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South America Travel: Most Popular Articles

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10 Must-See Destinations in South America
Top travel sites to visit in South America
Countries and Capitals of South America
Capital cities, population, maps and world fact book information for the countries and territories of South America
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.
Do You Need an Outlet Adapter in South America?
A reader asks what kind of adapter do they need to travel in South America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cuy - A Traditional Andean Entree
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Places to Surf in South America
The best surfing spots in South America
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.
Passport and Visa Information
Countries in South America requiring passports and or visas. Information compiled for South America for Visitors
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.
Common Sense Safe Travel in South America
Traveling, exploring new places, discovering ourselves is a joy and a learning experience not to be missed. Being open to adventure and off-the-beaten-path travel is part of the experience. And yet, it's only common sense to know what to expect and take some cautionary steps. Some of these suggestions apply to travel anywhere, and some only to South America. Enjoy your travels, but be safe!
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.
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.
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.
Visa and Passport Requirements for South...
Passports are required fr travel, and are gotten from your country of origin. Visa requirements are set by the country you plan to visit. It is your responsibility to check entry requirements with the consular officials of the countries to be visited well in advance of your trip.
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.
San Andres, Colombia
Its location, closer to Nicaragua and Jamaica, offers a relaxing attraction away from the potential dangers of mainland Colombia.
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.
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.
South America's Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Travel to the top UNESCO sites in South America.
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 12 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.
Cali, Colombia
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overview of visas, reciprocity fees and...
An overview of the visa requirements and fees for entering and exiting South American countries
Otavalo, Ecuador
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.
Discover Colombia's Best Beaches
Discover the best beaches in Colombia
Top 10 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Bogota, Colombia
Bogota has much to offer the visitor, from the center of the historic district, to ample parks and amusement centers, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
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.
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.
The Best Way to Get to Easter Island
Also known as Rapa Nui, Easter Island is a tiny dot far away from civilization, find out the best way to get to Easter Island by air or water.
Top 8 Places to Stay at Iguazu Falls
Touring the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, on the borders of Brazil and Argentina on the Iguazu river is best done in at least two days. Here are some places to stay on either the Brazilian or Argentine side of the falls.
Before you travel to South America
Before you travel to South America here are a few things to consider.
Hot Chile Peppers - Red, Green and Yellow...
Hot chile peppers come in many varieties and are a staple ingredient in many of our favorite ethnic foods. Did you know that Capsicum, the official name for peppers, comes originally from Central and South America? Learn more about these zippy heat pods that Columbus sent back to Spain to add spice to home cooking.
Colca Canyon, Peru
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.
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.
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 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.
Baños, Ecuador
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.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Convicts
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. Page 3.
Brasilia, Capital of Brazil
Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, is a monument to what Brazilians can do and have done. It's a city pointing like an arrow into the future. It's built on a massive scale, with large, innovative buildings, a freedom of spirit and imagination.
The Seven Natural Wonders of South America
The great natural wonders in South America
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Ruins
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. Page 4.
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.
Poison Dart Frogs of South America
The Poison Dart Frogs of South America are tiny, colorful and toxic. Depending on their diet and habitat, some of these frogs have enough poison in them to kill a monkey, or even a human under certain conditions.
Montevideo
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.
Brazil Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Brazil
Top 10 Recommended Restaurants in Montevideo,...
Uruguay reflects European traditions in some of its cuisine, as well as influences from neighboring countries. Like Argentina to the south, Uruguay's parrillas are popular eating places, where meat and seafood are tradtionally prepared and served. Dining in Montevideo is late, so grab a snack if you can't wait until nine or later to dine.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Building Ruins
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. Page 5.
Top Beach Destinations in South America
The best beaches in South America
Top 15 Places to Stay in Cartagena
Cartagena is one of Colombia's most visited destinations with tourists who come to enjoy the history, the sights, the weather and nightlife. Plan to stay several days, to enjoy the colonial period, the modern city and the fashionable seaside resort of Colombia's second port. Choose one of the these hotels or upscale residences to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
Top 10 Recommended Restaurants in Rio de...
Rio de Janeiro has a great variety of restaurants. The restaurants listed here are highly recommended, popular and reservations are always a good idea.
