South America: A travel guide

An incredibly diverse continent with plenty to explore.

Ipanema Beach — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (image: Pixabay)

South America offers travellers some spectacular adventures — from the Amazon rainforest, the beaches, the mountains, the history and culture.

Here is a quick guide to some of the key destinations:

Argentina

  • A surprisingly big country, Argentina’s highlights include the Iguazu Falls, the peaks of the Andes, and the Patagonian plains.
  • Buenos Aires is probably your starting point, but Cordoba, Salta, Mendoza, and Bariloche are all worth exploring.

Brazil

  • Brazil dominates South America — with its rainforests and beaches.
  • Rio de Janeiro is going to be high on your list of must-sees, immerse yourself in the samba clubs of the favelas.

Colombia

  • For many years Colombia was seen as one of the world’s hot-spots for all the wrong reasons. Today however things seem a lot calmer and you can throw yourself into Bogota, the jungle, the archaeological ruins, or simply enjoy the Caribbean coastline.

Venezuela

  • Venezuela is currently in the news as political unrest continues to grip the country.
  • Probably best avoided by international travellers until some of the pressing domestic issues have been resolved.

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