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Countries and Capitals of South America
Capital cities, population, maps and world fact book information for the countries and territories of South America
Do You Need an Outlet Adapter in South America?
Wondering about electricity in South America and if you need an outlet adapter? Here's a quick and easy guide to outlets and electricity in South America.
10 Must-See Destinations in South America
Top travel sites to visit in South America
Carnaval in Venezuela
Venezuela celebrates the carnaval, or carnival, festivities with dance, music, balloons, family festivities, lavish costumes and parades and a great deal of joy.
Cuy - Traditional Andean Entree: Description...
Visitors to the Andean regions might turn up their noses at being served cuy, or guinea pig, but this is a traditional entree and served a number of ways, but almost always with a spicy, pepper sauce and potoates or rice. Try it - you just might like it!
When to Go to South America
Suggestions for when to travel to take advantage of the climate and seasons for your business trip or vacation in and around the countries of South America.
10 Most Popular Cities in South America
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.
Passport and Visa Information
Countries in South America requiring passports and or visas. Information compiled for South America for Visitors
All About the Celebration of Día de la...
Columbus Day, Native American Day and Dia de la Raza commemorate the exploration, colonization and multi-cultural and multi-ethnic heritage of the Americas.
Carnaval!
Carnival locations and information for Rio de Janeiro and other cities in Brazil, plus Carnaval festivities in Bolivia, Colombia and other countries of South America.
Don't Miss the Floating Islands of Peru's Lake...
The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca are the home of the Uros, who consider themselves the owners of the lake and its waters. Traditionally fishermen and weavers, they now include tourism as a mainstay as visitors to the lake enjoy the sensation of walking on a floating layer of reeds.
Top 10 Largest Cities of South America
The cities mentioned on this list are South America's largest, either by size, population or both. It's not surprising that Brazil, South America's largest country has five cities listed. Not all cities are tourist destinations, but each has its own attractions, history and sightseeing opportunities.
Cuisine of Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and...
The cuisine of Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and Suriname enjoys both a tropical Caribbean flavor and the influence of many countries and heritages.
A Tourist's Guide to Inti Raymi, Cuzco's...
Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is the annual recreation of an important Inca ceremony and brings multitudes of visitors to Cuzco, Peru for a week of festivities culminating in the day long, elaborately costumed parade and celebrations at the nearby fortess of Sacsayhuamán.
Surfers Weigh in on the Best Places to Surf in...
The best surfing spots in South America
Everything a Tourist Needs to Know About...
Colombia's capital, Bogota is a city of contrasts. A rich colonial heritage, stunning architecture and scenic beauty abound in this modern city, filled with museums, churches and social activity.
Top 8 Things to Do and See in Cartagena, Colombia
The Colombian city is a popular resort and attraction you can spend several days in. This list shows the best nightlife, beaches, and churches it has to offer.
Overview of visas, reciprocity fees and...
An overview of the visa requirements and fees for entering and exiting South American countries
Niagara Falls Has Nothing on South America's...
Iguazu Falls is one of the top destinations in South America. Taller than Niagara Falls, the water level rises and falls with the season, but the spectacular Devil's Throat with its high flying plume of spray is always a thrill.
Carnaval in Bolivia
The devil dance in Oruro is traditional and unforgettable, featuring hundreds of devils in monstrous costumes. You'll want to see this one!
A Tourist's Guide to the Beaches of Chile
With almost 3000 miles of coastline, there are hundreds of beaches, coves and inlets for swimming, diving, surfing, windsurfing and sea fishing.
Meet the Cowboys of Argentina, Uruguay, and...
Wherever you have cattle and cattle ranches, you have people on horseback tending to them. In Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil, they're the gauchos of myth and lore, a larger than life vital part of folklore and modern life.
The Festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria
Celebrate the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria on February 2 in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela
Should I Go To The Amazon?
