Submerged here are three famous shipwrecks, which can be visited by scuba diving. But if you prefer to keep your feet dry there are plenty of gorgeous beaches to enjoy as well.
7. Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a place that we can never tire of seeing, though if you try and hike up the mountains to get to it you certainly will be a little worn out. However, this city, built in 1450 as the Incan capital, is well worth the work.
8. Easter Island, Chile
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Easter Island is renowned for its peculiarly striking statues, 887 of which have been found distributed about the island. It is a place of history and mystery then just leaves people gob-smacked.
9. Island of Capurganá, Colombia
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Here no cars are allowed in order to help maintain its untouched and unspoiled natural beauty. Capurgana was actually unnoticed until the 1970s, but now the cat is out of the bag. You would do well do see it for yourself.
10. Jericoacoara, Brazil
This wonderful beach is ringed by extremely large sand dunes, making it seem a true paradise. To arrive here you must jump on a buggy, which will take you two hours. What a buildup that must be!
11. Ushuaia, Argentina
There is no city more southerly than this here. It’s highest average temperatures occur in January: a paltry 50.5 F. But what a profoundly beautiful location it is!
12. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
This archipelago needs so much upkeep that if you visit you will be charged a few dollars as a preservation fee. So, if you like nature, know that you will actually be doing this gorgeous place a favor when you come.
13. Cartagena, Colombia
When we think of Cartagena we are reminded of Caribbean pirates, attracted in earlier times by the great wealth made at this Second Cartagena, named after the city in Spain (which is itself named after the ancient maritime power of Carthage). This fortified city is old, full of history and culture.
14. Galapagos Island, Ecuador
Charles Darwin didn’t put the Galapagos Islands on the map, but he did make the world realize the incredible variety and beauty of life on earth. Come here to see this in action.
15. Amazon forest, borders Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia
What can be said about the Amazon rainforest, a world unto itself? This jungle encompasses 2,700,000 sq miles. It's magnitude is simply astonishing.
16. Atacama Desert, Chile
This is the world’s driest place. So free of water and life is it that the desert has often been compared to Mars. So, until they invent rockets for us lay people to visit outer space, why not come here?
17. Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta is thought to be the best choice in the whole of South America if you want to experience Latin America’s beaches, night life, culture and food; and who doesn't want to experience these things?
18. Holbox, Mexico
What a superb island, divided from Mexico itself by a lake teeming with exotic life! Here you will be lucky enough to share your vacations with flamingos, pelicans and even whale sharks.
19. Tayrona, Colombia
Here there is a fantastic abundance of species, no doubt in large part due to the soaring heat and humidity. Never mind about the discomfort though, just enjoy those 300 different types of birds.
20. Los Roques, Venezuela
Beaches don’t come any whiter than they do here at Los Roques, an area that contains 350 islands, clays and islets. It's hard to imagine anywhere better to curl up with a good book.
21. Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
This forest is so teeming with different species of plants, mammals, birds, reptilians, amphibians and insects that it only lacks one thing: you. Make this a place you will visit when you’re next touring Costa Rica.
22. Baños, Ecuador
This place is a natural wonder of hot springs, valleys and mountains that have been adapted into an extreme playground. You can take a swing ride over the deep chasm, or zip along the lines pictured here as you peer down into the water. Do you dare?
23. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
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This magnificent glacier is actually increasing in mass now, however, you can still witness the astonishing sight of large pieces of ice breaking off in ‘warm’ weather.
24. Torres del Paine, Chile
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This national park offers terrific once-in-a-lifetime hiking opportunities. However, you aren’t allowed to step off the footpaths, which is so hard to avoid doing when the scenery is this luscious.
25. Green Lagoon, Bolivia
Winds here disturb sediments in the lake, producing a wide variety of blue hues ranging from turquoise to dark emerald. This means every photo you take will be unique and exquisite.
26. Ouro Preto, Brazil
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The name of the place means ‘black gold’, since it was founded and it flourished as a coal mining town. Here you can witness European style museums, churches and architecture. It just goes to show that Latin America has everything you could wish to see.