Travel Tuesday: 5 Popular Destinations to Visit in South America

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Commonly known as Rio, it is the second largest city in Brazil with part of the city being a World Heritage Site. Located in the southern hemisphere, it is one of the most visited city because of the city's natural settings,...

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Commonly known as Rio, it is the second largest city in Brazil with part of the city being a World Heritage Site. Located in the southern hemisphere, it is one of the most visited city because of the city's natural settings, carnival celebrations, music, historical landmarks such as the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer and beaches. One of the best beaches to visit while in Rio is the world-famous Ipanema Beach where you will be able to experience how life is like in Rio.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital and the largest city in Argentina, Buenos Aires is considered to have the second best quality of life in Latin America. The city is often referred to as the Paris of South America because the city is one of the most important, largest and most populous of all South American capitals. Buenos Aires is very rich in cultural life and known for its European style architecture hence this city is a top tourist destination. With its bustling environment, you will definitely have a great time at this city while visiting its' old neighborhoods that offers a romantic feel. A must go destination is the Cafe Tortoni, the oldest coffee shop which will give you a feel how life was back in 1858.

Machu Picchu, Peru

A 15th century Inca site located above 2,430 metres above sea level, this site not only offers a rich history of the Inca Empire but it also offers a stunning view. This destination is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Although over the years, the outlying buildings have been reconstructed, Machu Picchu is still very vulnerable to threats from natural causes to having too many tourists.

Cartagena, Colombia

Located on the Caribbean Coast, Cartagena is a fishing village that has great beaches, gorgeous colonial architecture, and a historic old town that is entirely walkable. The city is also mostly associated with pirates in the Caribbean and the world. Most of the tourists who come to this lovely city visit Steps of la Popa Mount, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and Las Bovedas.

La Paz, Boliva

Surrounded by high mountains, this city has varying elevations ranging from 3,200 to 4,100 metres making it the highest capital city in the world. La Paz is considered to be an important cultural center in Bolivia because of several cathedrals belonging to the colonial times located in the city. A unique city, La Paz not only offers historical buildings and items dating back to the Pre-Conquest era but also colorful markets. One popular market to visit is The Witches' Market which is run by local witch doctors where you can buy charms and potions that are used in Bolivian rituals.

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