11 Scenic South American Photos That Will Make You Want To Travel

Warmer days are down South and while I reminisce on my many adventures hip hopping across borders and collecting passport stamps these locations have got to be some of my favourite places in Suramerica. Of course, I have decided to omit a few of the obvious that you need to see when you decide to venture into the continent of pure BLISS. Bliss? My South American definition: Food, Salsa, Food, Naturaleza, Culture, People… Wait everything… South America has everything! Here are my favourites.


1.Laguna Colorada, Salar del Uyuni- Bolivia

This is as real as it looks. In June of last year, I decided to do my Bolivian trip in 19 days. On the very last 3 days I toured Salar de Uyuni and within the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve Park , that’s where you will find this reddish, pinkish shallow lake. It got it’s colours from red sediments and pigmentations.

Laguna Colorada-Salar del Uyuni- Bolivia


2. El Peñol de Guatapé, Medellín- Colombia

One of my most recent trips and I can tell you that this one should not be missed. Oh, it was also very fun climbing up those 675 steps. After you visit here you will know exactly what I am talking about. Viva Colombia!

 El Peñol de Guatapé-Medellín- Colombia

3. Isla Del Sol, Copacabana- Bolivia

Standing on the edge of glory. Remote but quite relaxing and breathtaking. You can walk-out this entire landmass in 5-6 hours. Great hike and a view of the Inca ruins. In fact, for an “IslandLife” this affordable. Go for it!

Isla Del Sol-Copacabana- Bolivia

4. Salar del Uyuni, Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve Park- Bolivia

“Tree Rock”, after choosing to travel throughout Bolivia in the middle of winter the coldest times I had here were during this tour. I am now happy that I choose to ditch my jeep for literally 15 seconds to get a photo of this… I mean, look at nature!

Salar del Uyuni-Tree Rock-Bolivia

5. Jardim Botanîco, Rio de Janeiro- Brazil

Brazil is always a good choice, but with a country this big and with so many things to do and so many things to see, an entire trip needs to be dedicated and carved out JUST for Brazil. Here’s one of my favourite spots you can escape to from the hustle and bustle of Río… and yes to the beaches as well!

Jardim Botanîco- Rio de Janeiro- Brazil

6. Huacachina, Peru

Wow, just wow! I like the idea of travelling… Wait! Did I just figure that out? I hopped into Peru from Ecuador and I could not be any happier. This place right here. Go see it!… It was also my first-time sandboarding.

Huacachina, Peru-desert

7. Puente Del Ica, Mendoza- Argentina

4 hr bus journey from Mendoza. Malbec wine and all but do not miss out on this naturally- made bridge 4hrs outside of Mendoza. The colours are beautiful and the bus journey on the way there is something to see.

uente Del Ica-Mendoza- Argentina


8. Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires- Argentina

Rotating bridge ” Puente de la Mujer” located right in the art of B.A. Buenos Aires is big and beautiful with a European-style of architecture… There is more to add… It has friendly people and good steak!


9. Huacachina Oasis -Peru

How many times have you seen an Oasis in the middle of a desert? My point exactly. You also get to find a lodge for your holiday close by overlooking the sand dunes. It’s a beautiful experience.

Peru- Huacachina

10. San Carlos de Bariloche- Argentina

With waters this blue. San Carlos de Bariloche is the starting point of Patagonia. This town is filled with chocolate, cute wooden houses, shops, dark blue waters and the Andes are its backdrop.


11. Death Valley, San Pedro de Atacama- Chile

I watched this sunset changed to 3 different colours, from red to yellow to blue. San Pedro de Atacama is the most northern part of Chile which happens to be the driest non- polar desert on Earth. In fact, NASA did a few equipment tests here as it closely resembles the landscape on Mars.


  • Diana
    February 2, 2016

    It’s so weird that I have lived in South America most of my life and never explored. Now that I live in North America, can’t stop thinking about it. South America has so much to offer!

    • Shea Powell
      May 30, 2016

      Diana, South America definitely has so much to offer. I am still missing a few keys places there that I would love to explore. Visit there something, you’ll enjoy. Happy travel! xx

  • Gabrielle Beckford
    December 19, 2015

    Hey! Do you have to get a visa for each of the different south american countries? if so What is the process like? Are the visas expensive?

    • Shea Powell
      Gabrielle Beckford
      May 30, 2016

      Gabrielle, usually I would have to get a visa/s but not every South American country requires you to have one to enter. If you have a Jamaican passport; Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador are all visa-free. Just to name a few! 🙂

  • Craig
    November 15, 2015

    OK so apart from Machu Pichu, South America has never appealed to me that much…but WOW! Maybe I should make time and visit there afterall. Photo number 2 is breathtaking especially! Great photography!

    • Shea Powell
      November 18, 2015

      Hi Craig, thank you so much. South America has so much more to offer than just Machu Picchu.. If you noticed I’ve left it out because I wanted to focus on more than just that.. Also, Patagonia and East Island are two other highlights. I am happy to share those adventures in a few weeks.

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