Should I Go To The Amazon? (This quiz is from AMAZON UP CLOSE , written by PAMELA BLOOM, HUNTER PUBLISHING
Facts and Background on Georgetown, Guyana
Georgetown, Guyana isn't on the top destination list of many travelers, but the touches of whimsy in the Dutch and English colonial architecture, the mixtures of cultures and cuisines, plus the opportunity to visit the interior, an ecotourist's dream of tropical jungle, savannas teeming with wildlife and spectacular Kaieteur Falls, is something to consider.
Top 5 Popular Cities in Colombia
These popular cities highlight two of Colombia's most scenic areas, the coasts on the Pacific and the Caribbean, and the Andes. Colonial charm, modern cities and beach resorts with access to archeological ruins add to visitor's delight.
Dangerous Places That You Should Visit in South...
South America makes for a vibrant and wild vacation but it also requires a bit more precaution, discover the most dangerous cities in South America.
The 5 Most Popular Cities in Chile
These popular cities showcase Chile's varied geography from the sere Atacama Desert in the north, through the lush central zone to the lakes and fjords of the far south, with a sidetrip to an isolated island in the Pacific.
6 Most Popular Cities in Argentina
These popular cities in Argentina attract business and leisure travelers for their variety of attractions, sports activities, fabulous scenery, charm and business and recreational facilities.
Cities of Colombia Map
Click on a city name on this map of Colombia to find extensive resources for lodging, sightseeing, geography, history, art, culture, sports, recreation and more. Bonnie Hamre is your expert guide to South America.
Cities of Brazil Map
Click on a city name on this map of Brazil to find extensive resources for lodging, sightseeing, geography, history, art, culture, sports, recreation and more.
The Best Cities for Night Life in South America
Nightlife in South America is diverse from large clubs in Sao Paulo to bonfires in Ecuador, check out the top 5 cities to party in South America.
Don't Miss These Great Dishes in Paraguay
Traditional food in Paraguay was not influenced by the indigenous people but in fact colonial powers. Here's a comprehensive list of typical food in Paraguay.
Top 9 Train Trips Best for Sightseeing
Long distance and train travel between South American countries is a thing of the past, but local passenger and sightseeing train trips are still available, and in many cases, an attraction in themselves. Some are for fun only, others are a viable way to travel.
The best UNESCO sites in South America
Travel to the top UNESCO sites in South America. Here are our picks for UNESCO World Heritage Sites you cannot miss.
Learn About the Coffee of South America
Your next latte, expresso, cafe au lait, or plain cup of coffee might just have come from South America, one of the world's producers of fine coffee.
Cartagena, Colombia
Exploring Cartagena's must-see places and things to do, including Ciudad Amarullada, the walled city, Convento de la Popa, Bocagrande, museums, and side trips to Santa Marta, Ciudad Perdida and Parque Nacional Tayrona.
All About Travel to Córdoba, Argentina
Learn more about the city known as the Heartland of Argentina, Córdoba, which retains its colonial history blended with a modern tourism industry.
Learn What's Special about Christmas in Peru
Christmas traditions in Peru. South America Travel.
Getting the Most From Your Trip to the 'City of...
Lima is called the City of Kings for the day it was founded. A vastly important colonial city, Lima now suffers 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 that summarizes and defines the rest of the nation.
Monkeys of South and Central America
Common monkeys found in the tropical or rain forest areas of South and Central America are howlers, capuchins, tamarinds and owl monkeys.
Peru Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Peru
Tapati Rapa Nui Festival of Easter Island
Easter Island's Tapati Rapa Nui Festival is a mix of carnival type activiries, sports, theatrical presentations and homage to the island, also known as Rapa Nui.
5 Things Not to Do in South America
There are many ways to enjoy South America, but do not make these 5 mistakes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa, is one of Brazil's most spectacular cities for it scenery, beauty, climate, lifestyle, beaches, beautiful people, Carnaval, festivals, and international acclaim.
8 Cool Things You Don't Want to Miss in...
Called the jewel of South America, Cartagena is more than just the gateway to great beaches, check out the best things to do in Cartagena.
