South America: green rainforests, mighty mountains, and beaches like paradise. We show you the most beautiful approaches to the sea – from Colombia to Argentina.
1 – Copacabana, Brazil
It starts with a real classic in South America: the beach in the Copacabana district of Rio de Janeiro. Here is also the legendary beach kiosk Posto 6 (on the border with Ipanema), where the locals not only meet to chat but also to play cards or board. Sun-seekers cavort in large numbers on the four-kilometer-long strip of sand. If you like it a little more lonely, you can start with a real classic: the beach in the Copacabana district of Rio de Janeiro. Sun-seekers cavort in large numbers on the four-kilometer-long strip of sand.
2 – Margarita Island, Venezuela
If you like it a little more lonely, you might like this beach on Isla Margarita. The Caribbean island is northeast of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, and can be reached by ferry or plane. For a longer stay, there is also a range of hotel and accommodation options.
3 – Crab Bay, Colombia
At best, an airplane could land on the water here: This beach, called “ Crab Bay, “belongs to the island of San Andrés and thus to Colombia – a good one-and-a-half-hour flight from the capital Bogota. San Andrés is home to the third largest coral reef in the world and is, therefore, also a dream destination for divers.
4 – Arpoador Beach, Brazil
Surfers, on the other hand, should feel more comfortable here: The Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the background, you can see the Pedra da Gavea and the peaks of the “Two Brothers.”
5 – Brava Beach, Uruguay
Elevations of a different kind can be found at Punta del Este in Uruguay: a sculpture made of fingers rises from the sand masses. Brava Beach is nicknamed the “Pearl of Uruguay” because of its fantastic conditions and the wonderfully blue, shiny sea.
6 – Ipanema, Brazil
Not quite as famous as Copacabana, but still spectacular: Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is also bustling with activity. There is always something to see from the cafes on the promenade, beach bars, and restaurants. The name of the beach section means something like “turbulent water.”
7 – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
The Brazilian archipelago Fernando de Noronha is of volcanic origin and is located about 350 kilometers east of the mainland. Colorful flora and fauna could grow undisturbed here with coral reefs and tropical bird species. The islands are, therefore, only accessible to a limited extent and to a few visitors.
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8 – Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
No less picturesque: the beach in the car-free town of Morro de São Paulo. The insider tip for your next trip is on the island Ilha de Tinharé in the Brazilian state of Bahia. For the journey, you can choose between a ferry and a catamaran.
9 – Los Roques, Venezuela
This deserted beach in Los Roques, Venezuela, looks even more lonely and paradisiacal. Located 168 kilometers north of the capital Caracas, the waters surrounding the archipelago are known for their spectacularly rich shades of blue.
10 – Piriapolis, Uruguay
Spectacularly purple, meanwhile, is this nocturnal view of the city of Piriapolis in Uruguay. Only an hour away from the capital Montevideo, the residents of Piriapolis can look forward to 25 kilometers of sandy beaches in front of their gates – a special luxury.
11 – Praia Joao Fernandes, Brazil
In general, city beaches are, of course, a double-edged sword: the human dwellings do not always fit into the picture as well as here on Praia Joao Fernandes in the Brazilian city of Bùzios near Rio de Janeiro.
12 – Leblon, Brazil
The Leblon beach section in Rio de Janeiro, not far from Bùzios, is much more densely built-up. Things are a bit more exclusive and quiet here than in Ipanema or Copacabana. In addition to places to stop for refreshments, there are boutiques and design shops.
13 – Monte Leon National Park, Argentina
A stark contrast to the crowded beaches of Rio. The caves and sandstone grottos of Monte Leon National Park in Argentina. Established in 2014, the park is home to penguins, whales, sea lions, and other marine and coastal wildlife. The Argentine province of Santa Cruz, in which the park is located, is bordered by Chile to the west and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east.
14 – Tayrona National Park, Colombia
The palm beach of the Tayrona National Park in Colombia is varied. The park near Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast is one of the most visited parks in the country and is also home to a rainforest.
15 – Playa Medina, Venezuela
Turquoise water on the white sandy beach and adjacent lush greenery – an unbeatable combination for a dream vacation. Seen here at Playa Medina on the Paria Peninsula in the extreme north of Venezuela.
16 – Atlanticida, Uruguay
The seaside resort of Atlántida in Uruguay is located in the south of the country near the capital Montevideo. Here the Atlantic is often rough and pristine. Sometimes whales can even be observed here.
17 – Costa Verde, Brazil
The name gives it away: the lush green coastline of Costa Verde is not far from Rio. Lush rainforests and mountains dot the backdrop, and on the horizon lie several islands in the sparkling sea.
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