15 Reasons to Never Go To South America

Have you been bitten by the travel bug but can’t decide which continent to explore? Here are 15 reasons you should avoid the boring wasteland known as South America.

Machu Picchu, Peru

It’s an incredible feat of architecture that was built by the Inca Empire and is nestled in the breathtaking natural wonder of the Andes. It’s possibly the most famous and brag-worthy hike there is, but who wants to be able to say they did that? Pass.

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    Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

    The world’s largest salt flat is Salar de Uyuni and it’s located in Southwest Bolivia. Not only can you walk on water there (miraculous? Sounds boring) but it’s also a breeding ground for pink flamingos (meh).

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    The Swing at the End of the World, Ecuador

    It’s just a piece of wood with two ropes attached over-looking a spectacular canyon view. No need to go all the way to Ecuador for that. Stay home and sit on a rusty metal park swing, use your imagination and you basically get the same experience, right?

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    Rio Carnivale, Brazil

    It’s known as one of the world’s biggest parties but it can’t be that good, right? Beautiful women in incredible costumes, dancing the night away at the Salsadrome… yawn.

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    Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

    In this tropical paradise you can go diving and explore actual shipwrecks. You can pretend you’re Bill Pullman discovering the Titanic and that when you reach the surface you’ll be receive a hero’s welcome. Totally not a fantasy of ours or anything.

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    Easter Island, Chile

    Wait, that’s in South America? Ugh, sooo boring. Famous for its stone moai figures, the island is known as one of the most mysterious places on earth. Save yourself the effort and just buy a bunch of these Easter Island Kleenex box holders. You’ll feel like you’re there and you’ll never be without a tissue.

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    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Sure, it’s the southernmost city in the entire world. And yes, you can totally see amazing views and bask in the port city’s rich history. You can even see penguins there, but who wants to see that?

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    Los Roques, Venezuela

    We’re trying to picture ourselves lying on one of this archipelago’s stunning white beaches, looking out over perfect turquoise waters at people snorkeling while digging our feet into the sand and enjoying a cold cocktail but we just can’t do it…

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    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    Home to some of the world’s most interesting and exotic animals, it’s where Charles Darwin dreamed up his theory of evolution when he visited in 1835 and is referred to as a “living museum”. Snooze.

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    Huacachina, Peru

    This literal oasis is a picturesque little town nestled in the heart of the Peruvian desert. Visit there and you can go on a winery tour or tear up the sand in a dune buggy at break-neck speeds… if you’re into that sort of thing.

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    The Great Blue Hole, Belize

    This collapsed limestone cave was named one of the best diving sites in the world by famed French diver Jacques Cousteau. But what did he know?

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    El Calafate, Argentina

    Home to the Glacier Perito Moreno, this southern Argentina locale boasts some incredible vistas and is named for a berry that when eaten, supposedly guarantees you will return to El Calafate again. It’s a trap! You can’t make us look at your stunning glaciers! Avoid! Avoid!

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    Granada, Nicaragua

    This colonial town was the first European settlement on mainland America and is brimming with history and old-world charm. You could stroll through one of its markets or relax in front of one of its quaint red-tiled roofed cafes while sipping good South American coffee; but who’d want to do that?

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    Angel Falls, Venezuela

    At 3,212 feet, it’s the world’s tallest waterfall and a pretty incredible sight. You can see it up close by taking a helicopter tour or if you’re really tough, hiking it. But you probably hate adventure, don’t you?

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    The Amazon River, Peru

    It’s considered one of the last unexplored frontiers on earth and it’s so not even worth seeing. Sure, you’d get to see jaw-dropping scenery, check out some of the coolest wildlife you can possibly imagine and have something amazing to brag about for the rest of your life, but really; You’d hate South America. Also, we don’t want it to get too popular.

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    The World in Chili

    Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

    The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

    As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

    Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

    Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.