The 15 Most Beautiful Lakes in South America You Must Visit

In a continent so defined by natural spectacle, South America’s lakes are some of the most breathtaking destinations on Earth. 

From hidden volcanic craters and calm coastal lagoons, to moonscapes framed by salt flats and flamingoes, the lakes here are as amazing as you’ll likely find anywhere. 

A trip to South America is incomplete without taking in at least one of the following lakes during your travels. Read on to discover the most beautiful lakes in South America.

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru

Straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lago Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. 



Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Framed by a Martian landscape of bare mountains under an azure sky, this endorheic salt lake feels like a place out of an Arthur C Clarke novel. 


Lake Llanquihue, Chile

Perfectly framed by the imposing Osorno Volcano to the east, the lake is one of the most picturesque places in Chile. 


Lake Argentino, Argentina

The small city of El Calafate lies on the southern shore and serves as an ideal base for exploration. 


Lake Guatapé, Colombia

Outstanding views can be had from El Peñón, a rocky inselberg that stands 200 metres above the lake on the southern shore. 

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