5 South American adventures
A melting pot of exotic flavours, cultures and colours, South America is an adventurers dream. Where forests are thick, mountains are steep and the streets are lively. Step outside your comfort zone and set your sights on a thrilling South American holiday. Here are our top five to help get you inspired.
Exploring the Amazon
Few locations can compare to the spectacular Amazon. From exotic forest animals to lush greenery and the famous Amazon River, this part of the world is where adventure comes naturally. With seven million square kilometers of forest to explore, experience the fascinating Amazon on a guided tour or river cruise.
Skiing in Chile
Just over 40 kilometres from the bustling capital city of Santiago in Chile lies Valle Nevado, one of the world's leading ski resorts. Spanning 800 hectares and boasting modern amenities, the adventure opportunities are endless at Valle Nevado. Choose from 102 trails, snowboard where the world champions board and take part in numerous snow adventures while surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Volunteering in Argentina
Though it may not include adrenalin sports or thrilling scenery, volunteering overseas is one of the most rewarding adventures you can undertake. In the city of Posadas in Argentina there are numerous volunteer programs that are designed to help the children and wildlife of the city. Teach english to local children, help out at an orphanage or play soccer with street kids - you don't need to be an expert, you just need to be willing to help. If you are passionate about animals there are also numerous local animal rehabilitation programs that you can volunteer with. An adventure holiday that will stay with you forever.
Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
History buffs and adrenaline junkies alike have been flocking to trek the Inca Trail for years. Located within the Andes Mountain Range, there are actually three overlapping Inca trails too choose from. Mollepata is the longest route which navigates through numerous ruins and ends at Machu Picchu mountain. A guided tour of the Inca Trail will usually take around five days and pass through breathtaking scenery including alpine and cloud forests.
The Iguazu Falls
Running from Brazil to Argentina lies 1,320 kilometres of adventure; the Iguazu River. Surrounded by thick forest and coastal mountains, the Iguazu River reaches its exciting peak when it plummets over 70 metre high cliffs. These falls are located in both Brazil and Argentina and span over 275 separate waterfalls, making it one of the world's most impressive waterfalls.
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