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South America Travel: Most Popular Articles

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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
10 Must-See Destinations in South America
Top travel sites to visit in 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.
Learn What's Special about Christmas in Peru
Christmas traditions in Peru. South America Travel.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
What Makes Christmas So Special in Argentina?
Christmas Traditions in Argentina
Passport and Visa Information
Countries in South America requiring passports and or visas. Information compiled for South America for Visitors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas in Ecuador
Christmas in Ecuador is a colorful celebration incorporating traditional religious events with local traditions. Enjoy the festive Pase del Niño Viajero in Cuenca and the Pesebres, novenas, Cena de Nochebuena and Misa del Gallo in Quito and other Ecuadorian communtities and top off the holiday season with the Fiesta de Año Viejo.
Overview of visas, reciprocity fees and...
An overview of the visa requirements and fees for entering and exiting South American countries
Surfers Weigh in on the Best Places to Surf in...
The best surfing spots in South America
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Guide to Christmas in Venezuela
Christmas traditions in Venezuela
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.
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.
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.
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.
South America's Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Travel to the top UNESCO sites in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Things Not to Do in South America
There are many ways to enjoy South America, but do not make these 5 mistakes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seven Natural Wonders of South America
The great natural wonders in South America
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.
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.
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.
San Andres, Colombia
Its location, closer to Nicaragua and Jamaica, offers a relaxing attraction away from the potential dangers of mainland Colombia.
Christmas in Quito
South America Travel. Page 2.
The Best Places to Stay in Cartagena
Cartagena is one of Colombia's most visited destinations. Check out these top picks for where to stay in Cartagena, Colombia.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dulce de Leche
Dulce de leche, or caramelized sweetened condensed milk, is a staple for desserts, pastry fillings, or as a scoop right out of the can South American favorite.
South America Travel Gift Ideas
If you are traveling to South America or know someone who is, don't forget these seven items.
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.
People of South America
Photos of people living in South America, at work, at leisure, at play.
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.
Discover Colombia's Best Beaches
Discover the best beaches in Colombia
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.
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.
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.
The Glaciers of Argentina
Background and location information about the 47 major glaciers, including Perito Moreno, the only one in the world still growing.
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.
Peru Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Peru
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 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.
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.
Dia de Todos los Santos
Dia de Todos los Santos, or All Saints Day, is celebrated throughout Latin America in conjunction with All Souls Day as a reaffirmation of life and a way to honor saints and the dead.
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.
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.
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.
When is the best time to visit Peru? The answer...
When is the best time to visit Peru? The answer is surprising!
Top 5 Kite Surfing Spots In South America
Learn all the best places locals go kite surfing 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.
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.
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.
Only have two weeks in Colombia: Here's the...
How to spend two weeks travelling Colombia.
Venezuela Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Venezuela from Bonnie Hamre
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.
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.
Survivor Exile Island - 10 Merged Castaways and...
The tribes merge and some castaways try to convince new tribemates to join their alliance. One winds up with a chipped tooth and a cut lip when they try to build a bigger shelter. They'll have to build new alliance webs, to ensnare or destroy their prey. Page 2.
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.
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.
Regions of Argentina
Each of the regions of Argentina has something different to offer: cosmopolitan cities, rain forests, snow covered mountains and glaciers, vast pampas, coastal resorts, wine country and wide open spaces to explore at your leisure.
Colombia Travel Planner
Colombia travel planner contains everything you need to plan a trip to Colombia including top attractions, cities, regions, photos, transportation, tours, maps, geography, articles, features, history, and resources to learn about Colombia.
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.
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.
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.
Getting to Buenos Aires
Fly, drive or cruise to Buenos Aires and other points in Argentina with these transportation tips
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.
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.
Ten Things You Cannot Miss In Buenos Aires
Heading down to Argentina? Don't miss the ten best things to do in Buenos Aires.
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.
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.
Machu Picchu from a Distance
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.
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.
Saint Rose of Lima - First Saint of the Americas
Saint Rose of Lima, the first Saint of the Americas, was born in Lima in 1586 and died there in 1617 after turning away from the secular life and living a life of self-mortification and extreme religious practices. Her devotion to her beliefs, her piety and her example are remembered annually on August 30, the feast day of Santa Rose de Lima.
