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Top 15 South American Destinations Off the Beaten Path


Kaieteur Falls National Park - Guyana

While most travelers thinking of visiting South America automatically think of Machu Picchu in Peru first and Corcovado in Brazil second and the beaches of Brazil third, some of the most spectacular places to visit on the continent are off the beaten path.

Not only are they not the typical tourist spots, some of them are in countries that people don’t normally associate with the tourist industry, Colombia for example. Below are 15 of the most beautiful places in South America — possibly the world — that aren’t the first on a South American travel brochure list.

1. Kaieteur Falls National Park – Guyana

Guyana is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. While most countries’ rainforests have been reduced at a startling rate over the last 30 years, Guyana still has 70% of its virgin rainforest intact. Guyana also has Kaieteur Falls.

Kaieteur Falls is the largest single drop waterfall in the world by volume meaning there aren’t any steps from the top of the fall to the bottom. It is a straight drop. Visually, it is one of the most spectacular sites in the world.

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