The most beautiful places in South America

The most beautiful places in South America

The best of nature in South America

South America, it is mainly the endless ridge of Andes, the volcanic plateau Altiplano and the amazing Amazon forest. To this, the harsh Patagonia, the foggy forests of Yungas and the huge rivers. In South America you will find some of the most interesting places of the whole world

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Machu Picchu
-13.163, -72.545
2 458 m / 8 064 ft

#1 Machu Picchu

The most famous monument of South America

Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the most iconic place of Peru and perhaps all of South America. Not only famous for his legacy of the lost city of Incas, but also for his amazing location between the jungle-covered hills. There is perhaps no tourist who would visit Perú and miss this beautiful monument.

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#2 Torres del Paine

Chilean jewel

The Torres del Paine area, located to the east of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, is one of the most beautiful places in Chile. There's nothing wrong with the bad weather that's mostly there. For most tourists, it's just an area around the most interesting granite towers of Cuernos and the Gray glacier, but beautiful places are more in the south around Lake Toro, near the Serrano River

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Iguazu Waterfalls
-25.695, -54.437
180 m / 591 ft

#3 Iguazu Waterfalls

The most beautiful waterfalls in South America

Iguazu Falls are located on the of the same name river on the border of Brazil with Argentina. Iguazu are considered both the most beautiful waterfall in the world, but also the largest - decompose almost three kilometers wide and consist of around 275 individual parts. Waterfalls are worth visiting both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. From brazil side, you will see Iguazu more panoramically. From the Argentine side you will stay more closer to waterfall and you can try more hiking trails.

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Salar de Uyuni
-20.164, -67.571
3 660 m / 12 008 ft

#4 Salar de Uyuni

The biggest salar in the world

Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert on the earth. It is, for example, twice larger than famous Great Salt Lake in Utah. It has 12 106 square kilometers, salt layer is between 2-20 meters and annually is mined 20,000 tons. In addition, there are interesting black rocks towering from salar like true "islands". They are covered by several cacti. Dry salt makes interesting geometric polygons here. On the other hand, when is salar after rains full of water, it looks like an endless mirror.  

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Atacama Desert
-22.866, -68.227
2 544 m / 8 346 ft

#5 Atacama Desert

The driest desert in the world

The Atacama Desert is considered as the driest desert in the world. Atacama occupies the entire north of Chile and south of Peru. The most beautiful and a very accessible part of Atacama desert is seen near San Pedro de Atacama. Here are the bizarre red-colored cliffs and canyons.

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Salto Angel waterfall
5.97, -62.536
1 500 m / 4 921 ft

#6 Salto Angel waterfall

The highest waterfall in the world

Waterfall Salto Angel falling nearly a kilometer from the table mountains in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world. It also belongs among the most beautiful of the world, mainly due to the magical nature around.

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Perito Moreno Glacier
-50.473, -73.051
300 m / 984 ft

#7 Perito Moreno Glacier

The most famous Patagonian glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier is without a doubt one of the biggest attractions of the Argentine side of Patagonia. There are 48 glaciers going down from the south patagonian ice field, but this is just the most famous, the most visited, but probably the most beautiful one. Its length is a total of 30km. It is also massive in width - almost 5 kilometers.

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Laguna Colorada
-22.208, -67.774
4 290 m / 14 075 ft

#8 Laguna Colorada

Red heart of Altiplano

Red Laguna Colorada belongs among one of the biggest attractions of this part of Bolivia. You will admire here thousands of flamingos living in this red lagoon surrounded by volcanic mountains.  

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Roraima
5.192, -60.745
2 810 m / 9 219 ft

#9 Roraima

Magic table mountain

Roraima (2,810m) is the highest of all the tepuis (table mountains) in South America. At its peak you will find the triple point of countries Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. Life on the vast mountain top is completely different from the savannah 400 meters below. Here you can find interesting rock formations, caves and even rivers.

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Colca Canyon
-15.605, -71.99
2 169 m / 7 116 ft

#10 Colca Canyon

One of the deepest canyons in the world

Colca Canyon, with its 3,270 meters of depth is one of the deepest canyons of the world. His character changes from narrow gorge to the relatively flat valley with lots of terraced fields. In this canyon lead a relatively challenging trek along the old Inca trails.

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Geiseres el Tatio
-22.33, -68.006
4 720 m / 15 486 ft

#11 Geiseres el Tatio

Highly laid geysers

Geiseres el Tatio (4270 m asl) is one of the biggest attractions in San Pedro de Atacama. It is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere. It will impress rather with large number of geysers (about eighty) rather than with eruption height. The geyser field itself is highly placed on the Altiplano and is surrounded by five thousand meters high volcanoes.

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Titicaca Lake
-15.925, -69.335
3 820 m / 12 533 ft

#12 Titicaca Lake

Freshwater sea

This fabulous lake is situated at an altitude of 3 820 meters above sea level. It is often stated as the highest navigable lake in the world. With its area of 8549 square kilometers it is also the second largest lake in South America. There are 36 islands and it has a clear blue colored water. It is actually a remnant of an ancient sea that once covered almost entire Altiplano.

