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South America

South America was made for travel and adventure. The continent is complex, contrasting, challenging and ultimately exhilerating. Wherever you pitch up, South America embraces and engulfs you, whether you fall for the pulsing rhythms, intense aromas or delicious food and drink. [See South America itinerary ideas]

Iconic cities such as Buenos Aires in Argentina, Cartagena in Colombia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil provide ideal introductions. Ancient sites such as Ciudad Perdida in Colombia and Machu Picchu in Peru offer iconic alternatives and have world-renowned treks such as the Inca Trail to walk in order to get a more intimate feel for the landscape and the cultures that once thrived here.

Outside of the urban areas, the continent boasts a wealth of natrural wonders, meaning that you're spoilt for choice, whether you explore the Amazon in Brazil, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, Kaletur Falls in Guyana, Lake Titicaca in Peru, the Pantanal in Brazil, Patagonia in Argentina or the salt pans of Uyuni in Bolivia.

With so much to see and do, your biggest challenge will be deciding what to focus on and working out how to cram as much of the continent into your itinerary as possible.

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Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


South America Travel

Argentina

Argentina is a country of seemingly endless variety. The world's eighth largest country, it stretches from its tropical north to a glacial south, the mountainous Andes in the west to the sweeping Atlantic coastline in the east. This is a land of great passion, where …

Brazil

Brazil is, right now, one of the world's most exciting travel destinations. This vast and diverse country is often described as the sexiest nation on earth and Brazilians certainly know how to have a good time - whether they're playing volleyball on the beach or dancing …

Chile

"You have to be thin in Chile," the American journalist John Gunther once said, "otherwise you fall off". But this long, thin country - 4,350 kilometres long but never more than 180 kilometres wide - is also a land of tremendous contrasts and adventures. Chile tours …

Ecuador

Ecuador is small by South American standards, but nonetheless rich in treasures - perfect for an adventure or luxury holiday. In a day you could watch the dawn break over jungle, have lunch in the high Andes, then watch the sun slip into the Pacific Ocean. The capital …

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands lie more than 1,000km from mainland Ecuador but have a reputation and place in the history of science and evolution that far exceeds their small size. Rugged and often rough, there's little vegetation or cover as the majority of islands here are …

Peru

Peru is perhaps best known as the site of the myth- and mist-shrouded Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, but it is so much more besides. The vast jungles of Peru are home to the greatest diversity of plants and wildlife on earth, the rivers to the scariest white-water …


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