From the cool winds of the Andes to the sequined chaos of carnival, South America is a world of complex tastes, rich history and natural beauty. South America has something for everyone, so reduce your 6 degrees of separation with Flight Centre’s small group tours.
Climbing the Historic Machu Picchu
Image: Machi Picchu, Photograph provided by Intrepid group
Perhaps the highlight of Peru, the magnificent towering citadel of stone, made from mortar and brick is a sight to behold. Machu Picchu is made up of buildings and large plazas connected by small paths, cradled by the surrounding mountains. It was one of the modern wonders of the world and is a source of national pride for the people of Peru. Trekking the Inca trail is the best way to approach Machu Picchu, with beautiful natural landscapes and Inca sites to see along the way, it’s worth the strenuous hike.
Relax on the Beach in Rio De Janeiro
Image: Brazil Rio De Janeiro, Photograph by Henry Hawthorne
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro is situated between the stunning Pao de Acucar Mountain and the sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. Home to the iconic art deco statue of Christ, the city is eclectic. Live like the locals and enjoy a beer or Caipirinha on the beach, while enjoying the local cuisine. If you’re planning to travel to Rio just before Easter be prepared for a whirlwind of colour and music. Mardi Gras is held six weeks before Easter and it showcases wild costumes, samba, floats and street parties throughout the city. However you want to spend your time in Rio de Janeiro, there’s something for everyone.
Sip Wine in Argentina
Image: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Photograph by Venetia Featherstone
Argentina is home to some of the world’s greatest foods and wines. If you’re travelling to Argentina make sure you try the local drop. Argentina is famous for its Malbec and Torrontes varietal. The main growing region of Argentina is around the Uco Valley outside Mendoza and up around the Cafayate in the very north. Enjoy a vino with Argentina’s famous and delicious beef or lamb dishes. After dinner, take yourself to a tango show, or even take a dancing class yourself.
Hang With the Tortoises in the Galapagos
Image: The Galapagos, Photograph provided by Intrepid group
The Galapagos, named by 16th Century Spanish Sailors for their giant tortoise species, is perhaps one of the world’s most diverse wildlife destinations. With sea lions, marine iguanas and friendly hammerhead sharks patrolling the oceans, there is a lot to see around the isolated island. You can snorkel with sea turtles and penguins or wander across the volcanic flats of Punta Espinosa and witness the lazing land iguanas and flightless cormorants or simply lay on Las Bachas next to turtles on the coloured sand. The Galapagos is something to be seen to be believed.
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Lead Image: Peru Cusco, photograph by Rodrigo Machado