The tropical regions of South America are full of sandy beaches and exotic jungles…but travel farther south and you will find a very different landscape, full of incredible rock formations and glaciers. For the adventurous traveler, Patagonia and the surrounding regions are undoubtedly the best South America destinations. The southern part of the continent is home to some incredible landscapes. And although less diverse than their northern relatives, the wildlife here is pretty impressive as well. In the spirit of celebrating this beautiful region, here is a list of some of our favorite southern South America vacations!
Travel to Bolivia and visit the largest salt flat in the world! The Uyuni salt flats cover over 10,000 square kilometers (more than 4,000 square miles). Tourists visit this South America destination to marvel at the salt flat itself and to for the incredible views it offers. When covered in water, the flat acts as a mirror, and its extreme flatness and size seem to erase all perspective of distance and size.
When you travel to the Atacama Desert, you may get the feeling that in reality you’ve arrived to another planet. This is the world’s driest non-polar desert, and it is full of strange, unique landscapes. Travel from the town of San Pedro de Atacama to some of the desert’s major sights: El Tatio Geysers, Valley of the Moon, and so much more.
This island, located far off the coast of Chile, is one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands. The main attraction on Easter Island are its ruins, in particular the enormous, stone moai statues that can be found along the coast. Once you’ve taken in your fill of the ruins, you can also enjoy the island’s beaches.
Also known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina. Explore the wide avenues and French architecture of the downtown area before branching off to the other tourist neighborhoods. La Boca, the colorful neighborhood of immigrants. San Telmo, and its historical bars and cafés. Recoleta, and its famous parks and cemetery. And last but not least, the trendy restaurants and shops of Palermo. And don’t forget to visit Say Hueque Argentina Journeys!
Next on our list is one of the most famous South America destinations in Patagonia. El Calafate is a small town in southern Argentina, located near the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s only advancing glaciers. We recommend traveling to El Calafate for a couple of days and then continuing on to the nearby village of El Chalten for some incredible hiking.
Once you’ve explored the Argentine Patagonia, it’s only fitting that you would visit one of the most stunning Patagonia national parks in Chile. Torres del Paine is an indescribably beautiful park in southern Chile. With glaciers, lakes, mountains, and wildlife galore, this is one of our South America destinations that you definitely won’t want to miss.
Let us know in the comments which of these South America destinations you’d most like to visit. And feel free to add to our list! (And if you are more interested in a warm, relaxing vacation destination, check out this post on the best South American tropical vacations!)
By Michelle Lenze
If you’re itching for an exciting getaway to a far-away land, consider venturing down to South America! No matter what you’re interested in, you’re sure to find a region that caters to exactly what you’re looking for. Now the only hard part is figuring out where to book your flight! Take our quiz below to find out which South American destination is the perfect fit for you!
In Say Hueque, we believe that traveling should be a transformational experience, as a matter of fact, we strongly believe it. That’s why we choose Explora as one of our partners because they understand the meaning of this, they share with our enthusiasm for unconventional trips with an inclination for the adventurous.
The concept behind Explora is to provide trips to remote destinations in South America, unique due to their close interaction with nature and local culture. Since 1993, they have opened several properties, offering unique experiences. Currently, Explora is present in Torres del Paine National Park, Easter Island and the Atacama Desert in Chile, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, in Salta and El Chaltén in Argentina, and in Uyuni, Bolivia.
But what gives Explora such a different taste? Its care for details, taking pleasure in simplicity which defines the luxury of essentials, and commitment to sustainable development. These characteristics make Explora as a top-notch choice for travelers passionate about explorations and first-class quality service.
Explora takes care of every little detail of the experience you are going to have. For instance, guides are -and have to be!- enthusiastic about nature in order to be able to share and transmit their love for the surroundings. Being with a guide that is in love with the place where he is a completely different experience because one feels more inclined to appreciate the whole experience as other already values it. Their carefully chose guides are also bilingual (Spanish and English) and stand out for their warmth and kindness.
Another key element of Explora’s uniqueness is their explorations: they choose exclusive routes developed by their outdoor team, that allows travelers to get to know destinations in-depth, including popular sites and less explored areas. Other complements that make this experience complete is their detailed choice of food and beverages, adapted to every need.
