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Highlights of South America

The continent of South America contains incredibly dynamic and diverse culture and terrain. From the snow-capped Andes to the Amazon Rain Forest, active volcanoes, and alpine forests, travelers seeking adventure will have a once in a lifetime experience. The diverse culture ranges from Indigenous peoples that still farm on the rural highlands like their Incan ancestors to major international metropolises. Listed below are some of the top highlights of South America, including two of the most exciting cities, Argentina's European-influenced Buenos Aires, the beautiful and lively Rio, and the majestic Iguazu Falls.

An old square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Best Cities
Explore some of the most exciting and beautiful cities in South America, from the vibrant beach culture of Rio, to the lively tango-obsessed Buenos Aires, to the mystic Cusco and its ancient Incan Empire.
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Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina
Best Excursions
Discover some of the most stunning scenery and amazing natural wonders of the world on these exciting adventures. The sights will leave you breathless and with once in a lifetime memories.
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Guanacos resting in the fields near Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile
Best Beaches
South America is a unique destination for beach vacations as the seasons on the continent are reversed from those in the US and Europe. That means that beaches in South America are accessible during winter months.
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Guanacos resting in the fields near Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile
Best Wildlife
For the wildlife enthusiast, South America offers a great setting for such adventures. Much of the area is still largely undeveloped, making it a safe haven for exotic animals and plants.
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The Cathedral in Cusco, Peru
Best Colonial Monuments
South America has a rich history and the colonial monuments that our found on the continent are beautiful attractions and highlights of any trip to the region.
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Locals working at a Peru street fair
Best Street Fairs and Festivals
The people of South America traditional gather at town squares and other locales to shop, communicate and even dance. Visiting local fairs and festivals is an unforgettable experience.
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The Best Regions of South America

The Beautiful view of Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu
Discover the mysterious lost city of the Incas and get a glimpse of one of the first great ancient civilizations. The site is found high in the mountains of Peru overlooking the Urubamba River.
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Igauzu Falls between Argentina and Brazil
Iguazu Falls
The world's most spectacular waterfalls are at the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Explore one of the most powerful single waterfalls in the world at Garganta del Diablo and trek through the lush rainforests of the National Park.
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Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier
Take a boat trip through Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier and see the magnificent moving glaciers, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world. Trekkers can also take a five-hour trip through the forests and go on an ice walk using crampons.
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Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Torres de Paine
This gem of Chile is found in the far south of Patagonia. Trekkers and mountaineers will find themselves in a pristine wonderland of glaciers, alpine forests, and discover the steep slopes and jagged stone precipices of the Torres de Paine that pierce the sky at a height of 2,000m.
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The rare birds of the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
Ecuador's most famous destination is situated in the Atlantic Ocean 1,000km east of the coast. In addition to its abundance of rare and unusual animals, its beautiful white-sand beaches and colorful coral reefs make it a paradise for snorkeling and swimming.
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Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel in Amazonia, Brazil
The Amazon
Take a boat ride down the Amazon River and see over 15,000 different species of animals, including colorful macaws and illusive jaguars that inhabit the largest rain forest on the planet.
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The diverse wildlife of the Pantanal in Brazil
The Pantanal
In the wetlands of the Pantanal, the visitor explores the greatest wildlife South America has to offer. Stay at a nature lodge, and take unforgettable excursions into the wild.
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