South America UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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South America UNESCO World Heritage Sites

South America UNESCO tours are available in almost every country on the continent. There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America, especially in Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. With both natural UNESCO sites and cultural UNESCO sites there are two main tour types. Cultural tours and historical tours could see you visit Inca sites in Peru, Imperial era buildings in Brazil or admire Spanish colonial architecture in Colombia. South American archaeological tours are possible too, with northern Peru a particularly good option. In contrast, South America nature and wildlife tours are possible at places such as the Perito Moreno Glacier, Iguazu Falls and the Pantanal wetlands. All the UNESCO World Heritage site tours below take you to some of the most memorable places in the world. Every UNESCO travel package is customized to fit your travel style, pace and schedule.
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5 Best South America UNESCO World Heritage Sites for 2021

Tour Name Price Duration Description
The Essence of Peru from $2890 15 Days Historic Lima, the Ballestas Isles (the 'Galapagos of Peru'), Nazca Lines, the white city of Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, mystic Cuzco, the Sacred Valley...
Easter Island and Machu Picchu from $1730 8 Days This Easter Island and Machu Picchu tour combines two of South America's most mysterious destinations and most fascinating highlights. From Santia...
World Wonders of South America from $1990 11 Days The Iguazu Falls, located on the border of southern Brazil and northern Argentina, and the ruins of Machu Picchu, nestled in the cloud forest of...
Rio de Janeiro & the Route of Gold from $2290 8 Days The Gold Rush in Brazil transformed the country, altered its course of history, and financed the Industrial Revolution in Europe. This Brazil Route...
Santiago and Easter Island Tour from $1360 8 Days For those on a honeymoon or travelers with archeological curiosity, this Santiago & Easter Island tour combines two of Chile's most popular...

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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Covid-19 Update: South America is OPENING!

CountryOpen without quarantine?Covid-19 test required before travel?
BrazilYesYes (PCR)
ColombiaYesYes (PCR)
EcuadorYesYes (PCR)
BoliviaYesYes (PCR)
ParaguayYesYes (PCR or LAMP)
GuyanaYesYes (PCR)
Peru14 day quarantine in placeYes (PCR or antigen)
ChileOpen to travelers though 10 day quarantine currently required.Yes (PCR)
ArgentinaCurrently not open to most travelersYes (and again on arrival)
UruguayNoYes (PCR)
French GuianaNo-
Updated Jan 4, 2021
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