Ideal destinations in South America to connect with nature

With an area of ​​10,582 square kilometers on the Altiplano, Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert in the world.

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Before the start of 2022, Booking.com interviewed more than 24,000 people in 31 countries, including Colombia, to find out what travel trends for next year. At the time, 78% of Colombians said that travel helped mental and emotional well-being more than other forms of rest and relaxation.

But with the period of closed borders between countries and strict requirements due to the covid-19 pandemic, almost three-quarters (61%) of those surveyed in the country say they do not realize how important it is to travel for Mental health until they were no longer an option.

Therefore, the travel platform Booking.com shares four recommendations for traveling to neighboring countries.

1. Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

The largest salt flat in the world has already become popular among Latin American tourists, and anyone who hasn’t been can’t stop walking. Located in Uyuni, the site is over 10,000 km² and is about 3,500 meters above sea level. Besides being an important tourist center for the region and attracting people due to its mystique, it is a source of minerals such as lithium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

Although most travelers avoid rainy periods to start a trip, in Salar de Uyuni this season has its advantages. Just when it rains, the salt field turns into the world’s largest mirror, with indescribable beauty. The best time in this case would be between December and March and the tour will result in amazing photos with an endless horizon and an impressive sunset. But you should be alert: getting to Salar de Uyuni has its challenges and it is important to be guided by trusted people and companies.

To make the accommodation quiet and unforgettable, the tourist can choose the Hotel de Sal Luna Salada, an isolated refuge on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, conceived almost entirely in salt. There, guests can enjoy a spectacular view from every window of the hotel.

2. Machu Picchu, Peru

The destination of Machu Picchu, Peru is considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world and attracts many eyes and desires for travel due to the curiosity that the place evokes. It wasn’t until 1911 that American archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered the citadel, built by the Incas around 1450, as the site had been abandoned and forgotten – he tells the story that Emperor Pachacutec wanted to build a religious sanctuary and royal residence there for himself and his family.

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In 1983, the region became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and currently hosts approximately 1.5 million people from around the world each year.

To visit the place, a tourist needs to consider various aspects such as its location, altitude, travel time, mode of transport and weather, among others. Where to stay Inkaterra Hotel Machu Picchu Pueblo is part of a pioneer network in sustainable tourism in Peru (another sustainable travel label accommodation) and is located in Aguas Calientes, on the way to the final destination, which is a great opportunity to the passenger..

3. Punta del Este, Uruguay

It is precisely because it is located in the extreme southeast of Uruguay that Punta del Este gets its name. The city is located on a long peninsula of sand, forests and rocks and is one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in the country.

The mild climate, with temperatures of 25 to 32 degrees in summer, attracts tourists looking for fun, socializing and, who knows, even a good flirt. Access to the city is very easy as it is only 130 km from the capital Montevideo and has a modern transport system that includes airports, a marina, buses and taxis. You can even reach the destination by car from Brazil: Punta del Este is only 225 km from Chui, in Rio Grande do Sul.

Live Hotel Boutique is an adults-only accommodation in an intimate setting surrounded by nature. This is a multi-room stay with a relaxed profile, for those who want to relax and have fun for two or with friends.

4. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Discovered in 1535 and originally called the Enchanted Islands, the Galapagos Islands are heaven on Earth. The place, which has 13 main islands, 5 middle islands and 215 islets and is home to marine species and exotic birds, was declared a natural heritage site in 1978 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). It was there in 1835 that the famous English naturalist Charles Darwin fell in love with the place and used it as a natural laboratory.

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To visit the destination, tourists should be aware of the seasons, as the busiest periods are between mid-June and early September and mid-December to the beginning of the second half of January, times when the United States and European countries enact their school holidays.

To stay, after Playa La Estación, Playa Los Alemanes and Bahía Tortuga, you’ll find the Acacia Galapagos Boutique Hotel, a charming accommodation in this destination’s natural climate – and which also has the seal of sustainable travel.

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