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Colombia
Colombia is the only country in South America with coasts on the Pacific and Caribbean. It's a spectacularly beautiful country, with the Andes, beaches, colonial cities and archaeological treasures to delight the business or leisure traveler.
What to Do if Your Passport is Stolen in South...
One of the biggest fears is to have a passport stolen in South America, if it happens to you here's what you need to do.
Heading to Quito? Check out the best museums in...
Some of the best museums in Ecuador are in Quito, check out our picks for the ones you cannot miss.
South American Trivia
The countries of South America hold an astonishing number of world records for biggest, longest and highest. Keep these facts and figures handy and amaze your friends with your knowledge of South America
Wildlife of South America
The wildlife of South America is abundant, lush, many specied and a treat to wildlife photographers, birders, adventure explorers. Many are facing extinction.
Chapada Diamantina - Brazil's "Lost World"
Chapada Diamantina National Park in Brazil's Bahia state is called the Lost World, compared to the Grand Canyon and to Jurassic Park landscape, but the region stands on its own for the fantastic rock formations, rivers and waterfalls, and a vast underground river system that creates astonishingly beautiful caves that attract divers and spelunkers all year around.
Discover Colombia's Best Beaches
Discover the best beaches in Colombia
The Glaciers of Argentina
Background and location information about the 47 major glaciers, including Perito Moreno, the only one in the world still growing.
Colca Canyon, Peru Travel Guide
Colca Canyon is not as well visited as other natural wonders of Peru, but it is home to the great condors and reportedly deeper than the USA's Grand Canyon.
San Andres, Colombia - Vacation Tips
Its location, closer to Nicaragua and Jamaica, offers a relaxing attraction away from the potential dangers of mainland Colombia.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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.
Visit La Araucania in Chile's Lake District
Chile's Lake District has been likened to Switzerland, but the spectacular arrangement of lakes, volcanos, rivers and waterfalls stand on their own.
5 Most Popular Brazilian Cities
These popular cities share something in common: they are all excellent examples of Brazil's varied regions, attractions and culture in large cities and favorite beach resorts.
Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia
Rather than samba, salsa resounds through the streets of Barranquilla when parades and music gather thousands together to frolic until they drop.
Parrillada Mixta - Recipes and Variations
A mixed grill is an international favorite, and particularly popular in Argentina, where beef is king, as well as in other South American countries.
La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, one of the two capitals of Bolivia, nicknamed the city that touches the clouds, is one of the highest cities on earth and the center of Bolivian legislative government, culture and tourism.
Traveling to Vina del Mar, Chile
Attractions, things to do and see in Vina del Mar, Chile's premiere seaside resort include beaches, sunbathing, the Municipal Casino, lively nightlife, sports, tennis, musical productions and fine dining.
Cali, Colombia Travel Guide
Cali is Colombia's third largest city and a center for sugar and coffee industry. It enjoys terrific nightlife in the salsotecas, and visitors enjoy the historic center as well as excursions into the surrounding areas for sugar baron haciendas and the prime archaeological sites of San Augustin and Tierradentro.
Otavalo, Ecuador - Famous Market and Fiesta del...
Otavalo, home to one of the most famous markets in South America, is also the site of September's Fiesta del Yamor, a two-week celebration of thanksgiving.
Barranquilla’s Carnival an event to...
Billed as the second largest carnival in South America, the grand parade of Barranquilla’s carnival has it all - group after group of folkloric dancers and singers wearing colorful costumes; very unique floats (or carriages as the locals call them); and finally, a cast of characters that may be unmatched anywhere in the world.
Top 5 Kite Surfing Spots In South America
Learn all the best places locals go kite surfing in South America.
Semana Santa in Colombia and Venezuela
n Colombia, the most famous Semana Santa celebrations take place in Popayán and Mompox, where the Spanish colonial forces built six churches and a chapel, all used in the Semana Santa observations. In Venezuela, there are similar processions, the re-enactments of the Last Days and the triumphant joy of Domingo de Resurrección.
