Fun Things To Do When Travelling In South America
If you're thinking of travelling in South America, here are a few ideas to get you started!
Andes is the longest continental mountain range on the planet, containing the world’s highest volcanoes and span seven South American countries. Aside from appreciating this geographical wonder, the breathtaking views and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience such heights, the Andes provide first class skiing conditions. Make sure your family travel insurance covers skiing accidents!
The Panama Canal
One of the most impressive engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal is well worth your time. Cruises run up and down the canal, giving you a unique insight into the history of the canal and how the world has changed because of it. The views from the boats are pretty impressive too!
Its original name means fall from the highest point, and it’s not hard to understand why that description came about. Angel Falls is the world’s highest uninterrupted water fall, providing fantastic views of an amazing geographical wonder. Located in Venezuela, you won’t be short of photo opportunities when you visit the base of this majestic waterfall either.
Whilst it’s not an individual sight or activity, the city is one of the most diverse and exciting places to visit, with something for everyone to do and see. Live like a local enjoying a maté in a street-side cafe doing some people watching or sample some Argentinean wine at a local salsa club late into the night.
The Amazon Rainforest
As the world’s largest tropical rainforest and containing over half of the planet’s remaining rainforest plant life, the Amazon is something you shouldn’t miss when travelling through South America. There are a lot of opportunities to visit deep inside jungle, including volunteer trips to help with conservation and preservation of the native wild- and plant life, which are well worth looking into. If you are only passing through briefly, expeditions to see the jungle are available from a number of travel groups. Fancy yourself as a bit of an Indiana Jones type? Sail down the Amazon in your own tour boat to get a great look at what the Amazon is all about. You’ll need more than the typical European insurance policies if you intend on venturing further, so make sure you have adequate backpackers or adventure travel insurance if you do head into the Amazon.
On the border between Brazil and Argentina, things don’t get much grander or impressive than Iguazu Falls, a collection of waterfalls up to 250 feet in height. Tourists flock all year round to viewing platforms and tour boats to experience the wonder of the falls. There are two international airports in the area for easy access and visits on boats can be booked online in advance. If you can, make sure you visit - it hasn’t been named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World for nothing!