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South America is steeped in history. Fabulous tales of the ingenious Incas, the powerful Tiawanaku, and other cultures await you. On a South America culture & history tour, you’ll be guided through the history of the South American peoples, from pre-Colombian to the great Inca Empire, up to the Spanish colonial and Brazilian Imperial era. With UNESCO World Heritage Sites included, these itineraries will take you back in time to the days when the Nazca worshiped water deities, the Mapuche and Patagon’s ruled the Southern Cone, and the Guarani thrived in the thick jungles of Iguassu.

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Calling all history enthusiasts! South America is steeped in historical sites and culture unlike anywhere else in the world. With several destinations deemed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you will have plenty to see, learn, and experience. Choose from any of our South American Culture and History Tours, where you will learn the ancient tales of the ingenious Incas, the powerful Tiawanaku and more. Follow experienced guides, as they take you through the history of the South American peoples, from pre-Colombian to the great Inca Empire, up to the Spanish colonial and Brazilian Imperial era. UNESCO World Heritage sites add the perfect touch to these custom-made itineraries, designed to transport you back into the past.

SouthAmerica.travel offers you six carefully designed tours, taking you through some of the world’s most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These tours are the Colombia Archaeology Tour to San Agustin Ruins, The Classic Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu Peru Tour, The Trujillo, Chiclayo, & Cajamarca Peru Tour Archaeology Tour, the Rio, Ouro Preto and Brazil Amazon Tour, and the Argentina, Land of Contrast Tour. All six tours take you to some of the most memorable places in the world. It’s easy to forget that some of the most iconic sites are UNESCO World Heritage sites: such as Machu Picchu, the Trujillo Ruins, Iguazu Falls, and more.

Once you travel to some of these places, you will feel as if you have gone back to the era where the Nazca worshiped the water deities, the Mapuche and Patagon’s ruled the Southern Cone, and the Guarani thrived in the thick jungles of Iguassu.

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FAQs about UNESCO Sites in South America

Thinking about a UNESCO site South America trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests.

How many Unesco World Heritage Sites are there in South America?

There are over 70 Cultural and Natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America. This includes the landscape of Rio de Janeiro, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, Iguazu National Park and Machu Picchu to name just a few.

Which are the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in South America?

This will depend on your interests as there are a lot to choose from. The most famous ones include the Iguazu National Park (where the Iguazu Falls are found), Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island, the Port of Cartagena in Colombia, the Galapagos Islands, Rio de Janeiro’s landscape, Machu Picchu and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. However, there are many more and you may be interested to include some of the less famous ones such as the historic center of Mompox in Colombia, the Inner City of Paramaribo in Suriname, historic Ouro Preto or the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos in Bolivia.

Why does South America have so many World Heritage Sites?

In terms of natural sites, South America is a hugely varied continent, covering the Andes mountains, Pacific and Atlantic Coasts, Amazon Rainforest and unique islands. For cultural sites, there is a rich history here from South America’s native inhabitants to later colonial conquests. All this combines to make South America a very unique place and that is reflected in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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