For many who visit South America, a trip to this ancient, lost Inca city is the perfect capstone to their trip. Machu Picchu is the most well-known archaeological site on South America, and it is a common destination to those visiting Peru. For anyone even remotely interested in the history of the Incas, a visit to Machu Picchu is a must.
The Galapagos Islands
These islands, located near Ecuador, were made most famous by evolutionary master Charles Darwin. Even today, there is a bewildering array of animals on the islands, and they all tend to mostly ignore humans even when they arrive to take photos.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With world-famous beaches and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor as it is known locally, Rio is a city that presents an exhilarating experience to any who visit. From white sand beaches, some as famous as Copacabana and Ipanema, to the busting city of Rio itself, there is always a good time to be had. Of course, no one can forget about Carnival, which may well be the world's largest party often bringing in millions of revelers.
The Amazon Forest
The thick Amazon rain forest calls out for those looking for an unforgettable adventure. The beauty and biodiversity of this breathtaking forest cannot be sufficiently put into words and simply must be experienced to fully understand.
Hidden deep within the Amazon, Kaiteur Falls is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, as the water shoots out over an 820-foot cliff at a rate of 30,000 gallons per second. For those who are truly brave, it is possible to reach the top of the falls and peek out over them into the waters below.