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Best Places to Travel in 2017

What’s on your bucket list this year?

Daydreaming about traveling this year, but looking for some inspiration? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the Best Places to Travel in 2017, featuring hidden gems and cultural treasures of South America. From the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu to the exotic beaches of Brazil and the Pantanal Wetlands, we’ve got it all!  Scroll through our list and start planning your 2017 travels.

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#1. Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Where impressive man-made wonders meet natural beauty.

Rio de Janeiro ranks as #1 on our list of Best Places to Travel in 2017. With its soaring cliffs, urban Tijuca Forest and beautiful beaches, it comes as no surprise that the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Center.  And just recently, in the wake of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil has transformed Rio de Janeiro, welcoming visitors with a fresh new face. Find out why travelers continue to flock to the to the “Marvelous City.”

Rio de Janeiro Brazil Cable Car

#2 Machu Picchu, PERU

Follow the footsteps of the Incas to the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu.

No list would be complete without mentioning Machu Picchu. As one of the most visited tourist attractions in South America, the Incan Ruins cater to any travel style. Choose from a trek along the Inca Trail, or take a luxury train to the foot of Machu Picchu. Whatever you decide, you are sure to be in awe of the mysterious ruins.

Landscape of Machu Picchu Peru

#3 Antarctica Cruise

Venture to the White Wilderness aboard a Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise.

Impress all your friends and go on a cruise to the most untouched continent on the planet! Enjoy an unforgettable expedition cruise aboard a comfortable Hurtigruten cruise ship. Set course to the icy unknown, sailing through the treacherous Drak Passage to vast horizons of South Georgia. Adventure awaits.

Antarctica Cruises

#4 Galapagos Islands, ECUADOR

Discover the Galapagos Islands where Darwin formed his Theory of Evolution.

Explore the diverse wildlife found on the Galapagos Islands, where tropical and polar species live together in a magical world. From seals and flamingos to penguins and giant sea turtles, every day in the Galapagos brings a new adventure. Bring your camera and prepare for some adorable animal photo ops.

Marine life in the Galapagos Islands Ecuador

#5 Fortaleza to São Luís, BRAZIL

Combine the warm waters of Northern Brazil with the UNESCO city of São Luís.

Instead of flying to the more common destinations for spring break, venture somewhere new! Grab your beach towel and relax on the white sandy beaches of Fortaleza. Then head to the UNESCO city of São Luís, a colonial gem of Northern Brazil.

Fortaleza Brazil Beaches

#6 Coffee Region of Colombia

For the coffee connoisseur, the Colombian Coffee Triangle is calling.

You haven’t tasted coffee until you’ve sipped a fresh espresso from the Colombian Coffee Region. See a new face to Colombia as you travel through the rural coffee region to farms where you can chat with the locals and learn the skill of foam art.

Coffee Region of Colombia

#7 Fernando de Noronha, BRAZIL

Rejuvenate on the remote beaches of Brazil.

Fernando de Noronha is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and beach lovers.  Bring your swim suit and get ready for fantastic diving conditions as you swim through the crystal clear waters. Add Fernando de Noronha on the end of your Brazil adventure for some R&R before returning home.

Fernando do Noronha Brazil Beach

#8 Atacama Desert, CHILE

Prepare for the best stargazing in the world & explore otherworldly valleys.

The Atacama Desert makes our Best Places to Travel in 2017 list for its moon-like valleys, bursting geysers and incredible stargazing. Few places in the world can complete with Chile’s Atacama Desert when it comes to stargazing. Bring your friends who are interested in soft adventure and add the Atacama Desert to your travel list for 2017!

The Atacama Desert in Chile

#9 Uyuni Salt Flats, BOLIVIA

Explore the world’s largest salt flats.

Travelers flock to Bolivia and jump on a jeep tour to venture to the reflective salt flats in hopes of capturing the perfect photo. The bright sun and mirror-like salt flats play tricks on the eyes, so bring your best props and creativity for a fun photo-shoot.

Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

#10 Ouro Preto – Inhotim – Tiradentes, BRAZIL

Follow the Gold Route to Brazil’s most impressive Colonial Gems.

For those that love art and colonial towns, Ouro Preto and Inhotim cannot be missed! Visit some of Brazil’s best-hidden gems, sparkled with wealth and adorned gold churches from the Brazilian Gold Rush. Take the road less traveled to discover the heart of Brazil.

Ouro Preto Brazil

#11 Patagonia, CHILE & ARGENTINA

Discover the magic of Patagonia – where jagged peaks meet fjords and ocean.

Patagonia draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the world, and we know why. Famous for its jaw-dropping natural vistas, jagged peaks and glaciers, one could spend weeks traveling around Patagonia. Book in advance, as Torres del Paine National Park will begin limiting the number of visitors to preserve the park, making travel more competitive.

Patagonia Landscape in Argentina

#12 Pantanal Wetlands, BRAZIL

Experience the Wild Pantanal and search for the elusive jaguar.

While the Amazon gets all the air-time, the Pantanal proves to be another fantastic place to spot wildlife. Stay at an eco-lodge and awake to the sound of birds, go on a nighttime safari to see the nocturnal wildlife and enjoy horseback riding through the wetlands. The Pantanal comes in at #12 on our list for its remoteness and wildlife.

The Pantanal Wetlands in Brazil - Horseback Riding

#13 Iguazú Falls, ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

Visit one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature & admire the mighty Iguazú Falls.

With over 275 individual waterfalls, the sheer size and power of Iguazú Falls will leave you in awe. Walk along the pathways above the falls one day and take a boat ride down below to get up close the mighty falls the second day. See for yourself why Iguazú is now a Wonder of Nature.

 Boating in Iguazu Falls


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Michelle Beetham

Marketing Manager at SouthAmerica.travel
Michelle was born and raised in Washington State and attended college in Los Angeles, California where she studied Communications and Political Science.Her passion for traveling came after she spent 5 months traveling throughout South America, she spent time in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.Some of her highlights include trekking through the Peruvian Andes to the mysterious Machu Picchu, exploring Patagonia’s enchanting national parks and lounging on the beach in Brazil.She has recently joined the Buenos Aires team and couldn't be happier. Send her an email if you have any marketing inquiries or check out her blog posts to learn more about her travels.
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