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!
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.
5 Things Not to Do in South America
There are many ways to enjoy South America, but do not make these 5 mistakes
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Arch
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. Page 6.
Punta del Este, Uruguay
For decades an exclusive resort for wealthy South Americans, it is still expensive, but not as much as famed European and US resort areas.
Medellín, 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.
The Best Beaches in Ecuador
Discover Ecuador's coastline and the top beaches in the country.
Five Reasons to Visit Colombia Now
With the changing reputation of Colombia there is no better time to visit.
Salar de Uyuni
The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia's southwestern altiplano is a high-altitude salt pan, considered the largest in the world, and a compelling destination for its wide open, blindingly white expanse, the lagoons with their coloful flamingos, a cacti-covered oasis and the famed salt hotel. Take this photographic tour and you wont need sunglasses, sunscreen or suffer altitude sickness!
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Chapel and Meadow
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. Page 8.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Iles du Salut
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.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Chapel on Ile...
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. Page 7.
The Ultimate Hiking Experiences in South America
The best hiking trails in South America
Santa Marta, Colombia
Santa Marta is Colombia's 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.
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.
Día de la Raza
Columbus Day, Native American Day and Dia de la Raza commemorate the exploration, colonization and multi-cultural and multi-ethnic heritage of the Americas.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Path and Ruins
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. Page 13.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Director's House
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. Page 12.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Foliage
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. Page 9.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Jetty
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. Page 14.
How to spend two weeks in Colombia
How to spend two weeks travelling Colombia.
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.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Hospital
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. Page 11.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Ruins and Foliage
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. Page 10.
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.
Manaus, Brazil
Manaus is the heart of Amazonia. Find out about transportation to and from the Brazilian city, the climate and weather, and things to do and see.
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.
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.
Top 10 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.
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.
Plan Your First Trip to South America
Plan Your First Trip to South America with advice, tips and resources from getting your travel documents, choosing your destinations, travel operators, travel options, safety suggestions, to preparing yourself for travel.
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.
The Glaciers of Argentina
Background and location information about the 47 major glaciers, including Perito Moreno, the only one in the world still growing.
Beer Lovers Guide to South America
South American beer will not likely win many awards, but it's a great way to connect with local culture. Check out the most popular beer in South America.
Nazca Lines, Peru
Ancient religion? Aliens from outer space? Ancient astronomers? Water sources? What caused the lines at one of Peru's favorite tourist destinations?
Anaconda Snakes
Anaconda snakes, of the boa family, live throughout tropical South America, east of the Andes, mainly in the Amazon and Orinoco basins, and in the Guianas.
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.
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!
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.
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
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.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Shoreline
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. Page 15.
Pictures of Argentina Photo Gallery
Photos, virtual tours and pictures of Argentina include Iguazu Falls, Mesopotamia, Buenos Aires, Patagonia, the Andean Northwest and the Lake District, Tierra del Fuego and points in between plus a selection of Historical Photos.
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.
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.
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 to visit Otavalo, Ibarra, Cotacachi and Tulcán, then on to Latacunga, Ambato and Baños.
Top 14 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!
Pension
Pension is a budget accommodation in a family home usually with meals. May have long term boarders.
Alfajores - Filled Cookies with Dulce de Leche...
Alfajores, filled Cookies with dulce de leche and covered in coconut are a traditional snack or treat.
Top 5 Kite Surfing Spots In South America
Learn all the best places locals go kite surfing in South America.
Devil's Island Photo Gallery - Rocky Coast
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. Page 2.
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.
Angel Falls and Rainbow
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.
Iguazu Falls Photo Gallery
Called Foz do Iguaçu in Brazilian, and Cataratas del Iguazú in Spanish, Iguazu falls are a top destination for visitors from all countries. These photos display only a portion of the grandeur and awe-inspiring nature of the which are taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horsehoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River on the border between Argentina and Brazil.
Images of Brazil
Tour Brazil, from soaring skyscrapers in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to the prehistoric petroglyphs in Serra da Capivara National Park, with these colorful pictures. Includes some Historical Photos and sketches.
Ecuador's Ten Highest Mountains
Ecuador has ten mountains over 5000m.
