Holidays in South America are the ultimate treasure trove, packed full of natural wonders, buzzing cities, spectacular beaches and outdoor adventure, plus so many more unknown secrets and hidden gems still left to uncover.
Among South America’s plethora of jaw-dropping natural sights are the world’s largest waterfall, the world’s largest tropical rainforest and the world’s largest salt flat – so you’re not short of options!
Iguazu Falls, the aforementioned waterfall, can be found on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Here, hundreds on waterfalls converge for a breath-taking sight. Over in Bolivia, the Uyuni Salt Flat covers a pretty impressive 11,000 square kilometres, making for a truly unique spectacle, while in the Amazon Rainforest, you’ll find jaguars, macaws, poison dart frogs and pink river dolphins in the Amazon River.
There are more mesmerising sights to soak up too, with the Rainbow Mountains in Peru, Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier and the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.
South America holidays are also fantastic for outdoor adventure. Possibly the most famous pursuit is hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, but another stunning hike is to Colombia’s Lost City (La Ciudad Perdida) through the jungle to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
And don’t miss out on the opportunity to try sandboarding in the Atacama Desert in Chile, while with Sunny Heart Travel you can even snowboard in South America, by heading to Bariloche in Argentina.
The continent is also full of bustling cities, great for family holidays in South America with plenty to keep the kids entertained. Havana, capital of Cuba, is beautiful with its colourful, Spanish colonial architecture and vintage cars, while Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires boasts numerous world-class museums.
Beach holidays in South America are among the best on the planet. From Copacabana in Rio, Brazil, to Anakena Beach on Easter Island the continent’s beaches are breath-taking. You can also head to the beaches of Mancora in Peru for spectacular surf during the day and an awesome party atmosphere in the town at night.