South America is a land of natural wonder and ancient mystique. From expansive Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro to the adobe ruins of Tambo Colorado in Peru, there is no shortage of evocative sights to behold on South American vacations. Here's a glimpse at two of the many unforgettable wonders you'll discover in South America.
Tijuca National Park in Brazil
Covering some 8,000 acres, Rio de Janeiro's Tijuca National Park is said to be the largest urban forest in the world. Emperor Dom Pedro II conceived this hand-planted rainforest in 1861 in an effort to combat deforestation. Today, visitors can reap the benefits of these efforts by venturing into the rainforest.
Lush vegetation, extraordinary animal life, and powerful waterfalls will envelope the park's trekkers as they make their way towards the world-renowned Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado. Named one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World," a trip to this Art Deco masterpiece is meaningful to all who approach it. Whether to gaze at such an impressive manmade feat or to take in the breathtaking view of Rio below, this is a cornerstone of any South American cruise.
Tambo Colorado in Peru
Neighboring Peru is home to many Incan ruins that are still intact and shouldn't be passed up. Located between the Andes and the Pacific, the fortress of Tambo Colorado is one of the best-preserved Incan ruins in Peru. The location of the fortress made it ideal for local administrators who needed to keep track of who and what was passing between the coast and mountains. Visitors today will still be able to see the remains of homes, offices, stores, and barracks. Several outer walls remain as well — some of them with traces of the colored paints that made this a vibrant place of commerce during the height of the Inca Empire. On your visit to Pisco, Tambo Colorado and several other significant Incan sites can all be explored on a guided tour.
South American cruises are a great way to enjoy the modern amenities of world-class cities while having a unique opportunity to look through a window to the past. Between strolls through Pisco and Rio de Janeiro, take some time out to explore these invaluable treasures.