5 Best Attractions in South America For 2022
Photo: Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia is considered the largest salt desert in the world and one of the highest above sea level. (Photo via O.T.W./iStock/Getty Images Plus).
South America might be home to some of the best natural wonders in the world, and it's these wonders that are sure to attract many travelers to the continent this year.
The world's largest waterfall system, Iguazu Falls, is one of these wonders. Straddling Paraguyan, Argentine and Brazilian borders, Iguazu is located in Iguazu National Park. Argentina is the best destination to see the falls, since most of them lie on that side of the border, but either way, travelers can enjoy watching the powerful falls and take river rafting excursions, an eco-float tour or even hike through the national park to spot monkeys, colorful birds and perhaps even a jaguar.
The second attraction is Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flats. Located in the Bolivian Andes, this high-altitude natural wonder becomes the world's mirror after rainfall, creating an incredible, otherworldly environment that makes photography a must.
Third is Patagonia, the southernmost region in Chile. This place, the closest region of the world to Antarctica, offers national parks that include accommodations from camping to luxury hotels and resorts. Travelers can enjoy seeing penguins, hiking glaciers and ancient forests as well as capturing photos of stunning waterfalls.
The fourth best attraction this year is going to be Machu Picchu; this ancient complex above the clouds has captured the imaginations of millions for generations, and that isn't going to stop this year. Travelers can access the ruins in a variety of ways, most popularly by hiking. The well-preserved architecture of the Incan civilization above the clouds will awe anyone who visits.
Lastly, but certainly not least, is the Atacama Desert. This is the driest desert in the world, and it's located in the Chilean Andes. This region is one of the best in the world for astrotourism because its climate offers some of the best stargazing opportunities around and is home to some of the best observatories. It's also great for adventure tourism or for people who love learning about ancient cultures, for the region has been inhabited for thousands of years. The desert is also incredible diverse: it offer salt flats, geysers and even lagoons.