South America Attractions

Top Things to Do in South America

Things to Do in South America

Top Attractions in South America

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  • meshellatl
    Atlanta, GA113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I revisited Brazil to come see the falls and it didn’t disappoint. I read another review that suggested going between noon-2pm to avoid the tours and not sure if they were right or if I got lucky but going during that time wasn’t busy at all. Maybe 40 people on the popular walkway which was a relief since I saw so many photos of people shoulder to shoulder. Wearing a poncho was definitely worth it bc you’ll get wet. I wouldn’t recommend paying 3x+ for a tour to see it. The visitor center had plenty of staff to help you buy tickets ($20usd) and the bus was very efficient and easy to use. Recommend getting off at the 2nd stop and doing the 1.5km walk to take it all in.
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • James K
    San Diego, CA13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited this as part of an entire day tour package, which worked out great. This was our first stop via van, we arrived at 9:30am and there were no lines to get there, but the base platform was already packed. Be prepared for crowds and rude people.

    It was a great experience, I would go again, just ensure to go early. It also seemed to save a lot of money, time and effort by doing an all day tour package of Rio.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • Irene Eng
    New York City, New York1,689 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must go: high atop the Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar), which is the small hill on the western side of the ocean/bay mouth. The mouth is nearly a mile wide mouth, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the Guanabara Bay to the north.

    To the west, under the Cristo Redentor / Christ the Redeemer’s feet, is the city of Rio. SDU airport, light colored buildings, shanty towns on the dark green hills, white beaches, little islands – the Bay is dotted by more than 130 islands. All are surrounded by gleaming waters, making it picturesquely enchanting.

    The cable car has two stops: the first one is at Morro da Urca (elevation 722′ or 220m), and the second/last stop is at the summit, Sugarloaf mountain (not sure mountain is fitting here), with 1,299′ (396m) elevation.

    The cable car operation opened in 1912. The four gondolas we were in, have no a/c.

    The cafes at both stops have great views as well.

    We left our hotel at 8:30, and again, seeing dressed up (or early dressed) crowds – the carnival is raging on. Many roads were closed. Heavy traffic jam made the drive an hour long ordeal.

    We finally arrived at Praça General Tibúrcio / General Tibúrcio Square, where the entrance to the cablecar is at. There wasn’t any lines, both to the gondola and ticket window. But ticket pick up was a long affair, when they demanded our ID. For Pete’s sake, why selling online but not issuing digital ticket? Secondly, on the ticket site there wasn’t any warning that ID is needed for ticket pick up.

    Once the physical tickets in hand, we got up quickly.
    Written 29 March 2024
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  • Andrew M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience with the agency Terra Quechua Peru that I hired, I booked everything perfect on the tour to Machu Picchu (that is very important) the guide was very good, very professional and entertaining, The Sanctuary is really spectacular. One thing is to see it in photos and another, totally different, is to feel the sensations that this magical place makes you experience.

    There are several routes to visit the ruins, so you have to choose one, as you can't go all the way around (unless you pay a new entrance fee) and the sanitary services are good. Very useful tip, buy your entrance ticket in advance.

    Machu Picchu should be on every traveller's bucket list for its beautiful views, history and incredible treks
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • Rosemarie C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tour in English of this theatre ! Would have loved to see a show but it was sold out .. so book in advance ! So much history and the architecture is absolutely stunning ! Got my tour ticket at box office
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • scout2017
    Heusy, Belgium60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing park. Well laid out and clean. The buildings did not strike me that much but the nature and lakes did. It is not so easy to get there by subway but walking down the hill from Paulista Ave along one of the nice streets a pleasure in itself.
    Written 8 March 2024
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  • Eaton_Out
    Greenville, SC651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed visiting this area of Buenos Aires. Please note that the waterway is a CANAL and not a river or harbor. That said, be sure to visit the Woman's Bridge that has a part that looks like a woman's leg during a Tango.
    Written 21 March 2024
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  • Marcos_mmdo
    Sao Paulo, SP173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to good pictures, in the high season it’s very crowded. Better to visit in early morning if you prefer a relaxing moment.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • jonmc2016
    Poughkeepsie, NY16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best things to do in old town is to check out the nicer hotels. Many have beautiful courtyards (but none live up to the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara), restaurants, and rooftop bars that are open most of the day to guests and non-guests alike.

    **You MUST be very careful walking. I can tell you that this is THE MOST DANGEROUS place we've ever been to for potential falls, broken ankles, etc. It's like they are purposely setting up hazards to generate medical care revenue! Scan 10 feet ahead for hazards then look up to enjoy the sights, repeat. Do NOT become complacent.

    We felt save in old town crime-wise, but didn't stay out past 10 pm.

    There are endless roaming and non-roaming street vendors, taxi drivers, horse drawn carriage riders, etc etc offering you their wares/services. Usually a smile and "no gracias" is enough for them to peel off and go to the next person.

    Basically, anywhere nice enough to eat at will accept Visa and Mastercard. So will the grocery stores and the shops. If you want to wheel and deal with a street vendor, you'll need pesos.

    I read that only the nicer places automatically add a 10% propina (service charge/tip) to the bill. We found pretty much every place did - including bars. This is supposedly shared amongst the staff. The only way I would suggest adding even more/and or handing a few dollars' worth of pesos to the actual server is if they did an incredible job.

    There is no sales tax added after the fact in Colombia. The VAT is included in the price. So, for meals, the only additional cost should be the 10% propina added to the final bill.

    Old town is a "foodie" and "drinkie's" paradise, especially if they like seafood. My wife had about 5 different Ceviches and each one was better than the next. Grilled Octopus and whole fish are also highlights. I had an incredible burger at Jardin at the Legend! The craft cocktails at the nicer bars are wonderful - and VERY affordable compared to other locations (this is coming from someone who lives 75 miles from NYC).

    The rooftop bars are worth seeking out and enjoying. Many are open all day. In the evening, the music (live or canned) can get loud so if you're more chill, try and enjoy the rooftop bars up until sunset.
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • 50cab50
    Bracknell, UK232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited after the falls but should have left ourselves more time for this nice park.

    There is a set trail through lush grounds, with lots to see along the way and different resting areas where you can just relax and watch what flies, swims, flutters or ambles by. The seating in the hummingbird area was particularly enticing.

    Icy cold beer in the cafe too - just what you need after a sticky walk around the falls.

    Entry is Rs$80 (around £13 UK). We paid in USD at a favourable rate.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Marcos_mmdo
    Sao Paulo, SP173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a “must see” in Gramado. Very cool to see the details of the pictures and find some “easter eggs” included in the scenes, that brings fun to the journey.
    Don’t hesitate to take the local “newspaper” and participate of the play.
    The place is very crowded, important to buy the tickets before by internet to avoid long lines.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • Reservarlden
    London, UK409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most elegant avenues in the city with lots of large buildings everywhere. Many shops, hotels, food venues and much more and on a Sunday the road is closed to vehicular traffic during the day between 8am and 4pm. Just don't get caught out in a horrific Sunday afternoon of rain, thunder and lightning as occurred mid February 2024.
    Written 19 February 2024
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