Top 3 Countries to visit in South America in March 2019

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Are you planning to travel in March or looking for things to do in March? Don’t look any further than South America. Whether you are a nature lover or want to hit the beach. South America has enough in its store to satisfy your thirst for travel.

Brazil

Carnaval Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Carnaval Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The largest country in South America, Brazil is famous for its football (soccer) and its annual Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is a country of great diversity with plenty to offer including Natural wonders such as the Amazon Rainforest and impressive waterfalls, Portuguese colonial architecture in towns such as Ouro Preto and Tiradentes and fabulous beaches along the entire coastline.

Climate varies in different parts of the country. However is generally on the warmer side, making it perfect for playing outside or spending time on the beach.

Amazon Rainforest holds more than half of the world’s remaining rainforest with over half of that lying in the northern part of Brazil. The immense vastness of these forests can be judged by the fact that One in five of all the bird species in the world live in the rainforests of the Amazon, and one in five of the fish species live in Amazonian rivers and streams. (source: Wikipedia)

If you are interested in natural resources and forests don’t miss the Atlantic forests along the coast of Rio Grande do Norte. Brazil has a range of waterfalls of all sizes and shapes. Iguaçu Falls, in eastern Parana, is one of the most famous waterfalls. Other famous waterfalls are the 353-meter Cachoeira da Fumaça in Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina National Park and Caracol Falls, in Rio Grande do Sul state park.

Beaches are a big part of the Brazilian lifestyle and by visiting the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema and Copacabana, you can experience this culture first hand. However, don’t be stuck only on these beaches. Other beaches like Jericoacoara, Praia do Futuro and, Boa Vista have a lot to offer. In fact, the entire coast of Brazil is lined with beaches and there are hundreds of beaches to be explored.

Pro tip: Pack light and buy Brazilian clothes within the day of your arrival. This will make you less obvious as a tourist.
Portuguese is the official language in Brazil and no one speaks English. Be prepared with a translator app on your phone to communicate easily if you are not comfortable in Portuguese.
Word of caution: The CDC has identified Brazil as an affected area of the Zika outbreak. Pregnant women are advised to be cautious as the virus can lead to birth defects. See CDC advice to American citizens here.

Uruguay

Uruguay Montevideo
Uruguay Montevideo

The name Uruguay comes from Guarani, a language spoken by natives. It means “river of the colorful birds”. Uruguay often referred to as Switzerland of South America due to its strong and stable economy, is a country in South America. It has South Atlantic Ocean coastline on the east and shares border with Brazil in North.

When in Uruguay visiting its capital city of Montevideo is a must. Colonial homes, central plaza also called Plaza Independencia, Mercado del Puerto, the old port market with many steakhouse and waterfront are sure to leave you wanting to spend some more time in this wonderful city.

Uruguay is famous for its beach-lined coast. Don’t miss a change to Sunbath, surf and swim in the South Atlantic coast. A few famous beaches are Punta del Este, Piriapolis and La Paloma.

If you are a football (soccer) fan, watching a game between Nacional and Peñarol is a must. The fans of the two most followed teams in the country are very loud and the stadium experience is surely going to be worth your time.

Pro tip: Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina is only 5 and a half hour drive from Montevideo. Do try to visit Buenos Aires from Montevideo. You can either drive yourself, take a bus or take a ferry to go to Buenos Aires. If short on time, an overnight stay in Buenos Aires should give you sufficient time to enjoy the beauty of the Argentinian capital.

Colombia

Cali Colombia panoramic
Cali Colombia panoramic

A trip to South America is incomplete without a visit to Colombia. The diversity of landscapes and cultures that Colombia offers is second to none. Undoubtedly making the country one of the top travel destinations in the world.

The tourist season is never dull in Colombia. With many jungles, snow-capped volcanoes, rocky deserts, and, wonderful beaches, Colombia never fails to surprise you.

For history lover’s the old colonial provinces of Bogotá, Capital city of Colombia, is a delight. Cartagena is another important old city that has a lot of Spanish colonial remains.

For nightlife and music lovers head over to Cali also known as the world’s capital of salsa. Try a step or two of Salsa in Cartagena and Cali, where there are plenty of clubs and schools that teach this dance.

Pro tip: You can easily plan a single trip to visit all three Colombia, Brazil and Uruguay with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires. Try using my guide on how to book the best flight in your budget to figure out the best route. This will save you a ton of money and will make your trip memorable.

Word of caution: The CDC has identified Colombia as an affected area of the Zika outbreak. Pregnant women are advised to be cautious as the virus can lead to birth defects. See CDC advice to American citizens here.

That is my list of countries to visit in South America in March 2019. Do tell me if I missed your favorite destination on this list. I would love to hear from you. If you liked the post and think it is awesome, share the awesomeness by clicking the sharing button below the post. If you plan to visit North America, do look at my list of must-visit countries in North America in March 2019.

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8 Thoughts to “Top 3 Countries to visit in South America in March 2019”

  1. Emma

    I am traveling to Costa Rica next month. Can you please on Costa Rica.

    1. Thanks for reading my post. I will surely try to publish a post on Costa Rica soon.

  2. Gina Michael

    South America is very beautiful. Last spring we went to Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. We wanted to stay more in Argentina but we couldn’t as we spent more time in Brazil and Colombia. This year we will go again and spend most time in Argentina

    1. Thanks for reading my post. Yes Argentina is a very beautiful country. A place where you would want to go more than once. I also plan to visit it again some time this year. Do comeback and tell us about your trip to Argentina.

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