A beam of light illuminates the cascading Angel Falls in Venezuela.

Ancient cities. Exotic destinations. Breathtaking natural wonders. If you’re planning to travel around South America, these are the places you should visit. Keep reading to discover the 51 best places to visit in South America and make sure to add them to your bucket list.

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A view of Machu Picchu with flowers and greenery in the foreground. Huayna Picchu is visible in the background.

If you’re in search of magical Machu Picchu pictures, you’ve arrived at your destination. Known as one of the most mystical wonders of the world, Machu Picchu means Old Mountain in the local Quechua language. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins are located just four hours from Cusco in the cloud forest of Aguas Calientes, and they are situated at 7,972 ft (2,430 m) above sea level. It is a destination beloved by both tourists and locals alike.

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A Peru honeymoon is a dream trip for many couples thanks to the mystical archeological site of Machu Picchu. Combined with Peru’s fascinating history, tranquil landscapes, and uniquely flavorful cuisine, it is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world. There are many adventures to be had in this beautiful South American country through its colonial city streets, Incan ruins, and winding mountain roads. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to recharge amidst the romantic scenery, too. Below you will find one example of how our expert Travel Advisors can customize a honeymoon itinerary that visits the top destinations in Peru in one week.

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Huayna Picchu's peak with plants in the foreground. The terraces and ruins are visible on top of Huayna Picchu.

Huayna Picchu, which in Quechua roughly translates to “Young Peak,” is the majestic sugarloaf mountain that rests behind the northern side of Machu Picchu. Its dramatic shape and backdrop against the ruins are, in part, why Machu Picchu is so striking in appearance.

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Among the many alternative treks to Machu Picchu, there are a handful we recommend to travelers who want to upgrade their trekking experience.

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Machu Picchu ruins floating in misty clouds

What’s the best time to visit Machu Picchu? For clear skies, sunny weather, and a chance to take photos of Machu Picchu like the ones you see in the travel magazines, the easy answer is June, July, or August. This is peak season for travel to Machu Picchu. Because of course, everyone has the same idea. But that’s not a drawback as long as you know what to expect.

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Peru and food. It is increasingly difficult to speak of one without the other. Some would argue that the truest conduit to Peru’s modern heart and soul is through its culinary landscape.

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