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6 destinations you must visit in South America

Today tourists are more aware than ever of the diversity the world has to offer when speaking about an unforgettable holiday. So, if you are wondering where to go next summer you are in the right place.

Whether you are looking for a quiet fishing village, a remote island, a Latino party beach or a vibrant surf town, options are plentiful in South America for the beach lovers. This continent is home to breathtaking shimmering beaches whether on the Atlantic, Pacific or Caribbean. Here follow the top 6 of the most beautiful beaches in the region:

1 – Los Roques, Venezuela.

Sun, turquoise waters, sugar-fine sand and the most delicious local cuisine is what you will find in the stunning chain of the island called Archipelago de Los Roques. This national park is compound of 43 islands and hundreds of sandbanks located 128 km north of the coast of Venezuela, in the Caribbean Sea.

The main commercial activities are tourism and fishing, both handled cautiously for over 40 years allowing its visitors to find a healthy variety of marine fauna, seabirds and corals, making it ideal for water sports and activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing or kiteboarding, among others.

Andreina Gonzalez assures that there can’t be another place as ‘wonderful’ as Los Roques in all over the world. She is Venezuelan and she thinks that this destination is the ‘perfect description’ of paradise. ‘You have all the natural elements reunited in one place. There are no words which can describe such a perfection’.

       How to get to Los Roques?

The easiest way to get to Los Roques is by plane from the Simon Bolivar International airport located in Maiquetia, approximately 15 minutes outside Caracas by car. The flight takes only 40 min. Most of the packages include roundtrip flight, Caracas-Los Roques. Once on the island, you don’t need other means of transportation, since everything is at walking distance and boat transfer to the different islands and cays is also included the packages.

2- Bonito (Mato Grosso Do Soul, Brazil)

Bonito is one of the destinations for the nature lovers. This place is located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and it is one of the country’s award-winning destinations for eco-tourism.

The landscape is a mixture of hills crisscrossed by rivers, scrubland on top of chalk, myriad of caves, lakes and waterfalls. Bonito town itself is small and buzzy with many restaurants.

There are more than 30 tours available in and around the Bonito area. The majority of the tours are based on exploring the ecology and natural environment. Some of them include treks to waterfalls and snorkelling with a snack. For the most adventurous there is rappelling and scuba diving- and for the less so visits to the magical Lago Azul (Blue Lake) or the Lagoa Misteriosa- over 220 meters deep.

‘Bonito is just beautiful, it has lakes, beaches, so many different natural environments that you can experience the whole nature around you. This a very peaceful place and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone’. Said Camila Moret, Brazilian.

            How to get to Bonito?

Tourists can head to Bonito through Campo Grande International Airport, which is located in the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state, this airport provides links to and from all the major cities in Brazil. From Campo Grande International Airport there is the option of either taking an air-taxi or going to the city by land.

3- Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca features several beach destinations. Less upscale and resort-filled than its neighbour Huatulco, Puerto Escondido offers a laid-back vibe and lower prices. The high waves of Playa Zicatela draw surfers from around the world, while the mellower waters of Playa Carizalillo, accessible by wide stairs leading toward the soft sand and a rocky cove, invite swimmers and families. After you have your share of sand and surf, take advantage of some of the other activities the city has to offer.

Puerto Escondido. Jose Miguel Escobar/Flickr
Carolina Hernandez recommends this destination for whose are surf lovers. She is Mexican and for her, there is not another place like Puerto Escondido to unplug from the capital’s stress and experience a wonderful connection with the incredible nature that Puerto Escondido offers.
Puerto Escondido. Deodoro Carrasco/Flickr
“This is a fascinating beach and I especially enjoy seeing the international surf competition. It is definitely a worth visit. You can get there by bus or by car, it takes only  5 hours by car from Mexico City. Another advantage I would add to Playa Escondido is the access to different services for very low prices. So, If you are looking for a beautiful beach in Mexico where to practice surf with a low budget this is the place for you”.
How to get to Puerto Escondido?
 You can travel directly by plane from either Mexico City or Oaxaca city, and Puerto’s airport is a five-minute drive from the city centre. Aeromar, Interjet and Viva Aerobus provide regular service to and from Mexico City, while Aerotucan offers daily service to Oaxaca, a scenic 50-minute trip.

4- Bahia de las Aguilas, Dominican Republic.

Calm, crystal – clear water and white sand make Bahia de las Aguilas one of the most enticing beaches of the Caribbean coast. This paradisiacal destination is located near the town of Pedernales, not far from the border with Haiti.

The glorious eight-kilometre-long stretch of sand is part of Jaragua National Park, a Unesco designated natural reserve. Bahia de las Aguilas is completely undeveloped, as is the surrounding area.

Bahia de Las Aguilas. Carlos Hip/Flickr

How to get to Bahia de las Aguilas?

There is not a direct connection from Santiago Airport to Bahia de las Aguilas. You can get by car from the Cueva’s town. This road has been improved and while still being unpaved and steep in parts, it is now easy to go to the beach by any vehicle with high ground clearance or by walking a couple of miles.

5-  San Andres, Colombia.

Just 150km east of Nicaragua and some 800km northwest of mainland Colombia, the seahorse-shaped island of San Andrés is best known as Colombia’s favourite weekend getaway, where mainlanders love to come to drink, tax-free shop, sunbathe and party.

San Andres. Lucio Duarte/Flickr

San Andrés town, the focus of the action, won’t be splashed across postcards anytime soon, though it does boast an attractive beach promenade and has in recent years begun to address what might be charitably termed its beauty gap.

This tiny paradise where the influence of the English and Spanish, the pirates and the corsairs have come together to inspire a rich culture that moves to the sound of reggae. It is the perfect place to enjoy the beach, practice water sports, dive and undertake eco-tourism and on San Andrés island it’s easy to see how the influence of the Dutch, Spanish, English and Africans has led to the Islanders’ multiculturalism.

       How to get to San Andres?

Travellers can take flights from El Dorado airport, in the Colombian capital Bogota to San Andres.

6-  Playa Sirena, Cuba

This is a spectacular beach located at the western tip of Cayo Largo. This is the widest beach of the island and the only one with palm trees providing lots of natural shade. It stretches for 2 km in an area protected from the wind and surf. The sea at Playa Sirena is always calm and now is the only water sports centre on the island and guests from any hotel can use the non-motorized equipment as part of their all-inclusive package.

Playa Sirena. Juan Carlos Garcia/Flickr

Playa Sirena is also a popular spot for excursionists coming from the main island of Cuba on a day-tour, so it can get more crowded sometimes and feel more “commercial”.

How to get to Playa Sirena?

Tourist can get to this paradisiacal beach by plane from The Havana, the Cuban capital and it only takes an hour. So are you ready for this experience?

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