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When planning a trip, South America may not be the first place to cross your mind, but the continent is filled with beautiful scenery, fascinating culture, and plenty of things to do. Here, our Newark Airport parking members share some of their favorite South American destinations:
Rio de Janeiro
One of the most popular destinations in South America, Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is famous for its lush countryside, stunning mountain peaks, hot sand beaches, and exciting nightlife. You’ll also find plenty of culture, from delicious cuisine to local music to dancing and more.
This popular lake in Bolivia is the largest in South America and can only be experienced by boat. Once you arrive at one of the lake’s islands, you can simply relax and enjoy the view or dive into the local culture and learn about the history of Peru and its people.
Located about 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are great for nature and wildlife lovers. Enjoy snorkeling with sea lions and turtles, strolling through lava fields, wading through turquoise lagoons, and taking in the beautiful mountain scenery.
Also called the “Paris of the South,” the capital of Argentina blends Europe with South America. The city is filled with bustling boulevards, Parisian-style cafes, local shops, a growing food scene, fashionable locals, and artful culture at every turn.
If your ideal vacation is relaxing on a pristine beach, head to Venezuela’s archipelago national park, Los Roques. You’ll discover around 350 islands with white sand beaches, beautiful blue waters, and hundreds of beautiful fish and bird species.
Hidden in Peru’s Andes mountains, this site is one of the most visited in South America. Whether you get there by foot or by train, you won’t forget the breathtaking sight of Picchu mountain rising 1,000 feet above the area’s beautiful ancient Incan ruins.
Santiago is the capital of Chile and is a fascinating spot for architecture. The city is rich with neoclassic buildings, modern skyscrapers, and both Spanish and European influences everywhere. And it’s not hard to also enjoy its rolling vineyards and beautiful mountains.
If waterfalls are a favorite of yours, don’t miss Angel Falls in Venezuela – the highest waterfall in the world. Tucked away in Canaima National Park, you’ll have to take a boat ride, helicopter flight, or hike through the jungle to discover the 3,210 foot high sight.
One of the more mysterious places in South America, the sacred Easter Island sits more than 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile and is known for its monolithic statues. With around 1,000 statues scattered around the island, a visit is truly a unique experience.
For a dose of mining history, head to the Bolivian city of Potosi. Potosi dates back to 1546 when silver deposits were discovered and its Cerro Rico mines are the richest in the history of the world. At an elevation of around 13,000 feet, Potosi is also one of the highest cities.