An internship in Latin America is fantastic because you gain a lot of experience. You get to meet great people and you learn what it is like to deal with a different culture. Moreover, you go to the most beautiful continent in the world, making it difficult to choose where you should go to in your holidays. Here you will find the top 10 destinations in Latin America.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Wow! If you have already looked around a bit to the most beautiful place in Latin America, you will certainly have come across the enormous salt flats in Bolivia. With 12,000 m2 kilometers, Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. A saltwater lake called Lago Minchin evaporated and the minerals remain on the dry soil. This has happened so often that a salt layer of more than 10 meters thick has formed. In the dry season, the plain is completely smooth, but in the wet season it is covered with a thin layer of water that causes the reflection.
If you are doing an internship in Latin America, it is definitely worth adding this to your bucket list. The reflection gives an incredibly beautiful experience and is ideal to make your friends jealous by posting a photo on Instagram.
Perito Moreno, Argetina
In the National Park Los Glaciares in the south of Argentina you can admire the most beautiful glacier of Latin America. A breathtaking view of the 60 meter high ice wall is certainly worth being in your top 10 destinations in Latin America. To make it even more beautiful, you can sail along the blue glacier by boat. After a week of hard work at your internship you can cool off here by enjoying the beautiful nature.
Because the earth warms up the glacier shifts 1 to 2 meters per day. You will hear the creaking ice blocks that are sliding over each other and regularly hear large pieces of ice falling apart making an incredible noise. However, the glacier does not shrink. In the summer months the ice chunks as big as houses are falling with terrifying natural violence in the green waters of Lake Argentino. In the winter the glacier grows again with two meters a day. This is very special, as there are few glaciers today that do not shrink due to climate change.
Machu Picchu, Peru
What cannot be missing from the list of most beautiful places in Latin America is the deserted city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Prepare yourself for one of the most special places you will encounter in your life. The majestic city lies at 7 km above sea level on a small hill between the Andes mountains and was only discovered in 1911. That is why it is called the ‘Lost City’.
Mountaineers, students and early explorers describe the experience as magical. The perfect view over the mountains gives every visitor goose bumps from top to bottom. If you want to escape the busy life, a day of enjoying the green paradise in the clouds is the best way!
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
If you are still looking for why Latin America is the place to be, you are here at the right place. The beautiful sunset, the huge statue Christ the Redeemer and a breathtaking view of the city with the gondola.
Rio de Janerio definitely belongs to the top 10 destinations in Latin America and the bustling city is the most visited place in the Southern Hemisphere. This is no coincidence. The temperature is always good and the cooling breeze on the coastline comes from the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In Rio de Janeiro there are a lot of things to do that should definitely be on your ‘try before you die’ list. If you are not afraid of heights then the cable car on the Sugarloaf Mountain is a must for a spectacular view over the city. After a long day walking around the beautiful city you can laze on the banks of Ipanema Beach over one of the many other beaches that the city is famous for. Is baking on the beach not quite your thing? Then the sea with high surf waves offers enough entertainment! Brazil is known for the large rainforests, such as the Amazon. Rio De Janeiro itself also has the wild rain forests where a number of hiking trails give you access to the beautiful flora and fauna of the country.
Angel Falls, Venezuala
An internship in Latin America is only really cool if you also take the time to travel. Despite the fact that Venezuela is not very strong economically, it does have a beautiful nature.
The Angel Falls is the pride of the population. The waterfall is no less than 15 times larger than the Niagara Falls with a height of 52 meters. The national park consists of 3 million hectares and is Venezuela’s second largest nature reserve and the fifth largest in the world.
The waterfall is named after Jimmy Angel, an adventurous pilot from the United States. He first discovered the waterfall in 1933 when he and his wife were searching for the legendary McCracken River of Gold. 4 years later he returned with his wife and a friend when they had to make an emergency landing at the top of the Auyantepui national park. The plane reached the place safely but stayed there for 33 years until it was cleared. Jimmy and his two companions descended and returned to the civilized world by walking through the jungle for 11 days. What a story! Jimmy ma men!
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. They are one of the most popular islands in the world and are commonly found in a list of top 10 destinations in Latin America. That is not without a reason.
The friendly animal kingdom with playful sea lions and giant sea turtles makes every student melt. Penguins, marine iguanas and various bird species can all be seen and approached. You have never been so close to nature as you will be here.
Because the islands are isolated, nature has unique animal species, such as the blue foot gent and the Galapagos land iguana. It is also the perfect place to discover the underwater world by taking a dip in the adventurous waters. With adventurous I mean hammerheads, whale sharks and eagle rays. A rare opportunity to mark many things off your bucket list.
You can also go on an adventure by walking along the edge of an active volcano or by braving the water on a kayak.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
In the Latin of the Andes in Chile lies the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. The area is one of the most impressive places in Latin America with beautiful views over forests, rivers, lakes and fjords. Are you a real adventurer? Put on your hiking shoes because this is going to be awesome!
Torres del Paine means the ‘towers of blue’. The area has three immensely large rocks that characterize the area. Many visitors come here to admire this, but once they arrive they discover that there are many more beautiful things to see. To experience everything of the beautiful landscape you will have to walk, ride, sail and drive a bit with your car, but the reward is unbelievable. Walking on the edges of the glaciers, sunset and a beautiful view of the area.
With one foot in the Middle American jungle and the other in the Caribbean sea. Belize is a small country you may not have heard of, but it is certainly a nice place to travel if you are doing your internship in Latin America.
In the interior, many national parks are home to almost 570 different animal species. Visitors who go on an adventure in the jungle regularly spot many species of monkeys, iguanas and toucans. What else do you want!
Belize is also the land of the mysterious population of the ancient Maya. The area is rich in ancient archaeological sites that descend from the Maya from 250 to 1000 years BC. When you take the high steps up and reach the top you often have a 360 degree view of the jungle.
Would you like to dive in the Blue Hole, zip-lining through the jungle, abseiling waterfalls or do you want to crawl through old caves? Belize is your perfect travel destination. The Belize Barrier Reef is after Australia the largest in the world with more than 100 species of coral and 500 different tropical fish. You really come home with a story after your internship in Latin America if you can visit this place in the top 10 destinations in Latin America.
The village on the Caribbean Sea is a good place to start your journey in Colombia. Cartagena is the most visited place in Colombia and many visitors come back here. Experience the fairytale city of romance, legends and historical culture and enjoy the nice atmosphere, the beautiful weather and the many terraces in the city.
It is the ideal place to walk through the maze of alleyways with balconies covered with flowers. If you are traveling alone, Cartagena is a good place to get to know other people and discover the breathtaking country together.
Tulum – Mexico
The last place in the top 10 destinations in Latin America is Tulum. Mexico is the land of great food, beautiful beaches and friendly people. Life really starts here. Many visitors go to Cancun, but if you really want to discover the unprecedented beauty of the country, you should travel to the slightly more southern Tulum.
Besides the fact that the village of Tulum has a lot of influences from the Maya culture, the village also has many other charms. The nice restaurants, the nice weather and the white beaches are amazing. Ideal to relax for a week and to become completely ‘zen’. In Tulum you can not count on a telephone signal or Wifi, so you can become one with the paradise. Of course you can go crazy at nightclubs and end the night with a cocktail on the beach.
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