With the pick-up and reinvigoration of travel and tourism at the forefront of everyone’s minds, many individuals – tourists and resorts alike – and turning their thoughts to the future of travel and how things could change in the near and the long term future.
From bucket list activities to renewed ways of experiencing culture and communities, and entirely new styles of accommodation which allow for and promote social distancing as well as luxurious stays, travel and tourism is one of the industries which is already making great changes in the need to adapt.
But where are people going to want to travel to, and what are the experiences that they are likely to prioritise?
It’s the question on the industry’s lips, and one with an answer that we can’t quite be certain of until the travel doors really are re-opened. This article looks at South America as just one of the hot destinations which was top of travel bucket lists before Covid-19 – and which is sure to see a surge when holidays abroad are firmly back on the table.
Why South America
South America is one of the most vibrant and exciting places to travel to in the world, with every country and state boasting its own traditions, its own cultural influences and delicacies, and its own incredible attractions and sites to see.
Five of the top 50 largest cities in the world are located in South America, each with its own character and unmissable series of things to see and do.
Here are just some of our must-see spots in South America, and which should definitely make it onto your post-Covid-19 bucket list!
Top things to do, see, and experience
We promised you 25 experiences, and that’s what you will get. But with some of them grouped together into similar areas – and in an effort to make your bucket list that much easier to compile – we have decided to go by destination. Starting with…
An incredibly cultural and beautiful city filled with vibrant communities and colour, Colombia is home to two of our top things to see and do: the Santuario De Las Lajas church, and the Cartagena – a historic city protected by UNESCO which provides an in depth experience of what colonisation in South America was really like.
The Salar De Uyuni is essentially a huge flat mass of salt, and sitting at 11,000 square kilometres in size, that alone is enough to make it one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area. And if you think that’s wild, then the world’s most dangerous road – also in Bolivia – is certain to attract your attention too, offering incredible, breath taking, and terrifying views from the edge of the road right down into the steep valleys below. Bolivia is also home to the vibrant marketplace city of La Paz, perfect for picking up a souvenir or two!
Peru is a destination all on its own, boasting natural wonders like the sight of the Milky Way over Lake Titicaca, and the manmade site of Machu Picchu set high into the Andes Mountains. Other hot spots in Peru include the Canopy walk across The Amazon the ancient and historical Sacred Valley which heads up to Machu Picchu, and the incredible sites of Cusco – once a capital city and now a mere shadow reflecting just some of its history into the world for tourists to enjoy.
Argentina is a place that many of us have heard of, famed for its culture, its food, and its incredible views – for example the views from the top of Mount Fitz Roy located in Patagonia, a favourite hiking mountain with climbers. For those more into city life, Buenos Aires is another location famed for its lifestyle – offering great food, drink and nightlife to those who choose to visit.
A place of great colour and musical influence, Brazil and its city Rio De Janeiro are famous for being extravagant and picture perfect. Not only that by Brazil is also home to the Iguassu Falls, which borders between Brazil and Argentina and forms one of the world’s most beautiful borders.
Torres Del Paine is one of Chile’s – and South America’s – most famous and sought after hiking trails, alongside Easter Island and its Moai status which are shrouded in myths and legends. As well as hiking, visitors to Chile can also enjoy great ski experiences at Valparaiso, and can head to the Geysers el de Tatio to enjoy the natural phenomenon of the mist filling the air as the sun rises over the geysers. And if mist isn’t your thing, why not head to the Atacama Desert to experience one of the driest places on earth full of cactus plants, local cultures and interesting sites to see, or else go straight to Chile’s capital city – Santiago – for an introduction into the vast range of experiences afforded to visitors of South America.
The Galapagos Islands are one of Ecuador’s calling cards as a must-see destination, introducing visitors to huge reaches of wildlife and creating an environment perfect for diving. Ecuador is also home to the swing at the end of the world – perfect for the Instagram shot – and
If you head to Venezuela, you have to stop and take in the Angel Falls – 979m of uninterrupted waterfall proving that natural beauty really is the best cure for anything.
The Amazon River – an incredible stretch of water which is one of (if not THE) longest rivers in the world and which runs through cities, towns and tiny remote villages.
A day trip to Antarctica – a cruise to one of the most impressive landscapes in the world.