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Introduction to South America

South America Travel Information and Travel Guide

Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the wilder of the Americas and a continent of superlatives.

The world's biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside Asia (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls, in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls, Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.

Besides, the work of man has also left rare gems on the continent: ruins of ancient civilizations (Machu Picchu and other Inca cities; the Moais in Easter Island) share the continent with world-class metropolises (São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Caracas, Santiago, Lima and Rio de Janeiro), outstanding modern architecture (Brasilia), European architecture (Buenos Aires), the oldest rock paintings in the Americas (at the Serra da Capivara), strong African heritage (in Salvador, Rio and Montevideo), genuine indigenous (Belém, Manaus, Cuzco, Lima, La Paz), charming cities built in the Andes (Caracas, Medellín, Quito, Santiago de Chile) and Eastern culture (São Paulo's enormous Japanese community), mingled with the fingerprints of Iberian colonizers. Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city and some of its biggest festivities, such as Rio's Carnival and Belem's Cirio de Nazaré, the Tango World Championship, and the Vendimia festival in Argentina, are also part of this incredibly diverse and attractive continent.


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South America Hotels Recommendation

InterContinental São Paulo
InterContinental São Paulo

Bela Vista, Sao Paulo


1,037 USD
Hotel Madero Buenos Aires
Hotel Madero Buenos Aires

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires


1,209 USD
Pestana Convento do Carmo
Pestana Convento do Carmo

Santo Antonio, Salvador


173 USD
Marina All Suites
Marina All Suites

Leblon, Rio De Janeiro


219 USD
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Belmond Copacabana Palace

Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro


1,940 USD
The Ritz - Carlton, Santiago
The Ritz - Carlton, Santiago

Providencia, Santiago


339 USD

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