South America


Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Ocean, the mystic continent of South America offers many alternative travel experiences and destinations. You can choose between the continent’s highly populated western and eastern coasts or the sparsely inhabited interior and the far south.

Natural wonders

Traveling through its twelve countries, you may find an insufficient transportation system, or sometimes no road at all, like Darian Gap between Panama and Columbia, but it pays off with the intact natural beauty. South Ame...

Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Ocean, the mystic continent of South America offers many alternative travel experiences and destinations. You can choose between the continent’s highly populated western and eastern coasts or the sparsely inhabited interior and the far south.

Natural wonders

Traveling through its twelve countries, you may find an insufficient transportation system, or sometimes no road at all, like Darian Gap between Panama and Columbia, but it pays off with the intact natural beauty. South America is one of the most biodiverse continents on earth. It is home to a wide variety of fascinating and unique species of animals including the llama, Anaconda, Vicuña, and Tapir. The Amazon rainforest, the largest rainforest on Earth, possesses a major proportion of Earth species.

You can travel across eight countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana through this remarkable ecosystem which is often described as ‘larger than life’. Canoeing down the Amazon river, but you will see no bridges and cars in the area – just the sounds of primeval nature cuddling highly protected species, like the Pink River Dolphin. The abundance of wilderness here is what makes the Amazon such an ideal vacation destination.

Under the veil of mystery

South America offers numerous spots where you can dive into the multifaceted adventures and activities that the continent has to offer. Pay a visit to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu high in the Andean Mountains in Peru with its sophisticated dry-stone walls. From there, you should continue to the Sacred Valley, another part of the former heart of the Inca Empire. While you are at it, don’t miss the chance to visit the Atacama Desert west of the Andes mountains, one of the driest places on earth, or Angel Falls in Venezuela, and at least one of the many famous national parks dotted throughout the continent such as Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Parque Nacional Canaima, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Flamboyant life of the cities

Most visitors won’t resist the vibrant atmosphere of the cities – Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina, Santiago de Chile, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range, or Rio de Janeiro, with an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city, the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches – glowing, energetic meeting points of social life that truly reflect the Latin American spirit.

Through the vivid mixture

Traveling across Brazil and the three South American regions – The Andean States, the Guianas, and the Southern Cone, you will come across the cultural and ethnic mixture of  European conquerors and immigrants with indigenous peoples among which the Inca civilization is probably the most famous one. Today, South Americans are mostly Christians. You will hear people speaking mainly Portuguese or Spanish, but also Dutch, English, and other European languages, as well as several native ones.

Depending on your destination, you might experience quite different weather. You will typically enjoy a humid and warm tropical climate, except for the highest points of the Andean region, where temperatures can be compared to the ones of the Norwegian fjords, and the Atacama Desert, with daily highs of 40oC and very cold nights. While enjoying Ceviche, Empanadas, Cazuela de Llama, or other tasteful dishes, you will listen to the lively sounds of the rich variety of South American music – samba, bossa nova, tango, rumba, and salsa.

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