Explora Patagonia was designed as the perfect base to explore Torres del Paine National Park, as it offers an exclusive location -anchored like a ship by Lake Pehoé- with unparalleled views.
Travelers can choose among 40 explorations –either hiking or horseback riding– to some of the circuits of the renowned W and other less explored routes to get to know the typical geography and wildlife of Patagonia. Their rooms have a perfect combination of simplicity and comfort, in order to ensure a deep rest after exploring. For a 30% discount, make a reservation for October 2019.
2. Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley
Explora Valle Sagrado was designed as a headquarter from where to explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. All their programs include accommodations, transfers, meals and beverages, and a selection of more than 30 explorations developed by our outdoor team, either walking, by van or riding a bike.
Explora’s explorations take travelers through the colonial history of Cusco and the architectural magnificence of the Incas in Machu Picchu, isolated villages, archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac, to Andean pampas and mountains or Apus, considered by locals as guardians of people and nature. Have you made up your mind? Make the most of their promotions by taking your kids for free, or getting one night and the guided exploration to Machu Picchu for free too.
3. Explora in Atacama, Chile
Located in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, Explora Atacama was built in a 17-hectare plot as a base from where to explore the desert, the Andes highlands, and its surroundings.
Huge sand dunes, salt pans, impressive volcanoes, and cloudless skies inspired the design of each of their explorations. These can be completed hiking, cycling, horseback riding or through a combination of hiking and by van.
What should you expect to do in Explora Atacama? Horseback riding through red soil esplanades, walking on landscapes that seem like taken from another world, cycling through the Andes highlands, reaching summits of more than 5,000 m.a.s.l. (16,404 f.a.s.l.) or taking it easy in the Puritama hot springs are some of the experiences you can enjoy. Interested? Get up to a 1000 USD discount and kids free traveling before January 31st, 2020.
“Zero waste” is a major lifestyle trend of the 21st century, and the shift can’t come soon enough. This is a movement with the goal of producing the least amount of waste possible in all walks of life, whether that be at home or on the go. If you are looking to respect the environment during your travels, here are five different ways to become an eco-friendly traveler, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Visiting destinations committed to reducing waste definitely ensures that consumers will follow suit. When planning your next trip, research locations that offer modern environmental services, and are moving towards responsible practices. Your choice of airline can also impact your zero-waste goals, like certain airlines which are plastic-free, and by promoting them, you can embrace zero-waste travel.
Packing your own headphones, blanket,
and eye-mask for flights can help to minimize in-flight waste. Avoid carrying single-use
toiletries and stick to eco-friendly ones. Bring reusable travel straws, cups, silverware
and water bottles to avoid unnecessary waste. Waste management is a major issue
in many developing countries, and travelers often unknowingly add to this
problem. Say no to plastic bags from shops and carry your items in a backpack
In the past few years, it has become much easier to find eco-friendly accommodations that are dedicated to supporting the local environment with environmentally friendly practices. When traveling, look for an eco-conscious hotel or a property that gives you details on how it prioritizes environmentally friendly practices such as avoiding plastics, using natural cleaning products, practicing recycling and composting, etc. The staff in these locations are usually into sustainable living and are well-informed about the sustainability and environmental issues associated with the area. They will be able to guide you on how you can best spend your time while also serving the host community.
When moving around, reduce your carbon footprint by staying away from taxis and rental cars, and using public transport instead. Most large cities have well-connected buses and metro systems that you can put to good use during your travels. Another means of transport that is environmentally friendly is traveling on a bicycle, with many cities now supporting cheap bike-rental apps that make renting a bike as easy as a few clicks on your cellphone. Or, why not explore using the cheapest and healthiest option for transportation; walking!
Use your travel time to explore foods that you may not have access to back home. Eating locally and supporting local food production is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling. Furthermore, you end up encouraging more local foods to remain in the area.
Now that you are equipt with some tips to help you minimize your environmental footprint while traveling, why not try to embrace zero-waste travel the next time you head out for a holiday?
Have you ever thought about making a real change in the world? We have all heard about the famous “make a baby, plant a tree, write a book”. In the 3.0 version of the popular saying we should add “…write a book and choose to be a responsible travel”.
What’s a responsible traveller?
To answer to this questions we have to define what’s “sustainable tourism” (something you may heard about in the last past few years), and also revise the difference between being a “tourist” or a “traveler”.