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!
6 Incredible Things to Do in Cartagena
Called the Jewel of South America, Cartagena Colombia is a hot destination. Check out the best things to do in Cartagena.
7 Things You Must Try in Argentina
The best picks for what to eat in Argentina.
5 Reasons Why You Need to Learn Spanish Before...
There are so many benefits to learning Spanish, find out from an expert why you should take a Spanish class now!
Paraguay Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Paraguay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Inspired by South American Poets
Get inspired to travel with these South American Poets
Santa Catalina Monastery - Arequipa, Peru
Enter the gates into the adobe brick walled community of the Santa Catalina de Siena Monastery in Arequipa, Peru and step back 400 years in time. Opened to the public in 1970, this religious community is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture, art and life in a city within a city.
Five Reasons to Visit Colombia Now
With the changing reputation of Colombia there is no better time to visit.
Alfajores - Filled Cookies with Dulce de Leche...
Alfajores, filled Cookies with dulce de leche and covered in coconut are a traditional snack or treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highlights of Southern Brazil
The states of Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná reflect much of their European heritage, including language and Octoberfests, and offer the traveler great vistas, splendid beaches and Iguazu Falls.
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.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Illustrated resources for Salvador de Bahia South America for Visitors.
Where to go in South America in November
With fewer crowds finds out where to go in South America in November
Ten Foods You'll Love If You're Vegetarian in...
Vegetarian in South America? Despite having many options for meat lovers there are also many vegetarian food options in South America.
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.
Cities of Argentina Map
Click on a city name on this map of Argentina to find extensive resources for lodging, sightseeing, geography, history, art, culture, sports, recreation and more.
7 Spots You Can't Miss Hiking in South America
South America has some of the highest mountains in the world. Don't miss our picks on best hiking in South America.
Personal Safety Suggestions 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!
Best Museums and Art Galleries in Bogota
The top picks for museums and art galleries in Bogota, Colombia
10 Things You Cannot Miss in Bogota
There are so many things to do in Bogota, from the center of the historic district, to ample parks, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
An Introduction To The Coffee Triangle Of...
Learn everything you need to know about the Coffee Triangle, one of the most popular regions in Colombia.
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!
7 Natural Wonders You Can't Miss in South America
South America is full of beauty, here are 7 natural wonders in South America you cannot miss.
Shrunken Heads - Tsanta
The Jivaro tribes of Ecuador and Peru, traditionally at war with each other for centuries, used to take their enemy's head and shrink it as a battle trophy. Called tsanta, these shrunken heads evolved into a fake souvenir for the tourist business.
Tips for Visiting Easter Island
Explore Rapa Nui, the mystery of the moais, the BirdMan petroglyphs and Easter Island, past and present.
On a Budget? These Countries in South America...
South America can be a great destination for budget travelers. Check out our guide to the most expensive and least expensive countries in South America
These South American Movies Will Inspire You to...
These great South American movies that will inspire you to travel.
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.
Trekking Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine, Chile’s spectacular national park in southern Patagonia, is a wonderland of craggy, granite peaks, snow clad mountains, glacier-fed lakes, waterfalls and rivers, pampas and thick Magellanic forests, meadows, forests and no matter where you look, fantastic scenery. It's a great favorite with trekkers, climbers and visitors from all over the world.
Bolivia Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Bolivia from Bonnie Hamre
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.
Cayenne, Capital of French Guiana
Make Cayenne your headquarters for touring French Guiana. In the capital city, you'll enjoy a bit of France in a tropical setting, a mix of cultural heritages, and the base to explore the cultural and historical sites.
São 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.
Festa de Iemanjá and New Year's Eve in Rio...
Along with the huge beach party that marks Rio de Janeiro's New Year's Eve celebrations with live shows, music and spectacular fireworks, Brazilians also venerate the Goddess of the Sea and Mother of the Waters with the Festa De Iemanja, which is also celebrated on August 15 in Salvador.
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.

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