South America

Breathtaking in so many ways, South America offers an exciting combination of unique destinations, fascinating cultures and a mesmerizing range of adventure activities. Just being on this vibrant continent is a thrill!

From natural Patagonia to the lively beat of Buenos Aires; the majesty of the Andes to the magnificence of the Amazon region, South America offers an incomparable range of destinations each with its own unusual features.

When it comes to natural wonders, this is a continent of superlatives:

  • World's most unique 'living museum and showcase of evolution' (The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador)
  • World's southernmost cape at the tip of a continent (Cape Horn, Chile)
  • World's highest waterfall (Angel Falls, Venezuela)
  • World's largest tropical rainforest with unparalleled biodiversity (the Amazon Basin, Brazil)   
  • World's largest Magellanic Penguin Colony (Punto Tombo, Argentina)
  • World's largest urban forest (Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • World's longest continental mountain range (The Andes in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela)
  • World's largest tropical wetland area  (The Pantanal, Brazil)
  • World's highest navigable lake  (Lake Titicaca, on the border of Peru and Bolivia)

Easy to see why you are spoilt for choice when choosing an unusual adventure destination in South America, there are so many unspoiled and remote areas; must see places with much to offer the active and inquisitive traveler.

For more on adventure options, see this month's Top Ten List of Thrilling Adventure Activities in South America and the Insider article on Brazil.

However, there's more than outdoor adventure to thrill you on this continent! There are many cultures to stretch your imagination, from the indigenous Indians of the Amazon to the pre-Incan Uros who live on floating islands in Lake Titicaca.

The cosmopolitan cities of South America are also distinctive with their own exciting vibe and fascinating historic, artistic and cultural sights to experience. Dance the tango in Buenos Aires, marvel at the Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, be inspired by Inca treasures in Lima and take a food, market and wine tasting tour in Santiago. These wonderful cities also make great starting points for further exploration of each fascinating South American country.

Such an impressive slate of places to visit and exciting things to experience! South America is a must see destination for those wanting one-of-a-kind vacation experiences.

The Andes. | Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela



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