First, what makes Instagram so special? Well, once you went to the travel agency and flicked through glossy travel brochures. That time was called the 1990s. Now we are never more than the touch of a finger away from images and information. We are an interconnected community sharing our experiences via smartphone and tablet.
Instagram acts as a travel resource. Thinking about visiting a village in El Salvador? Just key in the name on the app on your device. Moments later you will find the images that may seal the deal or make you think twice. However, Instagram can do more. It also allows us to share our travels with friends, families, and followers. Every photo tells a story about the people and places that we visit.
Two years ago I visited South America for the first time. I left wanting to go back to see more- an addict! These photos tell the story.
Argentina and Brazil
Buenos Aires is a great introduction to South America
The city’s barrios or neighbourhoods are full of character. However, nowhere enchanted me as much as San Telmo. The sofas in the street personify its shabby chic, hipster vibe. It can be a little rough around the edges at times, but San Telmo is far more than just a Sunday market. I love its colour and the message on the sign- Don’t miss visiting the most beautiful shop!
See it for yourself- don’t miss San Telmo!
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Iguazu Falls should be known as the place of a thousand WOW moments
Rainbows hang in the air around you and are accompanied by the thundering roar of the water as you get closer to the falls. The photos here are unusual because the one taken in Argentina is panoramic while the one taken in Brazil is close up. In reality, it is usually the opposite. You see the close-ups in Argentina and panoramas on the other side of the border. Regardless, this is a place that you should definitely add to your bucket list. Could it be the most beautiful place on the planet? I think so!
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Sucre leaves lasting memories
The view across the city’s rooftops from Recoleta is one of those memories. With its traditional textile museum and monastery, it is a place that will easily eat away an afternoon. Then, if Sucre seduces you, it is where you will want to return to savour sunsets across the city. You might soon find that a few days there become a week…
What do you think when you imagine Bolivia?
The High Andes? Women wearing bowler hats? All of this exists. However, the country also shares part of the Amazon Basin. Sleepy San Buenaventura is a short boat ride away from Rurrenabaque, the tourist centre. It is so relaxed that the dogs literally sleep in the street. The Bolivian Amazon is a warm and colourful contrast to the cold nights of the Andes. The Amazon experience in Bolivia is also one of the best deals on the continent. If I could turn back time, as the song says.
La Paz provides the more stereotypical view of the country
Imagine streets filled with markets and textiles of every colour. Women wearing bowler hats sit at their stalls. After sleepy Sucre, it feels more like the big city, but with an indigenous South American flavour. You can spend your days wandering, shopping, haggling and waiting for that perfect photographic moment. In this case, it came through a café entrance. The dark interior contrasts with the bright colours outside. Yes, this is La Paz!
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Arequipa is SO underrated
Cusco. Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley of the Incas. These places are almost iconic. However, there is a lot more to Peru. Arequipa is easily missed on a trip there. Yet, it has great food, possibly the best textiles and a sublime Spanish colonial centre. The cathedral is lit up at night and it must be one of the most beautiful buildings on the continent! Make sure you get to Arequipa…
Oh, those bus journeys!
Into every life must fall some rain, they say! Some of the bus journeys must also fall into that category. The photo below was taken in the midst of a 24-hour extravaganza. A snowstorm left us stranded in the high Andes. Despite the inconvenience, the view of the early morning sun at altitude and the contrasting colours of the scene made it all almost worthwhile. If only I hadn’t been as sick as a dog at the time. Still, South America is sure to leave you with plenty memories!
Sunset on a perfect day…
It was the day that was suddenly kickstarted on a whim. Sitting in front of a café in Ollantaytambo, I asked a taxi driver how much it would cost to visit Moray and Moras. He wanted almost $50! That’s $50 US. For a moment I thought I might just do something else. Then, two Argentinian women beside me started to chat. They had already booked a taxi, so I could come along and pay a third of the price. Between our chat, a cool driver with lots of local knowledge and the amazing sites of Moray, Moras, and Chinchero, the day was unforgettable! It ended here in the orange glow of the dying sun at Chinchero market. Such a perfect day! $17 is nothing to pay for this memory!
And all roads lead to…
Machu Picchu! It is an icon of the continent.
Two Australian friends told me that they overheard an American tourist saying the following during their visit:
It just makes your eyes go wow!
In fact, it may be touristy, but it has an atmosphere. There is just something about its location high in the mountains. Some choose a stone and just meditate. I loved its sunrise and the shadows as the sun started to set in the afternoon. As the tourist hordes leave, you really feel its peacefulness.
Put it on the bucket list!
Two summers! Two Trips! These are the places and moments that have defined South America for me. Barring the involuntary bus trips from hell, each location mentioned above is worthy of a place on your itinerary.
Leave a comment to share your South American experiences with the world. If you want to leave a link to an Instagram post, I can share it on an updated list of travellers’ favourite places in South America. Let’s think of it as ‘The continent in Instagrammable moments!’
In the meantime, I leave you with some great South American photo resources from Instagram. Also, I have included a gallery of photos below.
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South America on Instagram
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