Making the Most of South America’s Natural World
From rainforests, mountains and beaches, this destination packs a lot of punch
Despite being one of the smallest continents in the world, South America is famed for being home to some of the most impressive of nature’s wonders. Encompassing impressive mountains, beautiful white sand beaches and lush rainforests, it is no surprise that group travelers come from far and wide to experience all they can of the natural world. Sometimes, it can be tricky to know where to start, especially if you are pulling on your explorer’s boots for the first time. Yet, there is something here for travelers of all experience levels, but you should take note of some important tips before you plan a trip.
The Amazon Rainforest is a place that people have always known about, but which few people get to see. Stretched over much of the Brazilian wilderness, it also covers a large expanse of Colombia and Peru. Living in the trees are countless exotic species which have become endangered over the years. People choose to explore this green haven by taking river cruises along the Amazon River, or by going on their own Amazonian expedition in some of the national parks. For the best trails and sightseeing opportunities, parks like Jau National Park are among those you should visit.
Many of South America’s animals are not only found deep in the rainforests but on the small islands that are located all along the continent’s coastline. The most loved of these are arguably the Galapagos Islands, which are defined by the most diverse ecosystem in the world. Galapagos travel has boomed in recent years, and the best way for you to experience all they have to offer is by taking a tour through the islands. This way, you can strike the perfect balance of exploring each island by land, and by sea.
You will rarely see an image of any South American city without noticing the impressive mountainous regions that surround them. As an integral part of the landscape, it would be a shame to come to this region without going on at least one mountain hike. One that travelers come to enjoy from far and wide is the trek up the Incan paradise of Machu Picchu. Besides incredible mountain panoramas, you can learn about the rich history of the area. If you would like to see some of the continent’s volcanoes, then you should hike the rocky terrain of the Valley of the Volcanoes in Ecuador.
When you have spent much of your time exploring, it will be a welcome relief to indulge in some of South America’s best beaches. Although you can enjoy hidden gems that lie along both the western and eastern shores, popular destinations like Florianopolis are an ideal stopping point for those who want a vibrant beach stop-off. In such destinations, you can still make the most of the natural world, by going snorkeling in the warm, blue waters that surround South America. Here, you can see animals like turtles and schools of fish swimming below you.