Are you a tourist or a traveller?
While both, tourists and travelers, like to trote the globe, the former are likely no to fully immerse in the traditions and culture of locals, and the last, they definitely go for it! Thus, travelers are (or at least they should be!) more aware on how to interact with the environment they are visiting, a concept closely related to “sustainable tourism” and “responsible travel”.
Sustainable tourism: when you’re a mindful and educated person
To go on a sustainable trip is to be fully conscious of the place and the culture we’re visiting. If you keep that in mind you’ll be able to help encouraging the local industry and respect the traditions of the city, beach or mountaineering village you’re visiting.
Are you suspecting you have always been a sustainable tourism supporter? Answer our travel quiz to be definitely sure!
A) When your belly growls … Do you choose to buy that yummy vegan homemade sandwich from the street vendor or you just go directly to the first Green Eat store you can find?
B) When you’re visiting a new place, would you rather adapt to its customs and traditions or just keep on doing things the way you usually do?
C) When traveling, you’re aware of waste management?
If most of your answers hitted “1” then your intuition was right! You’re a responsible traveler and now you’re in to improve your inborn traveler skills!
But, guess what? If you have occasionally slipped into the “2” answers, you can still be a responsible traveler while doing tourism.
Being responsible and aware of our traveling choices doesn’t have to lead us to do only low-budgets trips or renounce to thing you wanted to do. It’s more about making the right choices and be aware of the impact of your decisions while traveling. For e.g:
We can be the best responsible travelers just doing any of these little efforts! And always keeping in mind that popular golden rule that teach us to treat others as we would love to be treated.
To start expanding your Responsible Traveller soul you can check our website and plan your South America Vacations
Written by: Agustina del Vigo
Do you like travelling a lot?
Then you must do it for the awe-inspiring sights, picturesque views, and lush green landscapes. These places appear more wonderful because of the clear blue waters and the fresh air and because, luckily, there are lot of people that are e Eco-Friendly on Vacation.
Are we right? Because…what if the freshwaters turn murky and the land becomes filthy. Then what?
You would most likely stop visiting these tourist haunts.
Right again, aren’t we? But how does it concern you?
Well, tourist spots aren’t just populated with people. They are accumulated with the trash they throw after their fun activity. It seems that these people tend to forget their ‘clean, green’ philosophy at home.
You may say that it is hard to practice this lifestyle on foreign shores. However, this is just an excuse!
Because ‘where there is will, there is a way’!
“NATURE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH GARBAGE, YOU DO”
And here are a handful of ways you can prevent yourself from harming the environment during a trip:
You may already know about the harmful effects of non-biodegradable plastic bags. After use, all they do is take up space on this planet and create unlivable conditions for marine life.
Thus, we advise you to carry re-useable bags on your shopping sprees. And since the new-era merchandizing is all about ‘going green’. We bet you will easily find smart bags that won’t compromise your travelling style. Plus, they are durable for all kind of weather and last for years.
Are you guilty of wasting electricity during your stay at hotels? Then break that habit right away!
Your carelessness is consuming lots of non-renewable energy. This could lead to power breakdowns and electricity shortages in the coming years. Therefore, we suggest that you switch off the fans, lights and unplug electronics whenever you leave the hotel room.
How many wrappers and disposable water bottles do you use during your journey? The answer is plenty.
And where do you throw all the trash? Hopefully, in the bin!
Many countries have strict rules about littering but several don’t. This variation in regulation must not cause you to litter though. As you must know that your littering is harming the environment and clogging the beauty of the lands you have come to see.
Hence, you must make sure to throw the trash in the garbage disposal sites. In case you see none, keep the wrappers and bottles inside your bag to be thrown later.
That’s it! These are just a few of the tiny things you can do during your trips. They may not seem like much but they make a whole lot of difference for the beautiful valleys you tread in.
We hope that you adhere to these tips to ensure a clean, green vacation.
To plan your next green vacation, check our website for more adventures in Argentina, Chile and best destinations of South America.
Bolivia–the rooftop of the world–is a land of tropical destinations, spectacular landscapes, vibrant festivals, unique cultures, and whatnot. The land is truly an oasis of untouched natural beauty that lies on high elevated lands.
