Peru and Chile are two of the most visited countries in South America, and no wonder as they’re filled with so many breathtaking sites – from otherworldly landscapes to ancient ruins and beautiful beaches. No matter what your interest, there are a number of must-see places to include in your travel itinerary when visiting these two countries.
If you’re planning a trip to Latin America, needless to say, it’s essential to plan ahead to ensure the smooth running of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. South American tour companies cater to all budgets and interests, but luxury South America tours are great for those of you with a bit more to spend. Why not splash out? After all it is a very special trip!
Now let’s take a look at some of the destinations that are not to be missed on your South American adventure.
Who could visit Peru without taking a trip to see Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world? If you’re wondering whether the long journey to reach the ancient citadel is worth it, the answer is yes! There are two reasons for this.
To begin, the temples, palaces and houses are still in a remarkable state as they were left undiscovered for so many years. Secondly, the landscape. Surrounded by luscious green mountains and flowing rivers you’re sure to be left in awe of this place.
When planning your visit it’s worth exploring the wide array of Peru luxury tours on offer. Whether you want to spend days trekking through the jungle, or take the comfier option of relaxing on the train, the journey to this destination is certainly worth it!
The Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world is yet another destination that you must include in your travel itinerary when visiting Peru. A trekking trip through the canyon will allow you to gain a real insight into life in the Peruvian countryside, but if trekking is not your forte a bus tour will also allow you to take in some of Peru’s most captivating scenery at the canyon.
If you do choose the trekking option though you will have the experience of a lifetime. Sleeping overnight in an oasis, taking a sunrise trek back up the canyon and bathing in the secret thermal baths are things you just can’t experience from a bus!
Easter Island is definitely one place not to miss on your trip to Chile. As one of the most isolated places on the planet there is something magical about this tiny island. Whilst touring the island be sure to take a selfie with one of the 800 Moai statues for which the island is best known.
You can also take a trip to the Orongo ceremonial village on Easter Island. Here you can learn about the warrior birdman competitions that used to take place on the island. It’s safe to say that Easter Island, with its rich and complex history, provides a truly unique cultural experience which is certainly not to be missed.
Torres del Paine National Park:
Torres del Paine National Park is located in Chile’s Patagonia region, and is another unmissable spot in Chile. Known for its beautiful mountainscape, breathtaking blue icebergs and golden grasslands with rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos, it’s no wonder that this is one of the country’s top tourist attractions.
The park was named after the three granite towers and horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine which is one of its most awe-inspiring sites. A great way to take in all the park has to offer is to sail on Grey Lake or paddle a kayak through its colossal blue and white icebergs.
Casablanca Wine Valley:
Wine lovers, be sure to take a trip to the Casablanca Wine Valley! The region is famed for its white wine, in particular Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Some would even say it’s the best in all of Chile! If wine tasting surrounded by beautiful nature backdrops is your thing then look no further. With the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Casablanca’s vineyards are like no other.
I’ve only scratched the surface of all there is to see in Chile and Peru but if you visit just some of the places mentioned you’re guaranteed to make the most out of your South American adventure!