South America is home to some of the most interesting historical destinations that will challenge anyone’s perception of the region. For starters, this is the continent that gives us vibrant cities such as Buenos Aires, also known as the Paris of South America!
So if you’re a history buff, or just keen to immerse yourself in the continent’s rich culture, take a look at some of the major historic sites to visit in South America.
1. The Elqui Valley in Chile
The grape-growing region of the Elqui Valley is a jewel in Chile’s crown. Located between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, it is known for its cloudless nights and unique geographical positioning that makes it perfect for stargazing. As such, it’s also the perfect place from which to enjoy a unique eclipse experience. It stretches for thousands of miles, and the background of the rugged landscape makes it a fantastic place to tour around. Most people often arrange to visit the day which the eclipse will appear, which this year will be 2nd July, and travel a great distance just to get a great view of the celestial spectacle.
2. Iguazu Falls in Brazil
South America is home to some of the most famous and incredible waterfalls in the world: the Iguazu Falls. This remarkable natural phenomenon is situated in the Iguazu River at the border of Misiones, the Argentine province and the state of Parana. This location often attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world.
There are two options for viewing the Iguazu Falls. You can decide to take a boat ride and float your way to the falls, or you can opt for a bird’s eye view by taking a helicopter ride over them. The water in this section of the Iguazu River is always gushing and full of energy, providing an invigorating experience. The whole area is filled with the noise of the water as it falls into the river. During a sunny day, you may also get to see a huge rainbow which enhances the view further.
3. Santo Domingo Convent in Peru
Santo Domingo Convent is inhabited in Cusco which is one city that is embellished with a distinct archaeological structure that covers most parts of the region. The Convent was built on top of the former Incan temple. The region is known to harbour great sites, and its beauty makes it one of the best places in South America. The stone streets are fantastic and provide a tranquil environment that is the perfect remedy for the stresses of modern life.
There are always a number of live festivals in the nearby cities during the summer, and so if you love the buzz, ensure you schedule your tour during these days. You can also pay a visit to the Qoriacancha palace, whose architectural design is stunning and reminiscent of the ancient culture. With all these amazing locations to visit, Cusco proves to be the best place to tour in South America.
4. Mount Romania
The Romania Mountain is known to be a great site where enthusiastic mountain climbers flock to in the hopes of gaining a new experience. It is so far the highest point of the Pakaraima chain of Tepnui plateaus.
What makes it so special is that it is a meeting point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. It has a flat top and rises straight to the clouds giving it both an awesome yet intimidating appearance. There is a specific route that people use to get to the top; however, some thrill-seekers often bring their own gear and try alternate routes. Mount Romania in South America is yet another historic destination that shows how diverse this continent is.
These are just a few examples of the historic sites on offer, and travellers to the region will also be awed by the Amazon rainforest, the biggest in the world, as well as Chapada Veadeiros national park, the renowned UNESCO world heritage site. For those looking to immerse themselves in natural and cultural history, South America is a great destination.