Latin America – Top 15 must-see places
Want to go to Latin America? Here are our Top 15 must-see places!
Before you leave, you should take out international travel insurance for health coverage and repatriation fromLatin America. Unfortunately, unforeseen events and accidents don’t just happen to others!
1. Uyuni’s Salar in Bolivia
The Salar, the salt desert, is located at 3,65
8 m above sea level. With an area of 12,500 km2, it is the largest salt desert in the world!
In the dry season (April to December) if you have an all-terrain vehicle, you can drive there. During the southern summer (December to March), the salar can be flooded for a few weeks, turning into a gigantic mirror.
2. Perito Moreno in Patagonia, Argentina
Caught between two mountains, perito Moreno is one of the few glaciers in Patagonia that is not in decline. It advances about two meters a day! It’s an impressive sight, the collapses of the ice walls are spectacular, huge blocks of ice come off. It is enough to spend a few tens of minutes on site to witness these falls. Once there, you can go on a trek on the ice for a moment in an exceptional landscape.
3. The white desert of the Maranhenses Lençais in Brazil
It is a desert of white sand dunes, whose freshwater-filled hollows form crystalblue lagoons that span 150,000 hectares.
If you can, from the sky, the show is unique.
Don’t hesitate for swimming, it is reputed to be sensational! Take your dates: The lagoons are filled from May to November. Between December and April, depending on the abundance of precipitation, they can be more or less dry.
4. Mount Roraima in Vénezuela
It is the highest tepuy in South America. This mountain serves as a triple border point for Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. This mountain is sacred to the Piaroa Indians.
Don’t worry, just 1220m high, there is a way to get there, requiring a two-day hike to a sublime UNESCO World Heritage site.
5. La Laguna Colorada in Bolivia
Laguna Colorada is a salt lake in bright colors from brown to red, which stretches over 60 km2. It is a salt lake of the alto-Andean type, its red coloration is due to sediments and pigments of certain types of algae that live there. You will find anesus flamingo, one of their breeding grounds, are very beautiful migratory birds that are counted by the thousands in these mineral-rich waters.
6. Marble chapel in Patagonia had Chile
For more than 6000 years, the waters of the lake have eroded coastal cliffs to make way for these fascinating white marble caves. In early spring, the shallow waters are turquoise. In the summer, water levels increase and create a deep blue hue that gives the cave unique supernatural shades. To get there a boat is required. The journey can be long and difficult but the enchanting beauty of the caves is worth it.
7. Cao Cristales in Colombia
The Crystal Sao (Crystal Creek) is a river in Colombia called the “Five Color River” and is often considered “the most beautiful river in the world.” What makes it special and the beauty of this river are the endemic algae called macarenia clavigera which, from September to November, give it particularly yellow, blue, green, black and red colors! Beware, the rest of the year, the river has a perfectly banal appearance so make no mistake in the date of your visits!
8. Moai statues of Easter Island in Polynesia
Emblem of the island, the Moai, are about 900 gigantic stone gods, which were erected between the 9th and 16th century. The majority is carved from volcanic rock from Rano Raraku’s quarry. These monumental statues measure up to 9 meters and can weigh up to 80 tons!
Built with their backs to the ocean, it is assumed that the Moai protected the people from the outside world.
9. The Hand of the Desert in Chile
Who wants to save the giant hand, 11 meters high, from the Atacama desert, burning during the day and freezing at night? It is La Mano del Desierto, a work by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarr-zabal created in 1992.
According to the author, this half-buried hand represents the victims of injustice and torture during the military dictatorship.
10. The Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado in Brazil
Christ the Redeemer or Christ of Corcovado is a 40-metre-high statue of Christ that dominates the city of Rio de Janeiro. Everyone’s heard of it. It is the international emblem of the country, classified as a historical monument since 1973. This monument offers a unique view of Rio Bay and its sugar loaf. More than 600,000 visitors a year jostle for the show.
11. Huchuy Qosqo in Peru
Ancient home of the Inca rulers, sacred place of the pre-Columbian Empire, where many monuments were built. Located at an altitude of 3600 metres, the royal residence offers a superb panorama of the surrounding mountains. Fancy a horse ride? Make a hit stone because this site is only accessible on foot or on horseback.
12. Iguaçu Falls in Argentina
In the heart of the rainforest, the Iguaçu Falls are a collection of 275 waterfalls stretched for nearly three kilometres. The largest, called “The Devil’s Gorge”, is 700 meters long and 82 meters high! Bridges built over the various branches of the Iguaçu River allow visitors to approach a few meters from the falls.
13. Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
Between Bolivia and Peru, it is considered the highest navigable lake in the world with an altitude of more than 3800 meters. Consisting of fresh water, Lake Titicaca is fed by more than 25 rivers from storm runoff and snowmelt.
14. Bogota, Colombia’s cosmopolitan capital
A cosmopolitan mix of colonial heritage, dilapidated slums and modern towers. Don’t forget to discover the Plaza de Bolivar and the Museo de Botero. Panoramic views are not uncommon, especially at the Mirador de la Calera, and you can also enjoy the heights of the savannah.
15. The city of Cartagena, Colombia
With its UNESCO-recognized double sculptures and popular Caribbean style, it is one of the most visited destinations in Colombia. Stroll around the walls of the city hundreds of years old and explore the 18th century dungeon of Las Bodevas, or go to the must-see sights such as Felipe de Barajas, Castle the Rafael Nuez House, Castillo de San Felipe or the statue of Simon Bolivar .
To discover these beautiful places, it is recommended to take out insurance covering you fully! You can make an online quote for your health insurance for Latin America.