South America is a popular tourist destination due to its astonishing landscapes, forests, beaches, historical sites, and natural parks. As such, it is the perfect travel destination for most anyone, whether you like nature, wildlife, architecture, or sunbathing. If you want to visit strange and unusual places, this continent also has weird tourist destinations (like anywhere else around the world). You just need to know where to look for them. Well, look no further than Malorie’s Adventures! Here are our recommendations on the weirdest places to see in South America.
1. Cono de Arita, Argentina
Argentina is home to some of the most astonishing natural formations. It was also the home of one of my favorite people, Evita Peron. But let’s move past Buenos Aires and more into the country. In Cono de Arita, you will see a volcano that resembles a pyramid. A lot of people hypothesize about its unique shape. According to some archeological clues and legends, this natural formation was used as a ceremonial site before the Incas arrived.
Unfortunately, reaching this wonderful place is not easy. Before you can reach it, traverse bumpy roads and the Arizano Salt Flat stand in your way. Even so, all your efforts will be worth it because the Cono de Arita offers a magnificent, unique, and particularly strange view.
2. Caño Cristales, Colombia
One of the weirdest places in South America is the Caño Cristales. To be specific, this tourist destination is the most colorful river on Earth. Its rainbow of hues is produced by the different plant, rock, and mineral deposits in the area. However, its rainbow color is only visible during a short period between the wet and dry seasons. Most of the time, this river has a pale green color. Plus, it is located in a remote area of Colombia. As such, before you go to this wonderful place, you will need to do some serious planning.
3. Vinicunca, Peru
Most of the time, when people think of Peru, the first thing that comes to their minds is Machu Picchu. However, this country has a lot of breathtaking places, including the Vinicunca. To be specific, this place is known as the rainbow mountain because it is covered with different colors, such as yellow, pink, pastel blue, intense red, and green. Up until today, the reason for its rainbow color is still a mystery. Still, you can enjoy its magnificent color all year round.
Keep in mind that it will take a lot of effort to reach this place, so you need to be physically fit. Plus, it will take about six days to hike to this mountain, so it’s an event in itself to see this gorgeous natural phenomenon. Even so, all your efforts will be worth it when you can see this natural rainbow in person.
Overall, these are some of the weirdest places in South America. Although most of these tourist destinations are filled with mystery, they offer a magnificent view on the world. In fact, most travelers who have visited these places have noted that they were one of the most marvelous experiences of their lives.