15 Hidden Gems in South America
If you’re planning a trip to South America and are researching your itinerary, you’ll probably see the same places over and over again. Destinations such as Machu Picchu or Salar de Uyuni are indeed amazing, but if you’d like some hidden gems, you’ll need to dig deeper.
Many of the places you’ll read about in this article are on par with many of South America’s main tourist attractions, they’re just not as popular. So not only can you visit incredible destinations, you probably won’t need to fight the hordes of tourists.
1. Kuelap Ruins – Peru
Located in the northern part of the Peruvian Andes, the Kuelap Ruins will make you feel like a real explorer (think Indiana Jones!). They were built by the Chachapoyas people in the 6th century and overlook the Utcubamba Valley.
You’ll be walking through stone ruins covered with cloud forest, which is common in that area of Peru. In fact, the Chachapoyas were called “Warriors of the Clouds” because they lived in this region. One of the highlights is their curious circular buildings.