Going out on the town for a good night is a great way to see a part of a city's culture that you wouldn't normally get to see by just visiting the sights, and there are some great places in South America for those looking to party. Whether you are looking for massive club nights with the world's best DJ's, dancing venues or places with a laid back vibe, there are plenty of cities across the continent worth visiting.
Here are some of the most popular destinations for those looking for excellent nightlife in South America.
Known as the Paris of South America, few tourists realize just what a large city Buenos Aires really is - in fact it's only second to Sao Paulo. This means there are plenty of neighborhoods with great hotels, restaurants and shopping. Yet each have their own sense of character and can be quite far from what you want to see in the city.
To make sure you choose the right neighborhood check out where to stay in Buenos Aires.
The district of Palermo is a largely residential district that has long been considered an area where many of the city's most successful and wealthy residents live. One of the most distinct aspects of the identity of the Palermo district is that it tends to be much greener than the rest of the city, while it also has fewer high rise apartment blocks. Palermo is an area that shows off the best of Buenos Aires, from the trendy restaurants and bars through to the luxurious homes and hotels seen around the district.
Learn more about the Palermo neighborhood in Buenos Aires.
When it comes to picking out great islands on which to spend your honeymoon, South America has a variety of destinations to choose from, boasting superb beaches, luxury accommodation and the peace and tranquility you would expect from a honeymoon destination.
The majority of the top destinations are located towards the northern end of the continent where the weather is generally more favorable, and the chances of enjoying sun drenched days on golden beaches are better. But even in the southern regions, like in Uruguay, you can find the perfect beach for a cozy honeymoon.
Check out our picks for a honeymoon in South America.
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As the largest city in Ecuador, many people fly into Guayaquil and do their best to leave the city immediately. Others often skip the city all together. While some parts of the city can be quite industrial, there are also plenty of things worth doing. The best part is that most of them can be done in 24 hours! Check out the best of what to do in Guayaquil.
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Peru is certainly one of the most exciting culinary destinations in South America. The Peruvian coast offers great fishing and means that there is plenty of good seafood on offer, while up into the Andes the traditional dishes of the mountains are quite different, while the Amazon offers some unique tastes to try. There are a wide range of different foods to try in Peru, but here are five great foods that really offer some spectacular flavors prepared in very different ways.
Discover what to eat in Peru.
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The Peruvian capital is a fascinating and attractive place to visit, and one of the most popular districts to explore for visitors is Miraflores. The district played an important part in the War of the Pacific at the end of the nineteenth century, where many of the defenses of the city were located, which is why the area is also often referred to as the 'Ciudad Heroica', the Heroic City. Miraflores offers a great blend of attractions for visitors, as it boasts a great beach, historic sites and a cosmopolitan and interesting urban area to visit.
Find out more about the Miraflores neighborhood in Lima.
South America has a long coastline, and from Chile which stretches down to the south to the warm coastlines of Ecuador and Colombia, it offers a great variety of different sea conditions. One of the sports that has found a home in several sites around this coastline is kite surfing, which is an exciting combination of surfing and paragliding, and the best sites combine stunning golden beaches with a good breeze and waves to suit the kite surfing style.
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Barranco is a district of Lima that has grown in popularity among visitors over recent years, and offers a quirky and interesting look at the alternative culture that can be seen in Peru. To the south of the upmarket Miraflores district, Barranco has a reputation for being the cultural heart of Lima, with plenty of bars and cafes frequented by artists and students, along with a lively night life. The district also has a wealth of history and interesting places to visit too, while the beaches are among the most popular places to relax and unwind in the city. Read more about Lima's Bohemian Neighborhood.
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There are few debates and disputes that can divide people as much as those between two neighboring countries, and in terms of the creation of the pisco sour, this can often be as bitter as the angostura bitters that are found in the Peruvian version of the cocktail.
In most cases people will automatically assume that the drink is originally from Peru, as pisco itself is a liqueur named after the Peruvian port of Pisco. However, the invention of the cocktail is another matter, and every year on the first weekend of February both countries celebrate the cocktail which has become the national drink of both Peru and Chile, and again debates the origins of the tasty mixture.
Find out who invented pisco sour here.