If anyone has ever been to South America, you’re sure to have trekked to Machu Picchu in Peru, and if you haven’t… You need to!!! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and although I became ridiculously sick due to the high altitude (those darn sickness pills were of no assistance), it was something I’ll always remember. The views, the friendly people we came across, the trekking of highest of highs, and the overall experience is why it’s one of the first things I’d recommend anyone do in South America.
What about Brazil? Although I’ve only been to Rio De Janeiro, it was also one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. Although Peru is known for its adventure and green scenery, Rio is the city for beaches, parties, and heat all year round. The view from Christ the Redeemer paints a stunning picture, with the deep blue of the ocean blending in with the skies. Although I was there in winter, it was still averaging 27 degrees celcius, however this left Copacabana beach rather peaceful. It was not hot enough for the locals that’s for sure, and during this time tourists were flocking to the European summer, so a stroll on the beach was way more quieter than the madness the carnival season would attract. Don’t forget to eat lots of churrasco (I suggest going to Porcao’s for the best churrascaria ever) & join a favela tour – it was great to see how many Brazilians live behind the tourist streets of Rio.
Another South American gem is Buenos Aires in Argentina. It was rather quiet during the daytime, however the city becomes much more alive in the evenings, as Argentinians love their dinner, alcohol, music and parties. Speaking of dinner, Argentina has some of the yummiest food in the world, especially if you’re a lover of steak. Marinated in ways you couldn’t imagine, succulent, and cooked just the way you like it, some steak restaurants in the city are ranked the best worldwide. A fave restaurant of mine was La Cabrera, my medium cooked steak was not only the most succulent steak I’ve eaten, but came garnished with delicious slices of bacon, alongside many different antipasto dipping sauces. Known for its large portions and busy ambience, it is best that you book in advance.