If like us, you’ve caught the the travel bug, the world really is your oyster – and there’s no going back now. But there’s so many breathtaking destinations to see, how can you choose? Well South America is one impossibly stunning continent that has to be at the top of bucket list. We know it’s a big place, with such a rich culture and diverse range of extreme climates, and there’s so many exotic hot spots to visit. So, we’ve narrowed your search for you and compiled a list of the most exotic, out-of-this-world and jaw-dropping natural sights that really have to be seen to be believed.
Bolivia – Salar de Uyuni
Famed for its picturesque views and unbelievable photo-worthy shots, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one travel destination you can’t afford to miss. As the largest salt plains on the planet, this frozen landscape spans over 10,000km. The the salt flat was formed from a monumental prehistoric lake and during the rainy season it transforms in to a giant sky-reflecting mirror. This creates the illusion of a shimmery horizon, and is the reason why so many travelers can’t help but create insta-worthy trick shots and pinterest-worthy selfies!
Chile – Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia
If you make it to Chile, then get ready to feel insignificant as you marvel at the sights of one of the most beautiful National Parks on the planet. Nestled along the Andes, you can totally immerse yourself in nature and gaze in wonder at the towering glaciers and granite horns. While you’re there, you can take full advantage of the 17 hours of daylight hours during the summertime and cascading waterfalls with turquoise and white water. If you’re looking for adventure, then take a hike over the mountains or kayak through the icebergs for more breathtaking views.
Peru – Huacachina
If you head to Peru, you’ll probably want have to catch a glimpse of Machu Picchu, but you might not know about this this surreal desert oasis. Huacachina is located near Lima, and is home to the largest sand dunes in South America. It’s become the perfect place to hop into a sand buggy or sand board across the rolling dunes. The area has fast become a sought after vacation resort and was built in the 1930s around an existing lagoon. There’s actually plenty to do, from bathing in the natural mud to taking a boat tour to spot some penguins and sea lions. If you’re lucky, you can even try to catch a glimpse of the lake’s legendary mermaid, which locals insist still exists.
So if you’re planning your next big trip, remember to add these natural beauties to your ever-growing bucket list!