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3 Things to Do When You Visit South America

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In recent years South America has slowly been building up the same tourist hype as Southeast Asia. With stretches of white beaches, hot weather all year round, and an abundance of impressive natural attractions, it is no wonder that more and more people are choosing to go there on their next travel trip. As it is such a big place to explore, it can often feel overwhelming when you are trying to decide what you should do. Luckily, there are some top things you should do in South America which will help you make the amazing memories you have always dreamed of.

Head to the beach

It is no secret that South America is home to some of the world’s best beaches. Most of these beaches lie along Brazil’s extensive eastern coastline. From the bustling city beaches of Rio to quaint fishing villages further in the south, there is something here for every kind of beach lover. When you are planning a beach trip, you should make sure you come when the weather is at its best. This is usually between the months of January and March, as this is when summer is in full swing, and there is less chance of rain ruining your trip. Although relaxing on white shores is encouraged, you should also make the time to enjoy a range of water sporting activities, such as paragliding or surfing. Beaches like Praia de Pipa are perfect for backpackers to come and unleash their traveling dreams.

Explore the natural world

Beaches are not the only natural aspect of South America that should be ardently explored. In fact, the continent is home to some of the largest rainforests in the world, where lots of endangered and exotic species live. Going on rainforest expeditions is one of the best ways to see these creatures, but it should be noted that a trip to South America is not complete without heading to the Galapagos Islands. Boasting the most diverse ecosystem in the world, every traveler can find themselves in awe of what each island of this famous archipelago is home to. One animal you should try and see is sea turtles, which light up the underwater world and add a new element to your trip. Many Galapagos tours run throughout the year so that tourists can experience the magic of these islands.

Stop by big cities

You may not be a city person at heart, but you will be once you have visited South America. Most of the major cities lie nestled in a mountain landscape and have a rich history that is still being formed today. In cities like Rio, you can find the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, and in Medellin, you can learn about the infamous Pablo Escobar and his impact on the local community. If you are looking some great food to indulge in, Buenos Aires should be on your bucket list, and the capital of Ecuador, Quito, serves as a great jumping off point to visit the Galapagos Islands.

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How to see Both Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil

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Iguazu Falls in the south of South America is a massively underrated travel destination which in my view, does not get spoken about nearly enough. These falls are a J-shaped masterpiece of nature which is actually the largest waterfall network in the world in terms of power and the body of water which passes through each second.

These falls lay on the border between Argentina and Brazil and in order to get the very best out of the experience, you should endeavor to see the falls from both sides. It is possible to do this in the same day but I really wouldn’t recommend it. If you do try to see the falls in one day from both sides, you can do it but it will be rushed and it will probably diminish your experience. If you do have plans to see Iguazu from both Brazil and Argentina, here is how to go about it.

Devil’s Throat

The area of the falls which is probably most popular, can be found on the Argentinian side of the water. The Devil’s Throat is what they call the area of the waterfall which is the highest and you can access the viewing platform via a long boardwalk which takes you right to the heart of the action, or the throat in this case. This is the best place for you to start your exploration of Iguazu.

Speedboat Rush

On the Argentinian side, you can also get the opportunity to really get to the center of the action, by taking a speedboat out on to the river, and underneath the falls themselves. Once you get down to the lower canyon you will see many tour companies offering these wet and wild experiences and I would most definitely recommend it.

Hotel Choices

It is worth noting that on the Argentinian side of the falls, there are only a handful of hotels which you can stay in whereas on the Brazilian side, there are many more options for hotels both close to the falls, and a little further out. The hotels on the Argentinian side are very much geared up for the falls, rather than the National Park which they are situated in.

Where is it Best?

The Brazilian side of the falls will give you the better views and far less tourists crowding your view. With this being said, there is far more interactive experiences to be had on the Argentinian side from speedboat rides, helicopter trips and hiking routes which will take you almost the full length of the falls.

I would definitely recommend experiencing Iguazu from both sides, but I would suggest that you spend a day in Brazil first, before entering into Argentina and spending a few days by the falls. Make sure that you book your hotels early for the Argentinian side as they can get booked up pretty quickly, so too can the experiences such as the speedboat tours.

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