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Although it may seem like a cliché to say that travel opens the mind, it is undoubtedly true. More and more of us are prioritizing travel, with 39% of millennials considering travel options when choosing a job and one in three reportedly willing to spend more than £5,000 on a summer holiday.

From landmarks built by ancient civilisations to cool and cosmopolitan cities with vibrant carnivals, South America is could be the perfect choice If you are looking for your next adventure. It is a mind-blowing picturesque continent with a vibrant Latin vibe. 

The beaches are exquisite, the mountains impressive, and it is home to the Amazon rainforest and several wonders of the world. We are a generation that wants to see the world, and with reasonable flights, affordable accommodation, and unique and diverse geography, South America is a great place to start.

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Amazing views everywhere! Here on the Inca Trail!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This has to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in South America. The Rio Carnival is a world-class fiesta of colour and rhythm, but you can dance the samba in the streets, all year around. Take a cable car up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, marvel at Christ the Redeemer, or hit the famous Copacabana beach. Although it is one of the worlds’ largest party cities, Rio has wonderful hidden gems and impressive hiking trails throughout. 

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Explore the city in Rio de Janeiro
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Helicopter view

Iguazu Waterfalls

One of the continent’s most famous sights, the Iguazu waterfalls is one of the natural wonders of the world. The Iguazu is the largest waterfall system on the planet, consisting of a combination of 270 awe-inspiring waterfalls that lie across Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. To get the best views, it is recommended that you head to the falls through Argentina but the Brazilian side offers some seriously breath-taking panoramic views of the falls as well. 

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From our trip to Iguazu, a moment worth sharing.
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How amazing does this view look? I want to be one of those people standing there.

Medellin, Colombia

Colombia is stunning, it is rich in colour and culture and the people are warm, friendly and inviting. One of the highlights has to be Medellin, a gorgeous town that was once the home of Pablo Escobar. The street art in Medellin is particularly impressive. The comunas are filled with urban artwork, and there are several guided tours of the phenomenal graffiti. 

The Rosario Islands are just a few hours from here, and the crystalline waters and travel brochure-worthy coastlines offer some of the best diving on the planet. Colombia is a country that has known conflict, but while some areas are still considered off-limits, the vast majority of trips go smoothly. As with the majority of these trips, it is important that you have comprehensive insurance just to be on the safe side. 

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A place full of vibrant color!

Machu Picchu, Peru

On most travellers’ lists, Machu Picchu is an ancient city shrouded in mist and mystery. The lost city of the Incas is one of the ancient wonders of the world, and a must for so many travellers. Whilst you are close, a trip to Cusco is also recommended. The oldest inhabited city in the Americas, Cusco’s cobblestoned paths, ornate cathedrals, Inca temples and beautiful boutiques are ready to be explored.

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Breathtaking view over Machu Picchu
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Worth the wait to get all the way to the top.

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