Some Spectacular South American Adventures
South America is built for adventures, and explorers are attracted to its exotic shores. Glistening glaciers hug soaring granite mountains, condors circle over desert gorges, tumbling waterfalls inspire movies and vast steamy jungles host animals from monkeys to jaguars. Throw in the ancient ruins and you have a lifetime of exploring in store.
Below are 8 adventures that can only be experienced in South America.
Death Road, Bolivia
You need nerves of steel to take on the cycle ride along Bolivia’s Death Road. This 41-mile stretch of dirt does not get its name for nothing.
More than 200 people a year lose their lives traversing the road which winds its way around a steep mountainside. That does not deter adventurers from across the globe from traversing its hairpin turns and bends, avoiding incoming trucks that use it for transporting goods to and from La Paz.
One of the Wonders of the World, Peru
Machu Picchu hosts thousands of travelers daily, but that does not stop people from flying around the world and hiking for days just to catch their first sight of the ancient Inca ruins from the Sun Gate.
It is the Top of the trip, the ending of a 4-day trek which takes one up along a route used by the ancient civilization centuries ago.
Act our your Charles Darwin in the Galapagos, Ecuador
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, 1 of the world’s greatest naturalists, to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands.
There is nowhere else on Earth where his theory of evolution is so clearly on display. Every island on the relatively small archipelago reveals new life that adapted to their surroundings without fear or threat from predators. Feeling brave? Then SCUBA with large schools marine-life, seals and sharks included.
Cross the endless salted plains of Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the World’s largest salt flat covers a 4,600 sqk. Those who decide to take on the trip alone are either foolhardy or NutZ. To do it safely join 1 of the daily 4×4 tours which motor across the stark and beautiful landscape.
You can even stay a night in 1 of the remote hotels built entirely from salt.
The Sand Dunes of Huacachina, Peru
The tiny settlement of Huacachina, Peru raps around a palm-fringed desert oasis, serves as 1 of the most popular adventure experiences in South America.
Strap on a specially-designed board and carve down the sand dunes. Snowboarders have a natural advantage, but do not worry if you have never tried it, you can always belly board and/or sand sled. Do not expect any chair lifts to take you back up there are none.
The Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina
This is not technically South America, but Ushuaia, Argentina serves as the point leave for Antarctica via the Drake Passage. There is much more than vast land of ice. The peninsula teems with wildlife species, and catching glimpses of playful pods of killer whales, seals basking on ice floes and colonies of waddling penguins that number the millions happen daily down there.
Conjures up feelings of a bygone era of adventurous travel silently paddling along the mighty Amazon. I actually know some one who did it in a dugout canoe.
Now, however, you will slip into kayaks and join up with explorers ever to have taken on the longest river in the World.
Of course, you would not cruise the entire 4,345 miles.
From the port city of Manaus in Brazil, there are several overnight camping expeditions that will take you deep into the Amazon wilderness, you know it will be an adventure.
Languish in the pools of Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
Words cannot describe the rippling white dunes that run along Brazil’s north Atlantic coast.
Those adventurers lucky enough to visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park just after rainy season find a landscape dotted with multi-colored seasonal lagoons. With relatively few people visiting every year, you will have no trouble finding your own private bathing pool to languish in.
Enjoy your travel adventures in South America
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