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5 Images That’ll Make You Hop on a Plane to South America

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5 Images That’ll Make You Hop on a Plane to South America

Home to some of the most beautiful towns, landscapes and people, South America is sure to make you want to lose yourself in an endless trip to discover all of its wonders and secrets. 

It has everything! Beautiful music, scenic roads, strange glaciers, delicious food, and vibrant culture with the warmest of the people, who will welcome you with the same feeling a friend welcomes you into their home.

Here are 5 images that will make you want to hop on a plane to South America today.

Street art in Medellin, Colombia

 

Medellin

When you think of Medellin, it’s hard not to think about Pablo Escobar and the dark history behind Colombian cartels, but much has changed over the past few years. Comuna 13, once one of the most violent barrios of the city, is now known for its beautiful and engaging street art. It’s a stage to local artists and at the same time brings a new and better life to the city.

Sunset in Salento, Colombia

 

Salento

The Cocora Valley or Valle de Cocora for the natives is home to the famous Quindío Wax Palm, Colombia’s national tree. Here you can find the tallest Palm Tree in the world with a staggering 197 feet high, so like, super tall! Sure, the trees are impressive and with no doubt, the main attraction of this place, yet the Valley itself doesn’t stand too far behind. The beautiful hills and impressive views leave you admiring it for hours. Cocora Valley is known for its many activities: hiking, horseback riding or Jeep driving and if you’re lucky enough you’ll even witness this amazing sunset.

San Blas, Panama from above

 

San Blas

If you’re looking for a dream destination, one deprived of tourist traps, San Blas Islands are the destination for you. After a series of revolutions, in 1925 the Panamanian government gave political autonomy to the indigenous Kuna People. Everything is controlled by them and persevered with minimal environmental impact as possible, which makes these islands even more special. Here you won’t find huge resorts or vast luxuries, instead, you’ll find a way to disconnect from the world and enjoy a simpler life. So if you’re set on not doing anything besides snorkeling, swimming or eating fresh fish, this place is the right choice for you.

Huacachina, Peru

 

Huacachina

Are you an extreme sports enthusiast? If so, Huacachina has you covered. From sandboarding, bodyboarding or speeding through the dunes in a super duper buggy, you'll have a full day filled with adrenaline and serious fun. Don’t fret if you’re not the adventurous type. How does a day by the pool in the middle of a desert oasis sound? Amazing, right? Or a trip to nearby local wineries to enjoy Peru’s national spirit, Pisco, made by distilling fermented grape juice. You won’t regret it. One thing you won’t want to miss is the stunning sunset on the dunes of Huacachina. It will bring you joy!

Uyuni, Bolivia

 

Uyuni

Chances are you’ve heard the name Uyuni because of the famous salt flats, Salar de Uyuni. It's the largest salt flat on Earth at 4,086 square miles. Due to its composition, the soil is rich in lithium (the main ingredient on your cell phone's battery) containing an estimate of 70% of lithium reserves on our planet, that’s a lot of juice right there. But if you think that’s the only reason to visit Uyuni, you’re wrong. From a Train Cemetery to lakes full of pink flamingos, Uyuni has a lot to offer. This destination will fill your heart and your memory card!

ARTICLE BY
Ivo Sousa Martins
Ivo Sousa Martins Writer Portugal, Lisbon
Mimi Schorer
Mimi Schorer Photographer Netherlands, Amsterdam
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