Top Three Vacation Spots in South America for Summer 18

Vacation spots in South America offer something for everyone. From awe-inspiring deserts to snow-capped mountains to luxurious beaches, there are stunning landscapes to enjoy regardless of region. A massive continent, South America is made up of twelve countries that offer a range of relaxing or adventurous vacation opportunities. Travelers of all ages can enjoy nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoor adventures, cultural treasures, and the sophistication of the cosmopolitan cities. The top three vacation spots in South America for summer 2018 include Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Galapagos Islands. Read on to find out what you need to ask about these South America vacation destinations.

 

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  1. What is the most popular Rio de Janeiro site for tourists?
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    Visitors to this city must tackle the slopes of Corcovado Mountain to admire the 125-foot-tall statue of Christ the Redeemer, the guardian of the city. Those who do not want to take the strenuous 8-mile hike through Tijuca National Park can opt to take public transportation or tour vans, which may cost a bit more.

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  2. When should I visit Rio in order to take in Carnival?
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    This festival happens the four to five days before Fat Tuesday in February. Thousands of locals and visitors flock to the streets for parties, balls, and parades. Book up to a year in advance in order to find affordable flights and hotels.

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  3. What beaches should I go to in Rio de Janeiro?
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    Culturally popular beaches include Copacabana and Ipanema. Both immortalized through song, these two mile stretches of beach boast gorgeous views and amazing opportunities for people watching.

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  4. What do visitors need to know about visiting Machu Picchu?
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    There is a limit of 2,500 people to the site per day, so visitors need to buy their tickets sometimes months ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased online or in person in Cusco. Visitors should also bring a map and booklets, as there is not a lot of signage in this lost city.

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  5. How do visitors get to Machu Picchu in Peru?
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    Visitors can go by group tours, tourist trains outside of Cusco, or by hiking the Inca Trail.

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  6. What are the best experiences to have in the Galapagos Islands?
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    These islands are made up of ore than 120 isolated isles and islands, which can feel overwhelming. Instead, visitors need to prioritize based on what they want to see. For the dome-shaped tortoises, go the the El Chat Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island, where you can also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. San Cristobal Island have sea lions, while Isabela Island has the Sierra Negra Volcano.

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  7. What's the best way to get around the Galapagos Islands?
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    Since they are separated by water, the easiest way to get around is by boat. Multi-day cruises and tours can be arranged, but should be figured out several months in advance.

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  8. What's the nearest South American country to the Galapagos Islands?
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    Ecuador is the closest country and also claimed by Ecuador. Visitors fly into mainland Ecuador when planning on visiting the islands.

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