Do you want to visit South America but aren’t too sure which country would suit you best?
Well, read this guide to some the best countries on this spectacular continent!
Argentina has wonderfully cultured cities and breathtaking natural landscapes. This country is so huge, you probably won’t be able to do both urban and rural in one trip, but it’s worth a try!
This country is so huge, you probably won’t be able to do both urban and rural in one trip, but it’s worth a try!
Buenos Aires, the capital city, is almost too cool for school and has numerous art galleries and exhibition spaces. It’s also a great city to see authentic Latin dancing. If you’d rather see Argentina’s rural wonders, head out to the Iguazu Falls and the Andean Salt Flats.
Peru is probably best known for being the home of the Incas. These days, some of their traditions and festivals live on in this geographically amazing country.
One of the main highlights is the Inca trail that leads to the impressive Machu Picchu. But there is so much more to this country.
Lima, the capital city, has an impressive number of museums and galleries, and its beaches are some of the best in the world for surfing.
There is lots of quirkiness waiting for you in Chile.
Head out to the sands of Atacama to get your picture taken with the Hand of the Desert and take a ride in the colorful elevators in the city of Valparaiso.
The country is also known for its wine, so there are plenty of vineyards and wineries for you to visit and sample the local tipple. A bonus: meeting new friends is always better over food and drinks.
Another of South America’s large countries, Brazil has everything you can think of.
You can take one of the Pantanal tours to see some of the country’s amazing wild animals, including leopards and jaguars. If you want a taste of Brazilian city life, then spend a while in Sao Paulo. The Sao Paulo Museum of Art is well worth a visit.
If you have time, it’s also worth hopping over to Rio de Janeiro so that you can stroll along the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.
Uruguay isn’t many people’s first thought when they are planning a trip to South America, but it is definitely worth considering.
It’s a fantastic country for food lovers, especially in Montevideo, the capital city. Make sure you try a Mate tea, one of the country’s many specialties.
When you aren’t too busy eating, head to the pretty city of Colonia del Sacramento, which many believe to be Uruguay’s top tourist attraction. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features some very old buildings and attractive architecture. The historic quarter dates back to the time of Portuguese settlers, and there are plenty of quaint shops to browse and cute cafes to enjoy a coffee or Mate tea in.
There are loads of great destinations to choose from in South America – you might even be spoiled for choice! But no matter where you go, you are guaranteed to have an awesome time!