Baños, Ecuador - Volcanos, Miracles and...
High in the Ecuadorian Andes, the small town of Banos attracts pilgrims, volcanologists, hikers, climbers, bikers, rafters,and tourists eager to enjoy the pleasant climate.
The Glaciers in Patagonia, Argentina
This feature by guest author Marita Alisal spotlights Perito Moreno, the most famous glacier, and some of the sightseeing possibilities in Argentine Patagonia.
When is the best time to visit Peru? The answer...
When is the best time to visit Peru? The answer is surprising!
Machu Picchu - Lost City of the Incas Photo...
Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru, with good reason. The ruins stand atop a steep mountain overlooking the Urubamba river far below, and raise questions archaeologists and historians are still asking. Enjoy these photos of the site.
The Unexplored North - Peru Travel Itinerary
Many people skip Northern Peru and head straight to Lima, here is a two week itinerary on what to see in Northern Peru
Santiago de 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.
Arica, Chile
Arica is Chile's northernmost city, a duty-free oasis and the gateway to archaeological and natural wonders in Lauca National Park, the geoglyphs at Putre, and the high altitude lake Chungara.
Get Inspired by South American Poets
Get inspired to travel with these South American Poets
Earthquakes and South America
Over one million earthquakes happen worldwide every year. Some are so slight they are unfelt, others last for minutes that seem like forever and can cause major changes in the landscape. Many of these earthquakes happen in South America, due to the Nazca and South American plates of the circum-Pacific belt. The world's largest earthquake, a 9.5, occurred in Chile in 1960.
Sloths of South America
The world’s slowest moving mammal, sloths are tree dwellers, carrying out most of their activities hanging upside down in trees. They eat, sleep, mate, give birth, and tend their young suspended over the ground. It takes them about two and half years to grow to full size, between one and a half and two and a half feet.
Quito, Ecuador - World Heritage City
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 to visit Otavalo, Ibarra, Cotacachi and Tulcán, then on to Latacunga, Ambato and Baños.
Emeralds of Colombia
Mined for centuries before the Spaniards arrived, Colombian emeralds are prized now as they were then. They're often more valuable than diamonds!
What Makes Christmas So Special in Argentina?
Christmas Traditions in Argentina
Montevideo - Things to Do and See in Uruguay's...
Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is a charming, cosmopolitan city, offering the visitor a taste of colonial days in the Ciudad Vieja, or old city, a choice of sandy beaches, nightlife, cultural and artistic events and a pleasant climate.
Cuisine of South America
The cuisine of South America stems from cultural backgrounds, available produce foods and cooking styles. You'll find local favorites varying from country to country, even within regions, but you'll also find international favorites and the ubiquitous fast food places.
The Seven Natural Wonders of South America
The great natural wonders in South America
Don't Go to the Olympics in Rio Without Reading...
Heading to Brazil? Don't miss our tips to watch the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu
The Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu was used to honor and celebrate Inti, the Sun, an important Incan deity. Learn how to need to visit them. Page 8.
A Lover's Bucket List: The Best Places to Kiss...
Taking a vacation with a loved one? Here are the most romantic places in South America.
Only have two weeks in Colombia: Here's the...
How to spend two weeks travelling Colombia.
Medellin, Colombia
Medellin is the capital of Antioquia department in Colombia and enjoys a temperate climate that gives the city the names of The Land of Eternal Spring and Capital of The Flowers.
People of South America
Photos of people living in South America, at work, at leisure, at play.
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Caracas, Venezuela
Many people pass through Caracas, Venezuela on their way to other destinations, such as Angel Falls, Margarita Island or Los Roques. However, the sprawling city, a mix of modern highrises and development as well as a colonial and historic center around the Plaza Bolivar is well worth adding a day or two to your itinerary.
Why You Should Go to Santa Marta Colombia
Santa Marta Colombia was the first Spanish settlement. Located on the coast, it boasts great beaches and access to Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta national parks, plus the famed lost city of the Taironas.
