Things to do in South America

Top South America Attractions

Things to Do in South America

Top Attractions in South America

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  • meshellatl
    Atlanta, GA114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I revisited Brazil to come see the falls and it didn’t disappoint. I read another review that suggested going between noon-2pm to avoid the tours and not sure if they were right or if I got lucky but going during that time wasn’t busy at all. Maybe 40 people on the popular walkway which was a relief since I saw so many photos of people shoulder to shoulder. Wearing a poncho was definitely worth it bc you’ll get wet. I wouldn’t recommend paying 3x+ for a tour to see it. The visitor center had plenty of staff to help you buy tickets ($20usd) and the bus was very efficient and easy to use. Recommend getting off at the 2nd stop and doing the 1.5km walk to take it all in.
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • James K
    San Diego, CA13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited this as part of an entire day tour package, which worked out great. This was our first stop via van, we arrived at 9:30am and there were no lines to get there, but the base platform was already packed. Be prepared for crowds and rude people.

    It was a great experience, I would go again, just ensure to go early. It also seemed to save a lot of money, time and effort by doing an all day tour package of Rio.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • Irene Eng
    New York City, New York1,692 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must go: high atop the Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar), which is the small hill on the western side of the ocean/bay mouth. The mouth is nearly a mile wide mouth, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the Guanabara Bay to the north.

    To the west, under the Cristo Redentor / Christ the Redeemer’s feet, is the city of Rio. SDU airport, light colored buildings, shanty towns on the dark green hills, white beaches, little islands – the Bay is dotted by more than 130 islands. All are surrounded by gleaming waters, making it picturesquely enchanting.

    The cable car has two stops: the first one is at Morro da Urca (elevation 722′ or 220m), and the second/last stop is at the summit, Sugarloaf mountain (not sure mountain is fitting here), with 1,299′ (396m) elevation.

    The cable car operation opened in 1912. The four gondolas we were in, have no a/c.

    The cafes at both stops have great views as well.

    We left our hotel at 8:30, and again, seeing dressed up (or early dressed) crowds – the carnival is raging on. Many roads were closed. Heavy traffic jam made the drive an hour long ordeal.

    We finally arrived at Praça General Tibúrcio / General Tibúrcio Square, where the entrance to the cablecar is at. There wasn’t any lines, both to the gondola and ticket window. But ticket pick up was a long affair, when they demanded our ID. For Pete’s sake, why selling online but not issuing digital ticket? Secondly, on the ticket site there wasn’t any warning that ID is needed for ticket pick up.

    Once the physical tickets in hand, we got up quickly.
    Written 29 March 2024
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  • Daniel O
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My 4th trip to this amazing site in 5 years! Yes, it is THAT stunning.

    These ruins are a testament to the engineering skills of the Inca. It's a powerful experience to walk through and realize the energy of this city.

    Since the city rests at approximately 7,500ft, take time to acclimate before visiting. Go slow while exploring.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Rosemarie C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tour in English of this theatre ! Would have loved to see a show but it was sold out .. so book in advance ! So much history and the architecture is absolutely stunning ! Got my tour ticket at box office
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • scout2017
    Heusy, Belgium60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing park. Well laid out and clean. The buildings did not strike me that much but the nature and lakes did. It is not so easy to get there by subway but walking down the hill from Paulista Ave along one of the nice streets a pleasure in itself.
    Written 8 March 2024
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  • Eaton_Out
    Greenville, SC651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed visiting this area of Buenos Aires. Please note that the waterway is a CANAL and not a river or harbor. That said, be sure to visit the Woman's Bridge that has a part that looks like a woman's leg during a Tango.
    Written 21 March 2024
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  • Marcos_mmdo
    Sao Paulo, SP173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to good pictures, in the high season it’s very crowded. Better to visit in early morning if you prefer a relaxing moment.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • Serena S
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture. Busy and vibrant. Lots of shops and several great restaurants. Surprise street performers. Great place to walk and explore. Clean, safe, lots of fun! Easy way to enjoy the day or evening with no set agenda.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • 50cab50
    Bracknell, UK232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited after the falls but should have left ourselves more time for this nice park.

    There is a set trail through lush grounds, with lots to see along the way and different resting areas where you can just relax and watch what flies, swims, flutters or ambles by. The seating in the hummingbird area was particularly enticing.

    Icy cold beer in the cafe too - just what you need after a sticky walk around the falls.

    Entry is Rs$80 (around £13 UK). We paid in USD at a favourable rate.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Marcos_mmdo
    Sao Paulo, SP173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a “must see” in Gramado. Very cool to see the details of the pictures and find some “easter eggs” included in the scenes, that brings fun to the journey.
    Don’t hesitate to take the local “newspaper” and participate of the play.
    The place is very crowded, important to buy the tickets before by internet to avoid long lines.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • Reservarlden
    London, UK409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most elegant avenues in the city with lots of large buildings everywhere. Many shops, hotels, food venues and much more and on a Sunday the road is closed to vehicular traffic during the day between 8am and 4pm. Just don't get caught out in a horrific Sunday afternoon of rain, thunder and lightning as occurred mid February 2024.
    Written 19 February 2024
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