Some of the world's best golfers have origins in South America, with several players on the PGA Tour boasting South American heritage. One of the attractions of South America that is often overlooked is the excellent range of golf courses that is on offer on the continent, ranging from modern courses designed by some of the best modern course designers, through to historic golf clubs that have been making the most of the local terrain for decades.
With the Andes running down much of the Chilean interior, there are plenty of places in the high mountains where visitors can go to enjoy excellent snowboarding. Ranging from fun pipes and terrain parks to steep slopes where it is possible to carry plenty of speed, and with slopes suitable for beginners and intermediate snowboarders as well as experts, there is plenty of choice available too.
Rio is a city that can often seem to be completely obsessed with soccer, and in many ways, that observation is an accurate look at the attitudes of many people living in the city. However, to dismiss Rio as a city that is all about soccer and nothing else is a great mistake, and with its reputation as a city that likes to party, it is a popular destination for all kinds of other reasons.
For those who want to get a taste of Brazil, but aren't into soccer, then here are a few things to do in Rio.
With the Andes mountains running down much of South America, it is no surprise to see that South America is home to several great ski resorts, which are to be found in Chile and Argentina. Bolivia was once home to a ski resort at Chacaltaya, but whether it is due to global warming or other factors, there is no longer enough snow present on a regular basis to recommend it as a skiing destination.
However, there is plenty of powder to be enjoyed in Chile and Argentina, and here are some of the best places to go skiing in South America.
Argentina is a country that isn't generally known for its beaches, but while it may not have the palm tree lined golden expanses of the Caribbean, it does have some very nice places to visit along the 3,100 mile length of its South Atlantic coastline.
From busy coastal towns which draw visitors from Buenos Aires to quiet and beautiful beaches further south, exploring Argentina's beaches will reveal some beautiful hidden gems and some remarkable sights. Discover the best beaches in Argentina.
South America's terrain is some of the most spectacular in the world, and when it comes to mountains, there is certainly no shortage of beautiful places to climb. Whether you are looking for an impressive hike to an attractive viewpoint, or are an experienced climber looking for some really challenging climbing, there are plenty of options to choose from.
The Andes is probably the most famous mountain range in South America running down much of the continent, and here are six suggestions for those looking for inspiration. Read more about where to hike in South America.