The continent of South America is a subcontinent of the Americas, spanning more than 17 million square kilometres, including 13 sovereign states which include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. There are corners of the continent that are still yet undiscovered and in some parts there are ancient tribes that have never seen modern man. Here are 3 untold must do adventures of South America.
Trekking through the Andes and Inca trails is a great way to see history as it still remains, and would have to be one of the most interesting tours that you can do in the South American region. A tour the Machu Piccu Ruins will show you the way man lived long ago, where the ruins tell the story of how ancient man walked upon the earth thousands of years ago. Some trekking tours will take you to the peaks of the area and allow you the opportunity to camp beneath the Salcantay mountain region for an experience like no other.
The Amazon rainforest covers most the Amazon Basin of South America with more than 5million Kilometres of rainforest making up what is known as the ‘lungs of the earth’. The area is one of the world’s largest and most bio diverse rainforest regions in the world with more than 16,000 species of tree. Because the whole rainforest region is spread among nine nations it can be accessed through many different trails and paths that lead into its depths, some of which are yet to be explored. It is believed that there are tribes living deep in the Amazon rainforest who have never been seen or heard of, with their own languages and ancient healing practices. Some of these ancient healing practices such as the ‘Aya’ ceremonies have become sought by many people of all nationalities who go to the region to take part in them. The ceremonies are believed to assist them in facing their fears and bring peace and tranquillity to the mind, and are growing in popularity with more and more people making the journey to the area for this reason. Whatever the reason that you go there, the Amazon is one of the most amazing parts of the world, and worth the time to see it while it is still pristine.
The Galapagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands situated west of Ecuador, with the first recorded visit to the islands believed to be in 1535 when Dominican Friar Fray Tomas de Berlanga was blown off course while on his way to Peru. There are 19 main islands whose lands are each larger than 1Km, and are inhabited by the native iguanas that are known from the area. The iguanas became extinct on the islands but were reintroduced there from some that were bred in a breeding project through the Charles Darwin Research Station. Adventures to the island can be done via cruise ships that visit the area year around and go to specific islands to take in the natural wonder of the iguana populations, and unique flora and fauna of the area.