When I speak to any nature loving backpackers, I always like to recommend South America as a destination. This is a continent of astonishing and varied natural beauty, including some of the most amazing waterfalls that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Some of these are in South America’s more remote areas - this adds to their magic and makes them hidden gems that many backpackers are unaware of. |
Therefore, I think that independent travel is the best way to explore this continent. It is guranteed to offer you plenty of unique adventures. Independent travel around this area may be intimidating to some, but with thorough planning, a comprehensive South America travel insurance policy and a keen sense of adventure, you are sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. When making your itinerary, be sure to include these breathtaking waterfalls.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
A truly outstanding sight where the water appears to cascade from the heavens, Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall on Earth. The water begins its staggering 979m descent from a tabletop mountain that is covered in thick rainforest, all the way down the side of the mountain until it crashes into the base and trickles down to the bottom. A key part of Angel Falls’ mysterious charm is the fact that it is incredibly remote and hard to reach - this makes the payoff of finally seeing the epic waterfall that much sweeter. Many people reach the base by boat as there is no road access, and they then stay the night at the atmospheric campsite found at the base.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
The immense power and height of Kaieteur Falls will make any spectator feel a little unsteady, but it is a magnificent sight and another one that is “off the beaten path” in comparison to other South American attractions. Located deep in the untouched Guyana rainforest, Kaieteur Falls is four times higher than Niagra Falls. It is a splinter of the gigantic Potaro River - this is a 100m wide river that runs for 140 miles to create a powerful stream that falls 250m off the cliff. I recommend a hike up to the top, as this will allow you to immerse yourself within Guyana’s beautiful rainforests before taking in the awesome views of the waterfall.
Salto Grande, Patagonia
Located in the stunning Torres del Paine National Park, this wonderful waterfall is the type of setting that you thought only existed on postcards. The water has a beautiful pale blue colour thanks to the water coming from the melting glacial waters, with the epic Mount Paine looming in the background and vibrant green plantlife lining the waterfall. It may not be the highest by any stretch, but it is remarkably powerful and you will certainly feel this when you get up close. It is the amazing setting that makes this one of my all-time favourites. Be sure to give yourself enough time in the park and remember to take your camera!
As these breathtaking waterfalls are in more remote regions, I urge you to carefully plan your trip and carry out plenty of research on how to get there and back. As with any type of travel, it is imperative that you organise South America travel insurance well in advance of your trip. It is important that you make the most out of your adventure, but equally, you need to stay safe and be covered in case something happens. Contact the team today to arrange your South America travel insurance or to learn more about the outstanding waterfalls.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, family and annual travel insurance for those planning to travel for business or leisure. If you're looking for the best deal on South America travel insurance or policies for Europe, Asia, USA, Australia and anywhere else in the world, InsureMore can help. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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