You'll Want to Visit Colombia After Reading This
With the changing reputation of Colombia there is no better time to visit. Check out our top 5 reasons to visit Colombia.
Things to Do and See in Lima, Peru
Lima is more than a city to rush through on your way to other destinations in Peru. It is a city rich in culture and things to do and see. Here you can tour the museums displaying the history and anthrologogy of the past, the richness of the Inca empire, the many regional varieties of the country, plus enjoy the neighboring beaches and sports, plus a zoo where you can see many of the country's wildlife up close. Enjoy Lima!
The Best Beaches in Ecuador
Discover Ecuador's coastline and the top beaches in the country.
Concepcion, Chile
Concepcion, familiarly called Conce, is Chile's second largest city. Located on the southern coast on the Bio Bio river, it's an important commercial and educational city. With parks, natural scenery, forests, lakes, wildlife and birding in close proximity, it's a good place to begin your tour of Chile's Lake District.
Top 10 Things to Do in Recife
The attractions of Recife are becoming known to more travelers and include beaches, art and entertainment, cultural heritage, and side trips to Olinda.
Peru Travel Guide by Season
If you are considering a trip to Peru, especially Cusco, use this seasonal guide for the best months of the year to suit your travel interests.
7 Best Places to Celebrate Carnival
One of the biggest parties in the world, don't miss out on our picks for where to celebrate Carnival in South America.
Cities of Ecuador Map
Click on a city name on this map of Ecuador to find extensive resources for lodging, sightseeing, geography, history, art, culture, sports, recreation and more. Bonnie Hamre is your expert guide to South America.
Argentina Homework Helper
Useful facts and information for students of all ages who want to learn more about Argentina, the country and its people, includes history, geography, maps, languages, flags, national anthem, flower, places and related facts.
The 10 highest mountains in Ecuador are over...
Over ten Ecuador mountains are 5000m+ check out which ones are safe to hike when traveling in Ecuador.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Suriname
While Suriname is the smallest country in South America, it has many facts that will surprise you.
Llaneros - Cowboys of Colombia and Venezuela
Llaneros, the cowboys of Colombia and Venezuela, are called the first cowboys of South America. Skilled horsemen, they are venerated in folklore and literature, and their music and skills are popularized throughout the llanos, the vast savannahs of northern South America.
Bolivia Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Bolivia from Bonnie Hamre
Tour Devil's Island in French Guiana - Photo...
The three Iles du Salut (Islands of Salvation or Health), off the coast of French Guiana are lush, tropical isles of abundant foliage, great views and open to visitors. Once however, they were the site of the infamous Devil's Island penal colony, called the Green Hell. Ile Royale is now a resort destination for visitors to French Guiana.
The Best Beaches To Party In South America
South America is home to amazing beaches, check out which ones host the best parties in South America.
Great Reasons to Spend Christmas in Bolivia
Christmas in Bolivia is much different than many countries in the world. Learn why there are no Christmas trees but plenty of firecrackers.
Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Esmeraldas, long accessible only by sea, is now a commercial and tourism destination with white sand beaches, ecological reserves, and direct access to Quito, Cuenca and other inland Ecuadorian cities.
Celebrate Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia
Many think of carnaval in South America in Rio de Janeiro, but the Colombian city of Barranquilla has a vibrant carnaval that is worth celebrating.
Sports and Recreation in Argentina
Sports and Recreational facilities in Argentina include trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, nature observation, golf, skiing, fishing, polo, horseback riding, mountaineering, kayaking, racing, diving, sailing and more!
7 Tips You Need to Know to Avoid Getting Robbed...
Brazil may have a reputation for being more dangerous than other countries but with these safety tips for Brazil you can have a great vacation.
Things to Do and See in Ushuaia, Argentina
On Beagle Channel, surrounded by water, sky and mountains, Ushuaia calls itself the End of the World. As the closest city to Antarctica, the city is a hub for Antarctic touring and navigating the Strait of Magellan. Cruise ships dock here for a quick onshore visit. Summer is ideal for trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, sporting fishing and the most astounding tours along the Beagle Canal, Cape Horn and even the Argentine Antártida.
