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It should come as no surprise that a continent as vast as South America contains a near infinite number of opportunities for adventure. Having limitless possibilities can prove overwhelming, though, especially during the trip planning process. I thought I’d make things a little easier for you by compiling a list of out-of-this-world experiences, all thoroughly tested for awesomeness and approved by yours truly.

Climb Mount Roraima in Venezuela

I’ll be honest with you, climbing this was probably the most physically challenging excursions I’ve ever undertaken. Was the reward worth the effort? Absolutely. This part of the world is still largely under-explored and overlooked by the average traveler, so to say you’ve stood atop one of the oldest geological formations on Earth will be an achievement few others can claim.

Tan on a nude beach in Tayrona National Park

If and when you should find yourself on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, make a beeline for Tayrona National Park. Here, you’ll find some of the most stunning, unadulterated white sand beaches for your lounging pleasure, some of which cater to the free-spirited types that prefer to go au natural.

Hiking in La Cordillera Blanca, Peru

La Cordillera Blanca, the country’s highest mountain range, is home to several peaks topping out well over 5,000 meters as well as many turquoise-hued lagoons that you’ll swear can’t possibly be real. Hiking enthusiasts will fall in love with this high-altitude playground, and even if you’re not a die-hard outdoorsman, shorter day hikes allow you to experience the mind-blowing scenery without totally wrecking your body.

Visit The World’s Largest Salt Flat

No trip to Bolivia is complete without experiencing el Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. In the rainy months (November to March) the ground is covered with a constant shallow layer of water, creating a striking mirror effect. In the dry months, you can have all kinds of fun with forced perspective photography.