Soaring Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coast, enigmatic Amazon jungle, cryptic archaeological ruins and cobbled colonial communities. Colombia boasts all of South America's allure, and more.
Nothing says, "Welcome to South America," like the vast lands of Peru; the three main regions are the highlands, the coast and the rainforest. Peru is the site of many ancient Andean civilizations with the most famous landmark being Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel nestled high up in the mountains. In addition to vast rural life, the capital city of Lima is buzzing with activity. Looking over the Pacific Ocean, Lima has beaches, a mixture of colonial architecture, parks and many museums. This vast country translates to paradise for the active traveler and a vibrant culture waiting to be explored.
Tiny by South American standards, Ecuador is packed with an amazing range of natural and cultural attractions; a microcosm of everything that is appealing about this fascinating continent. Tiny by South American standards, Ecuador is packed with an amazing range of natural and cultural attractions; a microcosm of everything that is appealing about this fascinating continent.
With its 6435 km long coastline, Chile has a lot to offer. From South to north, You can witness the wildness of the sea of Tierra del Fuego, the beautiful coastline of Valparaiso and the birth of the Andes until the desert of Atacama. Due to the size of the country, the climate can vary from arid to oceanic, with some more alpine areas. The cultural side of Chile offers a rich history of the Spanish colonisation. Its welcoming people and delicious cuisine should wipe way any last doubts one may have about going to Chile. In the Pacific, Easter Island has always triggered curiosity. The mystery remains, how could the first Pascuans build these huge statues thousands of years ago ?
Argentina is a unique blend of European and South American culture. This vast nation has a rich offering of cinema, theater, European architecture, literary bars, and most famously, the dance of the tango, just to name a few. Buenos Aires is a hub for Argentina’s diversity and tourism. Argentina is also known for its wine production and has vineyards all over the country that travelers can explore, with Mendoza being the capital of Malbec wine. Outdoor adventurers should not miss a chance to explore Argentina's Patagonia region as well. This majestic natural marvel is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and though the weather can be harsh, the photos and memories you come out with will be legendary.
Home to the Amazon, Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world and hosts a diverse population full of culture. Brazil is the only South American country to derive its official language from Portugal and is the largest Portuguese-speaking nation in the Americas. Brazil can be divided geographically with the Amazon river basin in the north and the Brazilian Highlands in the south. If you want a full spectacle of Brazilian culture, then you should head there for Carnival, the celebration that takes places before Easter. This celebration, in addition to soccer matches, are a great way to experience the passion of this country. But if the sounds are nature are preferable to the roar of an audience or the beat of the street music, then you should head to Brazil's beautiful beaches or vast swaths of rainforest. The nature here is unrivaled, and is home to a large percentage of the entire planet's biodiversity.