Alturas de Machu Picchu
Alturas de Machu Picchu (The Heights of Machu Picchu) is a description, with pictures, of a visit, historical background, a photo gallery, and a quote from Pablo Neruda, from guest author Clarence Fisk's Chronicles of a Chilean in..., written in Spanish.
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Rio
There are a tremendous number of things to do and enjoy in Rio, some internationally famous like the beaches, Corcovado, carnaval, Sugar Loaf, and others less well known, like a natural reserve within the city limits, architectural beauties and monuments to heros. Explore Rio.
Machu Picchu: Sun Clock - Intihuatana
Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru, with good reason. The ruins stand atop a steep mountain overlooking the Urubamba river far below, and raise questions archaeologists and historians are still asking. Enjoy these photos of the site, including this view of the Sun Clock, used in astronomical observations as well as more mundane time telling. Page 9.
Things to Do and See in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Home to more than 17 million people, Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America and Brazil's bustling economic and financial center. Waves of immigration brought a mix of cultures and cuisines reflected in the restaurants, many theatres, opera and dance companies. Nightlife is all night. The city hosts trade shows, congress and symposiums with ease.
How to Spend 24 Hours in Lima
Peru's Capital City is a hub for culture and entertainment, find out what to do in Lima in only 24 hours.
Things To Do and See in Quito, Ecuador
Enclosed by mountains, Quito, named a World Heritage site, is divided into five zones. The most frequented by visitors are North, where you'll find the modern city, business, restaurants and hotels; Central-North, famed for the nightlife; and the Historical Center, also called Old Town. The South and Valleys areas also have their attractions.
Don't Miss Out on the Best Things to Do in...
Thanks to Machu Picchu this is one of South America's most famous cities, discover what to do in Cuzco, Peru.
Cuzco, Capital of the Inca Empire
Cuzco, Capital of the Inca Empire, has both historical and cultural significance. As the hub of tourism for Machu Picchu, Ollytantambo, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, Cusco offers archaeological sites, colonial charm and up to date facilities for the visitor.
Heading to Medellin? Here are the best salsa...
Medellin, Colombia is famous for its nightlife, check out the best salsa clubs in Medellin to dance the night away.
Semana Santa in South America
Semana Santa, Holy Week, is the most important religious festival in South America. The most famous are the week long in Peru, Cuasimodo in Chile and others in Popyan, Colombia, Cracas, Venezuela and Ouro Preto, Brazil.
Pisco
Pisco is the almost national drink in Peru and Chile. First created in Peru, now it's the subject of intense discussion between Peru and Chile: who owns the appelation rights? Some people don't care, they simply enjoy the product!
Discover Colombia's Beautiful Coffee Triangle
Learn everything you need to know about the Coffee Triangle, one of the most popular regions in Colombia.
The Mennonites of Paraguay
These immigrants from Canada, Russia and Germany have created productive farms, dairy farms and cattle ranches, as well as a tourist attraction, in the midst of the thorny Chaco.
Machu Picchu seen from Huayna Picchu
Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru, with good reason. The ruins stand atop a steep mountain overlooking the Urubamba river far below, and raise questions archaeologists and historians are still asking. Enjoy these photos of the site, including this view of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu. Page 7.
Ultimate Guide to Traveling Through South America
Traveling through South America is becoming the top of every seasoned traveler's bucket list. Here's what you need to know before you go.
Top 10 Greatest Natural Wonders of South America
Spectacular South America boasts so many marvels of landscape, wildlife, geographic formations and natural wonders that it is hard to narrow the list to only these attractions, among the top destinations of South America.
Cities of Peru Map
Click on a city name on this map of Peru to find extensive resources for lodging, sightseeing, geography, history, art, culture, sports, recreation and more. Bonnie Hamre is your expert guide to South America.