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Cerro Fitz Roy
-49.271, -73.043
3 405 m / 11 171 ft

#13 Cerro Fitz Roy

The most beautiful mountain in Patagonia

The amazing granite towers of Cerro Fitz Roy (3,405 m) /sometimes called Cerro Chaltén/, have many nicknames. One of the most prestigious is the Patagonian Granite Crown. In the sunsets, when the whole massif is lit up in ore, you will definitely say that it is one of the most beautiful sceneries you can ever see in the world. Fitz Roy itself is only the most massive and highest granite tower. This mountain is one of the most difficult in the world.

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Bolivian death road
-16.277, -67.795
2 451 m / 8 041 ft

#14 Bolivian death road

The most famous South American road

If you want to get to Yungas region or to the Amazon from the Altipláno plateau, you always have a dangerous downhill run. The most famous of these dangerous roads is the Camino de la Muerte - Death Road. Today you will meet here mostly cyclists, thanks to a new safer road.

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Oasis of Huacachina
-14.088, -75.764
401 m / 1 316 ft

#15 Oasis of Huacachina

An oasis in the Peruvian desert

Just a few kilometers west of the great city of Ica is a desert with huge dunes and picturesque oasis Huacachina. Lake surrounded by dunes looks really remarkably.

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Grande Glacier
-49.319, -73.031
796 m / 2 612 ft

#16 Grande Glacier

The ornament of the Torre lagoon

The highlight of the Torre lagoon hike is not only a stunning view of the mighty granite tower of Cerro Torre, but also of the magnificent Grande glacier leading directly to the lagoon

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Parinacota
-18.164, -69.142
6 342 m / 20 807 ft

#17 Parinacota

The most beautiful volcano in the world

Among the most beautiful volcanoes of Bolivia and the whole world, there is, by a white cap decorated, Parinacota (6 342 m asl). Although the most fashionable exit trails lead to it from Bolivia, the most beautiful view is from the Chilean side of Lake Chungara. Together with the neighboring Pomerape Volcano (6,282m asl), they are called "two mountains" after the Payachata in Ayamu.

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Alpamayo
-8.879, -77.652
5 947 m / 19 511 ft

#18 Alpamayo

The most beautiful mountain in Peru

Because Alpamayo looks like an impossibly beautiful glacier pyramid, it is ranked among one of the most beautiful mountains not only in Peru, but all over the world. Trekking routes lead both from the south (commercial) and northern (more adventurous) side of the mountain, so you can see it from virtually all sides.

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Laguna Chiar Khota
-18.05, -69.051
4 998 m / 16 398 ft

#19 Laguna Chiar Khota

Lake with fabulous views

Laguna Chiar Khota (4998m above sea level) is the highest lake you can see on the Lagunas de Altura classical trail. Thanks to its incredible view of the Sajama Volcano, it is also one of the most interesting places in the entire trek.

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Licancabur
-22.833, -67.883
5 960 m / 19 554 ft

#20 Licancabur

Volcanic lighthouse over lagoon Verde

One of the most typical Bolivian scenery is the view from the lagoon Verde of volcano Licancabur (5 960 m asl) lying directly on the border with Chile. Beautifully symmetrical volcanic cone rises to a height of nearly six thousand meters above sea level. Despite its height it belongs among simple hiking destinations.  

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Aconcaqua
-32.654, -70.011
6 915 m / 22 687 ft

#21 Aconcaqua

The highest mountain of the western hemisphere

For centuries, Aconcagua has been considered the highest mountain in the world. However, it is only the highest mountain in the southern and western hemispheres. The ascent will be handled by physically capable individuals with little luck for the weather. You does not require climbing experience for. The way to the top is very crowded. And do not forget to use the Shit Bag, otherwise you will be fined when leaving national park

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Huerquehue National Park
-39.138, -71.708
1 270 m / 4 167 ft

#22 Huerquehue National Park

Back to Prehistory

A beautiful Huerquehue National Park is located just outside Pucon. This is renowned for the mighty Arukari trees that remembers dinosaurs. Besides there are nice lakes, waterfalls, mountains and a view of the famous Villarica volcano.

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Illimani
-16.637, -67.788
6 439 m / 21 125 ft

#23 Illimani

Symbol of La Paz

The monumental massif of the second highest mountain in Bolivia, Illimani (6,439m), is one of the most famous Bolivian mountain images ever. The panorama of the endless number of red houses over which the white mountain crown rises on the horizon is breathtaking.

