Things to do in South America

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Things to Do in South America

Top Attractions in South America

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  • gara c
    Belo Horizonte, MG3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aside from the shops and entertainment, Rua das Pedras also offers beautiful views of the coastline. Palm-lined sidewalks and charming architecture create a picturesque setting for leisurely strolls, providing opportunities for both shopping and enjoying the natural beauty of Búzios.
    Written 13 January 2024
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  • 50cab50
    Bracknell, UK232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are a number of different bus services operating out of the Terminal de Omnibus on the Argentina side - no need to book in advance - the cost is ARG$2,000-$2,500 each way. Rio Uruguay is a bit plusher but only runs hourly. Make sure your ticket/bus is for the falls as some of the buses run to Foz, which is the town.

    The bus will take you to immigration and you hop out to do the necessary (no Brazilian stamp), then hop back on.

    The bus sets you down at the park gates where you can pay either at a machine (with a card) or at a manned kiosk to pay in cash. A number of currencies are accepted- we paid in USD and got a very favourable rate. Same is true of the shop where I bought a nice T-shirt in USD.

    Entry price includes the bus to the start of the walk. You can choose to get off at one of three stops. Do your research before you go to decide which one to get off at. We did the second stop which gave us a nice build-up to the big falls at the end (stop 3).

    Of course the falls were fab, but you already know that. There were toilets and snacks along the route. Saw a few coatis (where food was being served).

    We were glad we took rain ponchos!

    We arrived at 10.30 and the viewing decks were pretty packed. When we left the park around 2, the decks/walkways were empty and hardly anyone was entering the park. Seemed like all the big tour groups had been and gone.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Will W
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We saw Carmina Burana performed here and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The acoustics are like nothing I've ever heard! And the architecture of the building is incredible. So incredible it makes you feel a little sad when you see how cheap and uninspiring most modern theaters are. Highly recommend seeing a show here but if you can only manage a tour then that's probably a great back up.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Irene Eng
    New York City, New York1,687 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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  • Robert P
    Bogota, Colombia161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb, well-organized, and very informative museum about the process, history, value, and importance of gold in the history of South America.

    Well laid out. Clean. An amazing number and type of artifacts, including some of the most important pieces in pre-Columbian life. Much of the explanations in English and Spanish. Docents in many areas and proactively helpful. Lighting is hood. Walking spaces sufficient.

    Gift shop with many fine items, albeit slightly more expensive than expected. Good variety of food and snacks at the cafeteria.

    Lots in this walking area of the El Central zone of the city. Just be conscious, aware, and alert… as crime sometimes does happen to those that appear easy targets.
    Written 17 March 2024
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  • GustavoDB
    London, UK65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really good beach, with great activitites to do: paragliding, speed boats, buggie trips... and the usual in any Brazilian beach: restaurants close to the shore, vendors, etc.
    Very nice views from the beach of the coast up north, lots of coconut trips behind the beach, you can enjoy the beach, the activities, and don't miss the buggy trip going south, and then either before going down to the beach, or before leaving, go to the tower view point for fantastic views of the scenery around.
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • jorge c
    Buenos Aires, Argentina16,547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's really a pool with no waves whatsoever specially during low tide. The coral reef barrier leaves a pretty nice pool. Ideal for safely bring kids to the water. You can practice Stand up paddle and kayak.
    Parking can be messy but there is a free area up the road with shade even.
    Written 22 October 2023
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  • IBrown
    Myrtle Beach, SC1,369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Following our NCL South American cruise which ended in Buenos Aires, I spent a few extra days in the city before heading back to the States. Friends that had been to Iguazu told us we should not leave Buenos Aires without going to the National Park. Be booked an independent tour with a company called Ripioturismo. They did not disappoint. I will review them separately. When we arrived at the Iguazu Airport our tour guide was there to meet us. It was a short drive into the park where we started our tour. The park itself is huge with many great facilities. There were sufficient eating places, bathrooms and gift shops. The park has many different walking trails of varying levels of difficulty. It was very crowded but our guide was able to get us to some of the most popular photo op locations. We took the upper and the lower path which gave us great visibility to the falls from all directions. It was very beautiful. We've been to Niagara Falls on many occasions and this was just a little different. It was something to behold. So glad we did it and I would recommend you make an effort to get there if you are in Buenos Aires. It is a 2 hour plane ride to get there.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • Sandra P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An incredible experience, for my first dive, Staff from the registration to the dive, they are very confident
    Written 10 May 2023
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  • anna lucia
    Barcelona, Spain15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice historical square.very beautiful,lots of bar,restaurants,verey popilar plaza you must visit.we loved all we saw.
    Written 19 March 2024
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  • Laura C
    Villa Ballester, Argentina6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    buggie with Genneide was fantastic! Very good everithing with the Mar azul staff, that they offer this with Vila do Mar hotel by free
    Written 9 February 2023
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  • Melissa B
    Saint Louis, MO441 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the funicular up here to watch the sunset and then walked down. Walking down in the dark was a little spooky, but it was worth it to have the view of the sunset. INCREDIBLE VIEWS! There were people upstairs selling snacks, hot food, ice cream, drinks, etc.
    Written 4 April 2024
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