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Before we write about Travel South America, I must remind you that we are talking about a huge continent that covers half of the World’s Western Hemisphere.

In South America there are many countries. The majority are Spanish Speaking countries, Brazil is the only Portuguese speaking one and a few small countries on the north of the continent speak Dutch in Surinam, former Netherlands Guyana, English in Guyana formerly British and French in Cayenne, still a French possession.

Let me address the most important destinations in the picturesque continent which are detailed in the next pages.

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The Obelisk is a symbol of Buenos Aires Argentina

The Obelisk is a symbol of Buenos Aires Argentina

Argentina Tourism

The capital city of Argentina is Buenos Aires, probably your first stop on a trip to this large South American country. The city has been called the Paris of the Americas, because it is known that Buenos Aires was built based on the plan of the city of Paris. Anything good said about this city is true.

Its boulevards and avenues crossing the city east to west and north to south were built with the future in mind. They are wide and long, making it a great city to walk. Places to visit include Avenida Nueve de Julio, the widest avenue in the world with the famous Independence Obelisk on the crossing with Calle Corrientes another important artery.

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Plaza de Mayo with the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires Argentina

Plaza de Mayo with the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires Argentina

Plaza de Mayo

Visit the Plaza de Mayo in front of the Casa Rosada or Pink House, residence of the President. Visit Teatro Colon and watch a play or concert if anything is showing while you are there. Stroll through the shopping streets of Florida and Santa Fe. Visit La Boca neighborhood with its colorful houses and buildings remembering the times when the tango started to reign in Argentina.

But Buenos Aires is just the beginning. This country offers, the vast Patagonia stretching all the way to the Magellan Straits in front of Antarctica reaching the city of Ushuaia. On the west of Patagonia before reaching the Andes mountains and the Province of Mendoza, neighboring Chile, visit San Carlos de Bariloche with its amazing views and the many lakes of the region.

Before leaving Argentina make sure you visit Mar del Plata, east of the capital and maybe fly to Iguazu Falls and view the falls from the Brazilian side.

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The statue of Christ at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The statue of Christ at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil Tourism

The largest and most populated country of South America, Portuguese speaking Brazil is a giant of tourism, and maybe a giant of many other things. It is today one of the important countries of the world.

Its capital is Brasilia that was built in the 1960s, to replace Rio de Janeiro, the former capital. Brasilia is a modern city with many wide avenues, monuments and all the offices of the federal Government of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro is for an article all by itself. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but at the same time there is lots of poverty in its streets, making it somewhat dangerous. Hopefully the authorities are taking care of it. Rio features two very important sites.

The Corcovado Mountain with the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top, from where the view is just mind boggling; and the Pão de Açúcar that dominates the entrance to the bay.

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Copacabana Brazil is one of the Top Beaches of the World

Copacabana Brazil is one of the Top Beaches of the World

Rio de Janeiro Beaches

And the most important feature of Rio is the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, where the action is for everybody. The young and the not so young have a great time in Rio.

São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, in South America and one of the biggest of the world. It’s like a New York in Portuguese with many attractions like any non-stop city that never sleeps.

The waterfalls of Iguazu are also a must destination, but you may leave it for your trip to Argentina a little further down.

Pehoe Lake in Torres del Paine Chile

Pehoe Lake in Torres del Paine Chile

Chile Tourism

The Republic of Chile is located on the southwestern corner of South America and borders Argentina and Bolivia on the east and Peru on the north.

The capital city of Santiago de Chile is a busy city with lots of progress. If you were in Santiago many years ago, you wouldn’t recognize the city today. Since the country’s economy is the best of South America, it shows in its capital.

When in Chile try the Chilean wines, some of the best in the world and needless to say that a country with such a long shoreline is a heaven for seafood and fish lovers.

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The Presidential Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago de Chile

The Presidential Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago de Chile

In the capital Santiago de Chile visit:

  • Plaza de Armas, the center and heart of Santiago with colonial buildings and the Cathedral.
  • Palacio de La Moneda, the residence of the President of Chile
  • Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, spanning 4,500 years and about 80 pre-Colombian civilizations of South America
  • Cerro San Cristóbal is a 860meter high hill jutting out of the city and on a clear day affords magnificent views of the surroundings and across to the Andes.
  • El Tatio Geysers in San Pedro de Atacama is one of the world's highest geyser fields. Best viewed at sunrise when there are changes in atmospheric pressure, the steaming fumaroles are spectacular.
  • Parque Nacional Chiloé in the Isla Grande de Chiloé the visitor will find an isolated but wildly beautiful assortment of rolling hills, native forests and pristine coastline.
  • Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia is the pride and joy of southern Chile. The park takes its name after the towering granite pillars that rise over 2,000meters above the Patagonian plains.
  • Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael in the Chilean Patagonia, created in 1959, the park covers an area 17,420 sq km and includes the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. It has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Admission: Ch$3,000 (adults), Ch$1,000 (children)
  • Castro on the Isla Grande de Chiloé is famous for its colorful rows of stilted houses lining the estuaries, excellent seafood and traditional handicrafts.
  • Puerto Montt in the the Lake District is the embarkation point for stunning cruises to the fjords of the glacial Chilean coastline and is the gateway to the island of Chiloé and Chilean Patagonia.

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Bolivia Tourism

Bolivia a landlocked South American country is a picturesque country with many sites and colors for the tourist that likes to go a little further. Visit one of the natural wonders of the world, the Salar de Uyuni and sail on the Titicaca Lake that is shared with neighboring Peru.

Peru Tourism

Besides the capital city of Lima, la Ciudad de los Palacios, or the city of palaces, the most important and world-renowned site to visit in Peru are the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu on top of the Andes. Go to the city of Cuzco and from there take an excursion to one of the wonders of the world.

Ecuador Tourism

The capital city of Quito is a lovely town right where the line of the Equator passes. Guayaquil on the Pacific Ocean is a busy port servicing the whole country.

But the # 1 attraction of Ecuador is its Galapagos Islands. The islands are and important habitat of many rare species and is visited by thousands of tourists year-round.

Colombia Tourism

Colombia is blessed with shorelines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which are quite different. In the Caribbean side a visit to Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta is a must. The capital city of Bogota is a cosmopolitan world capital with lots to offer to tourism. The inland cities of Cali and Medellin each one has its own charm. In summary Colombia is a friendly country with lots of mountains and vegetation.

Map of Travel South America

Map of Travel South America

There are many other countries to Travel South America that are described in other pages of this website. For example:

  • Uruguay
  • Paraguay
  • Venezuela
  • Surinam
  • Guyana

For more information visit South America Tourism Website

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