The 5 Best South America Adventure Destinations
picture of the cover of a sample tour itinerary
  • Get This Itinerary Now! 📬
Adventure Tours

The 5 Best South America Adventure Destinations

3 min read

Feb 10, 2016


By Jason Mayo

Share This Post

South America is known for being mysterious and beautiful, but some people don’t know the incredible adventure that it has to offer as well. Here are five of the Best South America Adventure Destinations that will blow you away!

1. Torres del Paine – Best South America Adventure Destinations

Best South America Adventure DestinationsTorres del Paine is a true hiker’s paradise with a little of everything – glaciers, lakes, mountains, and so much more. The weather can change from snow to blue skies to cloudy and windy in one day. The breathtaking sites are unforgettable and accessible to all types of adventures. The hikes range from very easy to challenging and everything in between. This is an absolute must for any hiker visiting South America.

2. Uyuni Salt Flats – Best South America Adventure Destinations Best South America Adventure Destinations

The Uyuni Salt Flats might be the purest adventure destination in South America. Spending a couple of days in a jeep traveling through the salt flats provides the ultimate sense of exploration and wonder. Fun fact, no matter what the time of year you visit, you will have fantastic photo opportunities! Don’t forget about stargazing in Uyuni, an eye-opening experience for anyone interested in the cosmos.

3. Amazon – Best South America Adventure Destinations

Best South America Adventure Destinations

The Amazon Jungle is a must-visit for any adventure seeker. With its dense forestry, diversity of wildlife, and incredibly powerful river basin, there is a magical aura that the Amazon contains unlike any other destination in the world. Whether you choose to do a cruise or stay at a lodge, you will get the feeling that you are truly on a voyage through untapped land and come out the other end a more experienced adventurer!

4. Pantanal – Best South America Adventure Destinations Best South America Adventure Destinations

The Pantanal (along with the Galapagos, see below) is one of the best places to see wildlife in all of South America. Since it is near the Amazon and does not have the same dense forest as the Amazon, the wildlife is accessible and easier to spot. You will see a wide range of animals including giant river otters, anacondas, iguanas, caiman, monkeys, capybaras and if you’re lucky, even a jaguar!

5. Galapagos – Best South America Adventure Destinations

adventure-destinationsWhen headed to the Galapagos be sure to bring a GoPro or a high-quality camera! The Galapagos became famous because of Darwin and diverse wildlife. It lives up to its reputation and more! Turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, iguanas, penguins, and flamingoes are just the fraction of the animals you can get up close and personal. For the more adventurous people, scuba diving is an amazing option and one of the best places to dive in the world!

Get started planning your South America Adventure Trip!

South America Tours

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Plan Your Trip to
the Galápagos
the Amazon
Machu Picchu
Create Your Own Custom Tour

Click your preferences: Destinations & Activities. Be as specific or general as you like - or click Help Me Decide! We'll spice it with hidden gems & personal tips to create your perfect trip.

Choose Amazon destinations (optional)
Choose destinations (optional)
Choose Bolivia destinations (optional)
Choose Brazil destinations (opt)
Choose Chile destinations (opt)
Choose Colombia destinations (optional)
Choose Ecuador & Galapagos destinations (optional)
Choose Paraguay destinations (optional)
Choose Patagonia & Antarctica destinations (optional)
Choose Peru destinations (optional)
Choose Interests
Choose activities
What category of accommodation?

You can choose more than one!

When would you like to go?
How many travelers?
age groups
age groups
Review my trip summary





Highly recommended - Phone: We ❤️ to talk! A brief chat with your personal Travel Consultant helps us create your perfect trip!

Hooray! Thanks for Sharing!

If you have an additional 30 seconds we’d love to learn more about you…

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Custom Form Blue Popup

  • Including accommodations, transportation and activities/tours.
  • One Moment Please

    We are matching your tour idea with the right Travel Consultant
    who will be in touch shortly.
    Thank you for your request!