, and is home to tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, and ocelots – the best part? You can experience it all on the boardwalks and trails around the falls in to the surrounding subtropical rainforest.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Wildlife lovers can visit the Galapagos Islands on a small ship adventure cruise, with an onboard naturalist to teach you everything you need to know about the national park. Discover unique species on guided hikes, dives, and snorkeling trips, beachcombing, kayaking, and biking.

Elqui Domos, Astronomy Retreat, Chile

Stay in a geodesic dome with a roof that opens to the stars, or in an observatory cabin with windows aimed at the sky and one-of-a-kind views of the valley and mountains. Located in a remote part of the country, this modern retreat also features an observatory with Celestron telescopes on-site.

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Ipiales, Columbia

Like something from a fairytale, this basilica is remarkable for its architecture and location, spanning a river valley, surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. Built between 1909 and 1949, it’s amongst the most spectacular churches in the world.

Volcanoes & Culture, Ecuador

Venture to Ecuador and visit the snow-capped volcano in Cotopaxi National Park, explore the highlands, and experience local food and music at South America's largest indigenous market at Otavalo.

Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Situated near Puno on the world's highest navigable lake, the islands, homes, furniture, and boats are all made of yellow totora reeds by the Uros people. Originally built hundreds of years ago for defense, their homes could float away as the Incas moved onto their land.

Cape Horn, Chile

Catch a cruises from Rio or Buenos Aires to Valparaiso and experience with wonder of Cape Horn. This legendary spot in southern Chile has challenged mariners for centuries. Windswept, bleak, and surrounded by rough seas, journeying to the bottom of the world is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Photo: Ipiales, Colombia
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