There’s no getaway destination like Bolivia, the home of Andean City, where the lands are filled with green forests, shimmering lakes and lots of cultural extravagance to see.
If you are planning a trip that will immerse you in nature’s beauty, like none seen before, then we suggest you pack your bags and book a ticket to Bolivia.
Here are the five best places to see when you find yourself on the rooftop of the world:
One of the most breathtaking sights in Bolivia is the one that is Lake Titicaca. Lapping the shores of Copacabana, this lake is vast and a unique shade of blue. The surrounding area of the lake is also the birthplace of an empire. In Lake Titicaca, you can enjoy a panoramic view, as you polish off freshly caught troche and explore the surrounding areas.
And if you want to get up and close with Lake Titicaca then we suggest take a boat ride from Copacabana to Isla del Sol and delve into the Inca ruins hidden among the scattered islands.
La Paz is one of the heartiest metropolises in Bolivia. This hub of a city is situated against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. You can have fun-filled days and nights in this Bolivian city that has a number of bars, cafés, plazas, historic architecture and colonial edifices to offer, among many other things.
There’s not a second to waste when you are in La Paz, because there is just so much to soak in this pulsating city.
A city with four names, Sucre will take you back to the colonial Spain of the 16th century, with its classic historical buildings. In fact, you can even stay here and experience living in a home that would otherwise be difficult to find in the rest of the world.
It’s not called rooftop of the world for nothing. Bolivia has places so unique, and experiences so other worldly that you just cannot look away. Salar de Uyuni is one of the flattest places in the world. Walking on it is like walking on a glass that reflects the clouds.
If you are lucky enough to experience rain in Bolivia, then we suggest you rush to Salar de Uyuni and experience it as its most spectacular form.
The beauty of the natural lands of Bolivia is not the only thing to look forward to. The natives, the cultures, and their festivals are a sight to behold as well. Brave the dizzying heights of Altiplano region of Bolivia, and make way to the mining town that hosts one of the most famous festivals in all of South America.
The carnival offers a fiesta that cannot be missed, and memories that remain unforgettable for the rest of your life.
So are you ready to experience the greatness of Bolivia? Plan your itinerary now and set off for the journey of your life.
South America has numerous such destinations that are ideal for a honeymoon couple. If you are looking for an adventurous honeymoon at a place which is rich in romance, adventure, diversity and culture, then you will find plenty of such places in South America. From natural glaciers to exotic beaches, dry deserts to evergreen forests, you will find everything in this part of America. Here are the best honeymoon destinations for couple who are looking for a fun and adventure filled honeymoon.
Also known as the “Switzerland of Argentina”, Bariloche is a magnificent town located just on the banks of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. You will find here snow covered mountain, lush green forests and deep blue lakes that make the place a scene from a fairytale. You can go trekking in the forests and have amazing time on the beach. Stay in one of the best hotels in the locality and enjoy your honeymoon to the best.
Who doesn’t love Rio? This city located in Brazil is famous worldwide for its vibrant atmosphere, gorgeous looking people and a number of fun things to do here. If you are looking for the perfect place for honeymoon in South America, Rio de Janeiro should be on the top of your list. The things to do in Rio include but are not limited to riding in cable car to the Sugarloaf Mountain, scaling the Corcovado Mountain and seeing the statue of Christ Redeemer, taking rounds of the glorious beaches of the city and exploring the spectacular subtropical rainforests and how can we forget Copacabana. This place is a paradise for all young adventurous honeymooners.
If you and your partner love exploring and hiking, then Madidi National Park is also a great place for honeymoon. Located in Bolivia, the national park has more than 2,000 species of animals and birds and over 4,500 kinds of plants species. From sparkling rivers to cascading waterfalls, you will find plenty of picturesque landscape here.
From its beautiful architectural sites to the plenty of artifacts offered, Chachapoyas is also an ideal place for honeymooners. From exploring the mountain ranges with your partner to trekking and the wonderful landscape, this is one of the most beautiful places in Peru. The place has a serene atmosphere that will allow you to have the perfect time with your partner.
If you and your partner are the adventurous kind, then a trip to Amazon on your honeymoon is something you will cherish your entire life. It is the number one honeymoon spot in South America if you want to experience wildlife at its best. From alligators to pink river dolphins and monkeys, you will find plenty of wildlife there.
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