As a continent, South America offers some of the most exciting and affordable traveling opportunities when compared with practically anywhere else in the World right now. For travellers from Western countries, tremendous value can be found in terms of travel, accommodation and other costs you will incur while sampling South America’s delights. In this article, let’s first take a look at the logistics of getting around the various countries within South America and then move on to take a closer look at the best, must-see destinations you can not afford to miss on this continent!
The Transport Situation in South America
Getting to South America is usually pretty cheap when compared with other international flights as several flight companies compete with each other to attract customers. However, once in South America itself air travel can be surprisingly expensive between South American countries. Between, say, Brazil and Argentina you normally end up paying more for your airfare than you would expect to and certainly more than a comparable distance flight would cost internally in the USA. Generally, though, it is not inter-South American air travel is not unaffordable and can be the best option, especially when factoring in time. However, if you choose a different mode of transport that will take a little longer to get from A to B, then you will soon discover that it can be incredibly cheap to make your way across South America. Buses regularly travel between one South American country to another as they weave their way across the huge bus networks that have continued to grow as links between the continent’s countries have improved. Bus tickets can be booked for stunningly cheap prices, which makes seeing all of South America highly affordable. However, prepare yourself for lengthy waits at border crossings so be sure to pack a good book!
The Best Places to Visit in South America
Now that you have a reasonable idea of what transport is like in South America, let’s have a look at the top destinations to visit in the continent that will leave you with amazing memories which will last for a lifetime!
Corcovado, the famous mountain situated around the centre of the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a sight which no visit to South America would be complete without. It is possible to take a train cart all the way to the peak and enjoy one of the World’s most spectacular vistas in the process. You not only will enjoy stunning views of the city below but will also join an exclusive club of travellers who have made their way to the top of the Corcovado that includes Princess Diana, Albert Einstein and more than one Pope!
The Iguazu Falls is a rare treat for travellers who have always dreamt of visiting a spectacular waterfall in-person. You can visit different parts of the Iguazu Falls from three different South American countries: Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Probably the most mind blowing part of paying a visit to Iguazu Falls is the sheer scale of it all. Most people would find themselves mesmerized by one stunning waterfall; however, Iguazu Falls is actually a collection of 275 different waterfalls which makes it all the more astonishing.
A Night Out in Buenos Aires!
The words Buenos Aires and nightlife are practically synonymous with the Argentine capital having built up a reputation for offering an incredible nightlife over a period of decades. Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint with the whole city seemingly turning into a nightlife heaven after the sun goes down! Whether you want to visit the hottest clubbing hotspots, such as Alsina and Crobar, or instead head to one of the many classy bars and drink red wine until the sun comes up, you will be sure to find the perfect place for you.
The Torres del Paine National Park
South America has a wide array of beautiful, unblemished scenery. Heading to Chile to the Torres del Paine National Park in the region of Patagonia is quite possibly the best place to take this scenery in while visiting South America. Here you will be able to take in rare flowers, stunning mountain scenery and see a colossal selection of wildlife including birds of prey and the South American Gray Fox. Simply put, if you want to see South America in all its natural glory, then this is the place to visit.
Hopefully this article has inspired you to visit South America and will give you some great places to visit on your adventure. It’s an awesome continent and can be travelled around without needing deep pockets. All in all, it’s continent not to be missed!