Angel Falls and Canaima National Park
Sprawling Parque Nacional Canaima, Venezuela's second largest national park includes rolling savannas, forests, dense river woodlands, sheer cliffs, and steep flat-topped table mountains called tepuis, from which fall spectacular cascades of water. Angel Falls the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, and Roraima, the highest tepui in the Guiana Highlands, are top destinations within the park.
Cities of Chile Map
Click on a city name on this map of Chile to find extensive resources for lodging, sightseeing, geography, history, art, culture, sports, recreation and more. Bonnie Hamre is your expert guide to South America.
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.
Carne Mechada
Carne Mechada, from Venezuela, is a slow cooked, flavorful and tender beef entree that works well with rice and vegetables on the side, or as a filling for stuffing peppers, tortillas, or however your imagination takes you.
Yerba Mate - Background and Preparation
One of South America's most favorite beverages, yerba mate is an herbal tea with medicinal properties affecting overall health, vigor and endurance. Sharing a mate with close friends and family strenghtens the bonds of friendship and good will.
Búzios, Brazil
An international resort, Buzios is two hours north of Rio de Janeiro, and its twenty plus beaches and relaxed hedonistic style likens it to Saint Tropez.
Ausangate Trek, Peru
The Ausangate trek is a circuit around the tallest mountain in the Cordillera Vilacanota of Peru. Ausangate is regarded as a sacred mountain, an apu, and is the site of shamanic pilgirmages and the annual june celebration of El Señor de Qoyllur Ritti.
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
Getting to Buenos Aires
Fly, drive or cruise to Buenos Aires and other points in Argentina with these transportation tips
Health Hazards and Vaccinations for Travel in...
Vaccinations are required for some health hazards and dieseases common in South America. Check with your doctor or international health regulations for the required and/or recommended vaccinations and get them in advance of your travel. Even though you may have been innoculated as a child for many diseases, some migh require a booster shot. Make sure your vaccinations are recorded on an official International Certificate of Vaccination.
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.
Honeymooning in South America
Plan your honeymoon in South America and choose from romantic tropical beaches, cosmopolitan cities with luxurious accommodations, shared adventure, out of the ordinary festivals, spectacular scenery, cruises, and other choices for a fabled trip of a lifetime.
Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria
Celebrate the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria on February 2 in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela
Bariloche, Argentina
San Carlos de Bariloche, commonly known as Bariloche, is a prime, all-season destination in Argentina's Patagonia. Summer sailing on Lake Nahuel Huapi, skiing, the lake crossing from Chile and a decidedly European ski chalet environment make Bariloche a favorite vacation spot.
Chile's Fiestas Patrias
Chile's Fiestas Patrias celebrate Chile's independence from Spain and run for a week prior to the Dieciocho festivities on September 18, with regional activities such as the Pampilla de Coquimbo, Semana del Folclor, National Rodeo Championships and other events celebrating Chilenidad.
The Pantanal
Home to thousands of wildlife species, the Pantanal,shared by Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is a huge wetlands, and a must on a wildlife-lover's travels.
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.
The Curious Case of Laura Bozzo
Doctora Laura Bozzo, host of the wildly popular Peruvian talk show, Laura, presents a puzzling case. Her show is taped from the studio in Lima where she lives under house arrest for alleged complicity in a political scandal and is not shown on Peruvian TV. An attorney, Laura Bozzo demands a trial to demonstrate her innocence while millions of her fans write supporting emails. Guilty or innocent?
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza, the capital of Mendoza province lies at the base of the Andes, closer to Santiago, Chile than Buenos Aires. It's a clean, well laid-out city, with parks and tree-lined streets and parks, the center of commerce and tourism for the area. It's also prime wine country, and an all-seasons destination for climbers, hikers, skiers, rafters, bikers, paragliders, naturalists, trekkers, and oenophiles.
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.
Where to go in South America in November
With fewer crowds finds out where to go in South America in November
Best Non-Inca Ruins in South America
The best non-Inca ruins in South America
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.
Top Ten Things to Do in Cuzco
Thanks to Machu Picchu this is one of South America's most famous cities, discover what to do in Cuzco, Peru.
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