Top Picks for Music from South America -...
Popular music from South America includes selections from old favorites, new trends and various popular artists, including Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Jaci Velasques, Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Carlos Ponce, Luis Miguel, and Shakira.
Paracas and the Islas Ballestas of Peru
Paracas, and the Ballestas islands are often called Galapagos of Peru. The area offers fantastic wildlife viewing of birds and marine animals, plus a look at the ancient Paracas culture.
Don't Miss Out on Ecuador's Beautiful Coastline
Located on the coast, Manta Ecuador is a popular city for locals and tourists alike. Discover how to get there and what to do while you're there.
Huasos - The Chilean Cowboy
Like the gauchos, the Chilean huasos are skilled horsemen, honing their skills daily. Over the years, the huaso has come to signify much of the Chilean folkloric culture, and he is a vital part of parades, fiestas, and holidays.
Orinoco River
Between 1,500 to 1,700 mi long, Venezuela's river runs the length of the country, and is home to most of the indigenous population as well as tourism and the country's largest growing economic sector.
Cities and Countries of South America
Image map to extensive South American city and country information from your guide to the wonders of South America
Spas and Hot Springs of South America
Think of a spa vacation, either on its own or as part of your next trip to South America. Relax with a full service spa resort, or dip into a mountain hot springs after a day of trekking, hiking, climbing or biking. Aah...
Machu Picchu - City in the Clouds
Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru, with good reason. The ruins stand atop a steep mountain overlooking the Urubamba river far below, and raise questions archaeologists and historians are still asking. Enjoy these photos of the site. Page 5.
An Overview Of The Bus And Coach System In...
The bus system in Ecuador is not as complicated as it seems, but there are a few things you need to know to easily travel in Ecuador.
Smart Tips to Stay Safe in South America
South America can be considered as safe as traveling through European countries but you should consider these safety tips for South America.
Lima, Peru
Illsutrated resources about Lima, Peru.
Coastal Resorts of Uruguay
With miles of great beaches, tourists flock to the Uruguayan Riviera, to the resorts at Punta del Este, Maldonado, Rocha and Piriapolis.
Salto Angel - Angel Falls Photo Gallery
At 979 meters (3230 feet) with an uninterrupted drop of 807 meters (2663 ft), Angel Falls is sixteen times the height of Niagara Falls. Located in Venezuela's Canaima National Park, the falls are best viewed, and appreciated, from the air. Here's a sampling of the awesome falls.
Piriápolis, Uruguay
Developed before Punta del Este along the lines of a European spa resort, Piriápolis attracts visitors for its excellent beaches, lively nightlife, recreational facilities and relaxed vacation lifestyle.
Simon Bolivar, El Libertador
This hero of the Latin American wars of independence died discouraged that his efforts were in vain. Revered today as South America's great liberator, his political principles are the basis for the Bolivarian Movement and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Argentina's Independence Day - July 9
Argentina celebrates Independence Day on July 9, the day in which the Acta de la Declaración de la Independencia Argentina, the proclamation declaring independence from Spain was signed in Tucuman, one of Argentina's oldest cities.
The Whales of Patagonia, Argentina
Between May and December, Southern Whales go to Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José in Argentina's Peninsula Valdes to mate. This feature by guest author Marita Alisal tells us about excursions to see the whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life.
Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ilhabela, in the state of Sao Paulo, on Brazil's largest maritime island, a rain forest ecological reserve, with miles of pristine beaches, spectacular waterfalls and mountain views, and is popular for both land and sea sports and recreation.
In Search of the Perfect Empanada
These Latin American pastries, filled with seafood, meat, cheese, vegetables or fruit are wildly popular. Check out these recipes, or send in your choice for the perfect empanada.
The Floating Reed Islands of Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is the highest lake in the Americas and the cradle of Incan civilization. Bordered by Peru and Bolivia, the lake has sustained life for thousands of centuries and still beckons visitors intrigued by the mystical and mythological properties of the area.

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