Finding awesome places to visit, and spectacular things to see on your travels is fun and all. But once you’ve done a full day of sightseeing, you want to have some place to lie back, rest, and maybe cut some z’s before the next excursion. So, where do you sleep in South America?
In hotels, that’s where, like anywhere else. Accommodation is as varied as the continent is. Whatever your likes and needs, you certainly will find a good place to stay in South America. The issue is finding where that place is, and picking the right one.
Cusco is the starting place for all your Inca adventures. It’s also where you start your journey on the famous Inca Trail, which is the original highway from the capital to one of their most sacred cities. The original purpose of the trail was more about pilgrimage and devotion to the ancient Gods. While a good deal of it has been torn down by the Spaniards and the elements, a lot of the attractions are still there. It’s not just about the ruins, but communion with nature, like the original builders had intended, and walking the footsteps of the natives.
The center of tourism for Perú is located south east of the capital in the middle of the Andes. This is where the mountain range is at its widest point, sloping down one the one side to the deserted beaches along the Pacific coast, and cutting through cragged ridges into the Amazon on the other. It sets the scene for some of the most spectacular views in the world, with tall mountains and glaciers running down to hidden lakes, rivers tumbling through deep green gorges, cascading over waterfalls into deep pools, swaying fronds from all sorts of trees and shrubs teeming with exotic birds and animals. No wonder this is where the Inca chose to locate their capital of their vast empire, Tawantinsuyu.
One of the advantages of South America for the Eurasian and North American tourist is that the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere. That is, when it’s summer in the north, South America is in the middle of the winter. This is because of the alternating tilt of the Earth’s rotating axis. The end result are some interesting Christmas parties in South America, featuring pools, outdoor barbeques and trips to the beach.
A small isolated village in the Cuenca region of Ecuador (that’s to the south east of Guayaquil in the middle of the Andes) gained a certain amount of notoriety in the 1960s when doctors announced that it had some of the longest living people in the world. While it wasn’t exactly the fountain of youth (judging by the aged faces of the villagers), it was certainly remarkable how these people were living well into their 130s. Clearly there was some secret these people were keeping about keeping old age at bay.
An entire city with waterways for streets is fairly unique; you have to give the Venetians credit for that. However, there are numerous other locations and neighborhoods that are connected only by boats, and a lot of them are surrounded by fascinating views and wildlife. One of those is a on the Paraná Delta, in north east Argentina on the border with Uruguay.
Just 50min by train from Argentina’s capital, it’s could still be considered a suburb of the capital. The positive thing is that it’s so close that it’s definitely easy to include in a couple week South America vacation. It’s still off the radar of most foreign tour routes, and is a favorite retreat for the local Bonairenses.
Easter Island is famous in its own right. But there are a lot of things that aren’t common knowledge about it. Starting with why it’s on a blog about South America. While geographically, Easter Island is in the middle of the Pacific, administratively it’s a Chilean Province, and you need to go to Santiago to get there.
The official name is not Easter Island, but Rapa Nui, the native name given to the volcanic island by its original Polynesian inhabitants. Rapa Nui means “navel of the world”, and it’s symbolic of its location in the middle of the open Pacific Ocean. The nearest land mass is over 3000Km away, and is the uninhabited Chilean island of Alejandro Selkirk, part of the Robinson Crusoe archipelago.
Not very many people are aware of this, but a good part of South America is not in the Southern Hemisphere at all. Of the 13 countries that make up the continent, five of them are entirely north of the Equator, and three have territory there. In fact one of those countries, Ecuador, gets its name from the Equator which passes just a few miles to the north of its capital, Quito.
Do you know much about South America? If not, you can learn more about the continent today. South America is located, for the most part, in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a continent in which several countries are located, including Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, French Guiana, and many others. With so many different countries in South America, there are also tons of different cities. The largest cities in South America happen to be Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. These three large cities are also the most commonly visited amongst tourists and those who are interested in vacationing in South America.