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Top 10 Islands In South America

  1. Ilha Grande, Brazil
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a small island  93 miles from the coast of Rio de Janeiro. About 74 square miles of the beach is covered with hidden beaches, jungles and mountains. Motorcycles are not allowed on the island. Thanks to this, you will be able to hear nature at its best on the island. Whether it’s the sound of a hummingbird or a parrot, your ears will capture everything. Ilha Grande is also a great place for hikers. The island is crisscrossed with several hiking trails which take you to stunning beaches or rushing waterfalls.

 

  1. Isla Suasi, Peru
Isla Suasi

The Isla Suasi in Peru is quite a remote island and is meant for peace lovers. The whole island can be explored on a day’s trip. The most popular attraction of the island is Lake Titicaca which gets the maximum number of tourists. You can also visit the neighboring islands of Taquile and Uros, both of which are artificial islands. They were built for the Uru people, who still live on these islands. Other options for tourists include hiking around the island, going for a boat ride or simply enjoying the peacefulness.

 

  1. Tinhare Island, Brazil
Tinhare Island

Tinhare is only accessible by a small plane, a boat, or a catamaran. The biggest tourist attraction on the island is the Morro do Sao Paulo Beach. There is also the Brazil Beach Resort which boasts of luxury accommodations and delicious food. The Morro do Sao Paulo Beach is located at a small village by the same name. The village is unique because it has no cars and no streets! It is covered with four little beaches fringed with palm trees. The beaches are simply referred to as first, second, third and fourth! The 2nd one is the favorite with both the locals and visiting tourists.

 

  1. San Andres, Colombia
San Andres Island

San Andres is an island located on the Caribbean Sea. It is situated 800 kilometers from the coast of Colombia. The island is quite popular with scuba divers who like exploring the various coral reefs. San Andres boasts of as many as 40 diving sites. It is also home to numerous beaches where the water is a wonderful mixture of lilac, green and blue. Popular tourist destinations include the islands of Santa Catalina and Providence. The locals are friendly, the coconut water delicious, and the sea breezes cool and free-flowing — ideal for a vacation. The island is also home to the UNESCO ‘Seaflower Biosphere Reserve’, which is home to several colorful species of marine life.

 

  1. Chiloe Island, Chile
Chiloe Island

There is more to Chile than Machu Picchu and multi-colored houses. The island of Chiloe is known for its hospitable people and for its beauty. It is also known for its various legends surrounding ghost ships, forest gnomes and witchcraft. The best time for visiting the island is from the months of November to April. On a clear day, you can see the snow capped peaks of the Andes from the islands.  The island is known for its 16 wooden churches. All of them have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

  1. Falkland Islands, British Overseas Territory 
Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands, although located in South America, look straight out of the Antarctic. It is scattered with rough coastlines, herds of cute penguins and snow-capped mountains. You will know that you are in the cradle of nature when your travel destination has just one traffic light! Comprised of hundreds of islands, Falkland Islands is almost the same size as that of Northern Ireland. There are also 13 endemic species of plants. Going to the Falkland Islands is like visiting Antarctica without even going over the South Pole.

 

  1. Paqueta, Brazil
Paqueta Island

Pagueta is for those who have had enough of mainland Brazil. Located just about an hour away from Brazil, the island is a paradise for hikers. No cars are allowed on the island and there are plenty of scenic hiking routes. Instead of cars, the island uses horse carts and bikes. Then there are small beautiful beaches, shops, and colonial buildings. The best time to visit Pagueta is during the ‘Festa de São Roque’ festival. It starts from August 16th and carries on for over a week. Along with music, there are lots of fireworks and colorful processions.

 

  1. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago located about 200 miles from northeastern Brazil. It is small but boasts of diverse marine animals and of absolutely clear water. The island is also popular for its beautiful tropical landscape. Formed from an extinct volcano, Fernando de Noronha is unique when it comes to tourism. Only 420 visitors are allowed at the island at one time. This is to ensure that each and every tourist gets to experience the best of the island. It is also an effort to protect the island from overflowing tourists. Fernando de Noronha is also home to the first ever national marine park of Brazil – the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

 

  1. Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island

Despite being over 3500 km west off the coast of Chile, Easter Island remains on the most popular tourist attractions in the world. This is one of the most remote islands on the planet but does not fail to have a high footfall of tourists, thanks to the massive 887 stone statues created by the native Rapa Nui people. The island was first discovered by a Dutch explorer in 1722 and so named as it was sighted on Easter Sunday. These stone statues, called moai, are scattered all over the island but the most impressive collection is at Tongariki where 15 of the moai are lined on a traditional platform, called ahu. Such is the social significance of these statues that they are protected by the Rapa Nui National Park and by the island itself being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

  1. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Island

The Galapagos Islands is well known for the various shades of blue which are visible there! While the sky is a clear bright blue, the sea water is a magnificent mix of blue and green. The Galapagos is a group of 19 islands and islets. Located about 600 miles off Ecuador, it tops the list of most travelers’ bucket lists. The islands boast of diverse wildlife and were the inspiration behind Darwin’s theory of evolution. Galapagos is also a World Heritage Site, be it the sea or the land. Giant sea tortoises and baby sea lions are in plenty at the Galapagos. As a tourist, you can get up close with several of these incredible animals.

Originally posted 2017-04-26 06:15:35.

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