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Caracol waterfall
-29.311, -50.855
640 m / 2 100 ft

#24 Caracol waterfall

Fairytale waterfall

Caracol waterfall is for foreign tourists relatively little known yet is considered after the Iguazú as the second most beautiful waterfall in Brasil. Water exceeds more than 130 meters into the local jungle. It is located in the Sierra Geral south of the country

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Palca Canyon
-16.564, -67.971
3 660 m / 12 008 ft

#25 Palca Canyon

A bizarre canyon full of rock formations

Just a short distance to the east of the largest city of Bolivia La Paz is another natural wonder - the canyon of Palca. Here you can admire the imposing rock towers and enjoy the stunning scenery

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Lookout from Cerro Otto
-41.144, -71.376
1 405 m / 4 610 ft

#26 Lookout from Cerro Otto

The most famous lookout near Bariloche

Cerro Otto (1 405 m), located right next to Bariloche, is renowned for its stunning views of the very rugged coast of Lake Nahuel Huapi.Even a cable car leads to the top, so even a physically weaker person can enjoy this beautiful sight

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Villarica volcano
-39.421, -71.939
2 847 m / 9 341 ft

#27 Villarica volcano

Tourists favorite volcano at Pucón

Beautiful and especially still active, the Villarica volcano is without debate the largest dominant in Pucón region. Ascent to this volcano is the most popular and most challenging trip from this city. The views from the volcano and to the crater are really worth it.

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El Silar
-21.428, -65.812
3 350 m / 10 991 ft

#28 El Silar

Bolivian Bryce canyon

The most beautiful part of the valley Palca is a vast rock town of El Silar. Hundreds of eroded rock towers protrude here above the semi-arid landscape. The entire area is easily accessible from Tupiza. You can spend here hours by strolling and admiring the views. It is the most beautiful rock town in Bolivia.

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Lanín Volcano
-39.637, -71.503
3 776 m / 12 388 ft

#29 Lanín Volcano

A mighty peak at the Chilean-Argentine border

The massive volcano Lanin (3,776 meters asl) is directly on the Chilean-Argentine border. Renowned mainly by its beautiful surroundings, which, however, due to remoteness is relatively little visited by tourists. Near the volcano you will find prehistoric araukaria trees, lakes, but also older mountain ridges partially littered with lava

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General Carrera lake
-46.474, -71.713
202 m / 663 ft

#30 General Carrera lake

On the border between Chile and Argentina lies the beautiful Lake General Carrera (other name Lago Buenos Aires). At the same time it is the largest Chilean lake (the fourth Argentinean) with a depth of up to 600 meters. The lake is surrounded by glacier-treated mountains and you can find beautiful romantic beaches and rocky islands.

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Jatuncocha Lagoon
-11.94, -75.033
4 580 m / 15 026 ft

#31 Jatuncocha Lagoon

The most beautiful lagoon in the Huaytapallana

During a trip to the Huaytapallana Mountains, you will find a number of very beautiful lagoons. The most beautiful of them is called Jatuncocha

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Paracas peninsula
-13.893, -76.314
3 m / 10 ft

#32 Paracas peninsula

Desolate region with yellow cliffs

Only a short distance from the city of Pisco is located the interesting peninsula of Paracas. The interior is desert and its edges are lined with beautiful yellow cliffs and rock formations. La Cathedral is the most famous of its kind. Together with the nearby Ballestas islands, this area is called the Peruvian Galapagos.

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The mysterious Nazca Lines
-14.739, -75.13
430 m / 1 411 ft

#33 The mysterious Nazca Lines

Gigantic ancient calendar?

One of the most mysterious places in Peru, or the entire world with its gigantic Nazca figures in the surrounding desert. Theories for what these figures have served are really a whole host, from a huge calendar to welcome aliens. Anyway, it's worth a visit, preferably from an airplane.

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Fumaroles Sol de Maňana
-22.434, -67.756
4 870 m / 15 978 ft

#34 Fumaroles Sol de Maňana

Devil's cauldron

The biggest "volcanic" attraction on the entire salar tour are smoking fumaroles Sol de Maňana at a height of nearly five thousand meters above sea level. There are several such "smokey places", so do not be surprised to see only a pond full of mud instead of amazing photos you have admired on pictures. You just may need to walk away a little.  

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National Park Tierra del Fuego
-54.8, -68.51
180 m / 591 ft

#35 National Park Tierra del Fuego

Beautiful countryside of Land of Fire

Only a short distance west of the capital city of Fire Country - Ushuaia, is the Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will find here a classic wind-scorched "Nordic" landscape with plenty of lakes, mountains and wild forests around the large lake Lago Roca.

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Gray Glacier
-50.962, -73.243
442 m / 1 450 ft

#36 Gray Glacier

The most famous glacier in Torres del Paine

One of the most interesting places of the Torres del Paine National Park is the Gray Glacier - one of the many glaciers of the mighty South-Patagonian glacier field.

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Volcano El Misti
-16.299, -71.406
5 822 m / 19 101 ft

#37 Volcano El Misti

Beautiful volcano over Arequipa

One of the most beautiful volcanoes in Perú is undoubtedly the El Misti volcano (5,822 m above sea level) towering over the city of Arequipa. Ascent to El Misti is one of the most popular excursions in this area.

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