South America is a continent that isn’t always the first choice as a travel destination and deserves much more credit than it is given. A big reason for this is that a lot of people find it hard to learn the local language(s). For example, it can be difficult to differentiate between when to use ser or estar and even more difficult to try and string together a sentence when you’re not confident with your skills. Don’t let the language barrier hold you back though, there are so many exciting experiences and beautiful tourist spots South America has to offer. If you want to experience somewhere new on your 2020 travels, check out this list of the four best places to visit in South America and have the vacation of a lifetime.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Residing in Peru, Machu Picchu is one of the new seven wonders of the world and is a must-see for anyone who is interested in ancient history, Peruvian culture or just beautiful scenery. Believed to have been built between 1450 – 1460, Machu Picchu is a citadel site created by the Incas, a tribe that later evolved into one of the greatest civilizations that South America has ever seen. If you’re a huge history buff, make sure that you visit the sacred Temple of the Sun and The Sacred Rock to learn about the Incas religious beliefs. If you prefer to enjoy the astonishingly beautiful scenery, then take a hike up Huayna Picchu mountain and see for yourself the beauty of the citadel and the rolling hills surrounding it. There is even a Machu Picchu museum to visit so that you can get as much out of your adventure as possible.

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

In Ecuador, you will find one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world: Cotopaxi National Park. Home to the Cotopaxi volcano, Cotopaxi National Park, used to allow camping, however, this has become much more difficult since the volcano erupted in 2015. If you want to stay overnight, there are a few hostels north of the park that will allow you to enjoy the picturesque scenery for as long as you desire. There is also a huge abundance of wildlife to see, such as hummingbirds, Andean Gulls and the famous Cotopaxi horses. With activities such as hiking and biking, there are plenty of different ways to enjoy Cotopaxi and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Cayo Sombrero, Venezuela

Cayo Sombrero is a beach situated in Morrocoy National Park that will take your breath away as soon as your toes hit the warm, white sand. With picturesque palm trees lining the shore and beautiful turquoise seas, you’ll want to spend as much time on this island as possible, and you can! The beaches of Cayo Sombrero allow for overnight camping so that you can watch the transcendent sunset as you fall asleep and awaken to the calming sound of the waves and the slight tickle of the warm ocean breeze. If you want to discover more of the nature that Cayo Sombrero has to offer, try snorkeling to see unique ocean life and then finish your visit by trying some of the best Venezuelan seafood from small restaurants peppered along the coast.

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Boasting to be the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls will make Niagara Falls look like a small trickle in comparison. While Angel Falls is an amazing sight to take in that will leave you staring in awe and wonder, there are many activities that you can do in Angel Falls that you should definitely take advantage of. If you’re not overly adventurous, you can take in the natural beauty by going on walks around the site and taking your time while also taking pictures and making memories. If you enjoy sport and exercise and want to enjoy The Falls in a more exciting way, you can kayak and swim in the beauty of Venezuela. For the thrill-seekers, there is an option to partake in a crazy sport – BASE jumping. Whatever way you choose to enjoy your travels, Angel Falls has it all.

South America is a continent full of unique events, experiences, and beauty that will create memories that can last a lifetime. So, don’t let factors like fear of the unknown and a language barrier hold you back from some of the best travel experiences available – visit South America today!

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