South America is a fascinating continent with a rich history and culture. Many people dream of visiting this unique destination for its incredible scenery, historic sites and extraordinary events, from the sacred ruins at Machu Picchu to the upcoming Chile Eclipse. Here are four inspirational experiences in South America that are not to be missed in 2019.
1. The Chile Eclipse, Chile
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A solar eclipse is one of the most powerful and moving natural phenomenons you can experience, and South America is the best place to witness a solar eclipse in 2019. The stunning Elqui Valley in Chile is a world-famous location to view the stars, with unobstructed views and 360 clear nights a year. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience and be inspired by the mesmerising experience of the moon blocking out the sun in this ancient place.
2. Hiking the Machu Picchu trail, Peru
Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible places on earth, and this hidden ancient city is truly inspirational. Head to Peru for an incredible experience and if you can, make sure to hike through the cloud forests on the Inca Trail.
High up in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is a world heritage site, with only 200 visitors allowed a day, so make sure to book your trip in advance. Walk the ancient streets with an experienced local guide and learn about the history of this incredible ancient citadel.
3. Visit Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil and Panama
Iguazu – meaning 'big water' in English – is a truly inspirational destination in South America. Experience the roaring waters, incredible views and 1.7 miles of waterfalls. Accessible from Argentina, Panama and Brazil, the colossal Iguazu Falls are made up of 275 individual waterfalls.
Not only are the Iguazu Falls a beautiful natural phenomenon, Iguazu National Park is perfect for travellers looking to explore South America and its unique landscapes. Explore the last remaining 5% of the Atlantic Rainforest, and be inspired by the plants, animals and scenery that very few have witnessed.
4. Marvel at the Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
If you’re looking for some inspiration, you'll struggle to find a place more awe-inspiring than the Las Lajas Sanctuary in Colombia. This Gothic church was built between 1916 and 1949 and is nestled in the canyon of the Guaitara River.
Wrapped in mysteries and legends, this incredible building rises out of the raw Colombian landscape like a fairytale castle. With spires, archways, statues, bridges and a waterfall, this is a location like no other, on a 130 feet tall bridge over the river.
Voted the most beautiful church in the world in 2015 by The Telegraph, whether you are Roman Catholic or not, this church is a sight to behold. Many pilgrims travel to the site, but this architectural marvel is just as inspirational for anyone exploring South America.