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Learn What's Special about Christmas in Peru
Christmas traditions in Peru. South America Travel.
What Makes Christmas So Special in Argentina?
Christmas Traditions in Argentina
Countries and Capitals of South America
Capital cities, population, maps and world fact book information for the countries and territories of South America
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.
A Guide to Christmas in Venezuela
Christmas traditions in Venezuela
10 Must-See Destinations in South America
Top travel sites to visit in South America
Christmas in Bolivia
Christmas celebrations in Bolovia.
Christmas in Quito
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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.
Do You Need an Outlet Adapter in South America?
A reader asks what kind of adapter do they need to travel in 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.
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.
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.
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.
South America's Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Travel to the top UNESCO sites in South America.
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 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 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.
Passport and Visa Information
Countries in South America requiring passports and or visas. Information compiled for South America for Visitors
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.
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.
5 Things Not to Do in South America
There are many ways to enjoy South America, but do not make these 5 mistakes
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.
Best Places to Surf in South America
The best surfing spots in South America
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overview of visas, reciprocity fees and...
An overview of the visa requirements and fees for entering and exiting South American countries
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.
Christmas in Cuzco, Peru
Celebrating the Niño Manuelito, the Andean version of the Baby Jesus, in Cusco, Peru is an eye-opening and heart-filling experience for the author.
Venezuela Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Venezuela from Bonnie Hamre
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Page 3.
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 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.
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.
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.
South America Travel Gift Ideas
If you are traveling to South America or know someone who is, don't forget these seven items.
Survivor All-Stars Season Finale
With the end in sight, and paranoia plaguing the remaining All-Stars, one castaway is challenged to break an alliance. The Jury has been sitting silent, but now they get to return and have their say! Thirty-nine days ago, 18 former castaways returned to play the ultimate game of SURVIVOR one more time. Now four remain, but only one will win. Who will be the Sole Survivor?
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.
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 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.
Cola de Mono - Monkey's Tail
Condensed milk and coffee sounds sweet and simple, but add poweful aguardiente (a very strong sugar cane or grape brandy) and this traditional Chilean drink will have you acting like a monkey.
San Andres, Colombia
Its location, closer to Nicaragua and Jamaica, offers a relaxing attraction away from the potential dangers of mainland Colombia.
Discover Colombia's Best Beaches
Discover the best beaches in Colombia
The Seven Natural Wonders of South America
The great natural wonders in South America
The Glaciers of Argentina
Background and location information about the 47 major glaciers, including Perito Moreno, the only one in the world still growing.
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.
Ecuador Fact Page
Introductory fact page for Ecuador from the CIA World Factbook contains information about politics, government, economy, demographics, transportation, military matters, education, population, history, geography, boundaries, communications, natural resources and transnational issues, with a link to travel warnings and consular information.
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.
French Guiana Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in French Guiana.
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.
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.
Alfajores - Filled Cookies with Dulce de Leche...
Alfajores, filled Cookies with dulce de leche and covered in coconut are a traditional snack or treat.
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.
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.
Cuisine of Peru and Bolivia
The cuisine of Peru and Bolivia enjoys similar tastes with a combination of hot, spicy foods, potent beverages and a reliance on heritage foods such as potatos and corn.
Peru Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Peru: dia de los trabajadores san pedro y san pablo peru holidays all saints day corpus cristi
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.
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.
Buñuelos de viento
Something like a doughnut, these South American airy puffs are easy to make and impossible to resist.
Survivor 7: Pearl Islands - Episode 10
Having trouble sleeping, Rupert finds a spot on a log near camp and has a heart-to-heart chat with a faraway loved one. A trip to fetch water becomes an opportunity for one pair, with questionable fates, to hatch a new plan and turn the tide in their favor. Will their powers of persuasion work? What happens to mutineers? Lillian has a slight anxiety attack and regrets a decisions she's made. Could it be her alliance with Burton? One castaway gives selflessly to another.
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.
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.
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
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.
Holidays and Festivals in Argentina
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Argentina with links to related infomation.
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.
Best Museums in Quito, Ecuador
Best Museums in Quito Ecuador
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
People of South America
Photos of people living in South America, at work, at leisure, at play.
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!
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!
Top 5 Kite Surfing Spots In South America
Learn all the best places locals go kite surfing in South America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sucre, Bolivia
Called the City with Four Names, Sucre is the second capital of Bolivia, home to the Bolivian Supreme Court, a colonial heritage city with one of the oldest universities in the Americas, intriguing attractions and a wealth of cultural traditions to entice the visitor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Semana Santa in Ayacucho, Cuzco, Huaraz and...
Perhaps the most famous Semana Santa celebrations occur in Ayacucho, Peru, where the entire town participates in the Holy Week event.
Getting to Buenos Aires
Fly, drive or cruise to Buenos Aires and other points in Argentina with these transportation tips
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.
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.
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.
Mendoza, Argentina
The center of Argentina's wine industry, Mendoza is an all-seasons destination for climbers, hikers, skiers, rafters, bikers, paragliders, naturalists, trekkers, and oenophiles.
Easter Island - the Navel of the World
Explore Rapa Nui, the mystery of the moais, the BirdMan petroglyphs and Easter Island, past and present.
Survivor 18 - Tocantins: Episode 13 - The Finale!
The finale of Survivor 18 brings to a close this season's recaps, information about Brazil and the Tocantins, location of Survivor 18.
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.
Pictures of Chile Photo Gallery
Places, people, desert, lakes, volcanos and splendid scenery, plus Historical Photos of various regions of Chile.
Top Beach Destinations in South America
The best beaches in South America
Temple of the Sun, Machu 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, of the Temple of the Sun. Page 8.
How to spend two weeks in Colombia
How to spend two weeks travelling Colombia.
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.
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.
Bolivia Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Bolivia from Bonnie Hamre
Top 10 Folklore and Ethnic Music of South America
Every culture has its own musical heritage, and the countries and cultures of South America are no different. Here you'll find a selection of tradtional songs and dances, musical instruments, folksongs and contemporary music from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela, plus protest songs from various countries.
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.
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.
Christmas in Salvador, Bahia
Christmas in Salvador, Bahia is a combination of religious celebrations, ethnic traditions and pageantry.
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.
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.
6 Places to See in Argentina
Discover the best things to see and do in Argentina. Don't plan a visit without this list!
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.
Jesuit Missions of South America
The Jesuit Missions in South America began in Brazil, then spread to what is now Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, with one in Uruguay. They are all on the tourist mission circuit, and a worthwhile visit to learn about Spanish and Portuguese colonial history.
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.
Ecuador Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Ecuador from Bonnie Hamre
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!
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.
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.
Antarctica in Pictures - Wildlife
Views of ice, plateaus, domes, islands, wildlife and these views of Chinstrap penguin in Antarctica.
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?
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.
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!
Ecuador's Ten Highest Mountains
Ecuador has ten mountains over 5000m.
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Bariloche,...
Bariloche, formally known as San Carlos de Bariloche, is an all-season destination with scenic beauties, sports, activities, tours, attractions, skiing, top nightspots and quiet out of the way retreats. Known internationally, Bariloche welcomes visitors to Argentina's Lake District.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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