1. Travel
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Top 10 Popular Cities in South America

By

These cities in South America are popular because in many cases they are points of entry, capital cities, representative of their countries or distinctive for particular attractions. Each has its own charm and ambiance.

1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Skyline
Jeremy Woodhouse/Digital Vision/Getty Images
Big, sprawling Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is cosmopolitan and yet retains a neighborhood feel in the barrios. Sightseeing, nightlife, including the sensual tango, is a must in this sophisticated city.

2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Truly a cidade maravilhosa, Rio is spectacularly located, and to live up to the scenery, cariocas and visitors enjoy a vivid lifestyle nestled between fabulous beaches and rainforested hills.

3. Santiago, Chile

Chile's capital city is cosmopolitan, the financial, cultural, and political center of the country. It's graced with tree-lined streets, parks, distinctive neighborhoods, ample assortment of restaurants and hotels. In addition to its own attractions, Santiago is near ski resorts, beach resorts and the ideal base for excursions into the Central Valley and either extreme of Chile.

4. Sao Paulo, Brazil

The city is South America's largest, Brazil's center of trade and industry. Paulistanos work hard and play hard. Here are some of the things you'll enjoy when you visit São Paulo.

5. Bogota, Colombia

Nestled high in the Andes at 2620 m. (8646 ft), Santafé de Bogotá is a city of contrasts. It's a city of highrise buildings standing next to colonial churches; a city of universities and theaters. It is a mixture of influences, Spanish and English and Indian.

6. Lima, Peru

Lima is called the City of Kings for the day it was founded. A vastly important colonial city, Lima now suffers many of the ills of modern cities, but visitors who rush through it on the way to Peru's other attractions are missing a wealth of history and culture.

7. Caracas, Venezuela

Venezuela's capital and largest city is the center of commerce, culture, economics and the base for touring the country's attractions, including Angel Falls and the llanos.

8. Cartagena, Colombia

The old walled city and fortress repelled invaders and pirates in its early days. Now it welcomes visitors to its colonial charm, energetic nightlife and nearby attractions.

9. Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador's capital is a mix of colonial history and modern enterprise, a city at the middle of the world, and a delight to visitors. Tour the city, then venture out on the PanAmerican Highway, north and south.

10. Salvador, Brazil

Impressions of this lively city include Candomble, Baina do Acarages, the water, streets, Cairinhas, architecture and lots of beach time.
  1. About.com
  2. Travel
  3. South America Travel
  4. Popular Destinations
  5. Top 10 Most Popular Cities in South America

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.