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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
When to Go to South America
Suggestions for when to travel to take advantage of the climate and seasons for your business trip or vacation in and around the countries of South America.
10 Most Popular Cities in South America
These cities in South America are popular because in many cases they are points of entry, capital cities, representative of their countries or distinctive for particular attractions. Each has its own charm and ambiance.
Do You Need an Outlet Adapter in South America?
A reader asks what kind of adapter do they need to travel 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!
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cuasimodo Celebrations in Chile
Cuasimodo has nothing to do with the Quasimodo of fiction, nor is it the name of a saint or holy person, but is attributed to the Latin used in Catholic ceremonies. Whatever the origin, this is a time-honored festival in Chile the Sunday after Easter.
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.
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.
Best Places to Surf in South America
The best surfing spots in South America
South America's Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Travel to the top UNESCO sites in South America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Passport and Visa Information
Countries in South America requiring passports and or visas. Information compiled for South America for Visitors
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overview of visas, reciprocity fees and...
An overview of the visa requirements and fees for entering and exiting South American countries
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.
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.
Top 9 Train Trips Best for Sightseeing
Long distance and train travel between South American countries is a thing of the past, but local passenger and sightseeing train trips are still available, and in many cases, an attraction in themselves. Some are for fun only, others are a viable way to travel.
The 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.
Chilean Huasos
Photograph of two huasos, senior and junior, from your expert guide to South America.
Discover Colombia's Best Beaches
Discover the best beaches in Colombia
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seven Natural Wonders of South America
The great natural wonders in South America
Best Museums in Quito, Ecuador
Best Museums in Quito Ecuador
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.
San Andres, Colombia
Its location, closer to Nicaragua and Jamaica, offers a relaxing attraction away from the potential dangers of mainland Colombia.
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.
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.
5 Things Not to Do in South America
There are many ways to enjoy South America, but do not make these 5 mistakes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Amazing Race 7 - First Stop: Peru
The Amazing Race 7 begins its worldwide journey with the first stop in Peru, where teams encounter language problems, llamas, gorges, the Andes, and the ancient Inca city of Cuzco as their first pit stop.
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.
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.
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.
Easter Island - the Navel of the World
Explore Rapa Nui, the mystery of the moais, the BirdMan petroglyphs and Easter Island, past and present.
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.
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.
Walk The Inca Trail
Depending on your starting point, the Inca Trail is 27 to 35 miles long passing through high-mountain desert, cloud forest, and mountain passes with elevations of nearly 14,000 feet and an orchid-rich jungle before it brings you to to Machu Picchu, the fabled Lost City of the Incas. Page 5.
Venezuela Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Venezuela from Bonnie Hamre
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.
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.
Tiradentes - Joaquim José da Silva Xavier
Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, known as Tiradentes, or tooth-puller, was executed in 1792 for his role in encouraging Brazilian independence from Portugal, and is today honored each April 21st as the Civic Patron of the Brazilian nation.
All Inclusive Vacations In Colombia –...
Colombia offers great value for all-inclusive vacations but should you be worried about safety in Colombia? We have the answers here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Galapagos Photo Gallery
Photos of wildlife and islands scenes in the Galapagos Islands include penguins, seals sea liions, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, flamingos sharks, marine iguanas giant tortoises Sally Lightfoot Crab giant grasshoppers and more exotic wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
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.
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.
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.
Huasos - The Chilean Cowboy
Like the gauchos, the Chilean huasos are skilled horsemen, honing their skills daily. Over the years, the huaso has come to signify much of the Chilean folkloric culture, and he is a vital part of parades, fiestas, and holidays.
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.
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 Glaciers of Argentina
Background and location information about the 47 major glaciers, including Perito Moreno, the only one in the world still growing.
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.
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.
Get Inspired by South American Poets
Get inspired to travel with these South American Poets
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.
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.
Scam: Fake Police and Kidnappings
The disappearance of Katharina Koller and Peter Kirsten Rabitsch in Bolivia is attributed to a gang of fake police who take passports, credit cards and bank cards.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paraguay Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Paraguay.
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.
Holidays and Festivals in Argentina
National Holidays and Festivals observed in Argentina with links to related infomation.
Ecuador's Ten Highest Mountains
Ecuador has ten mountains over 5000m.
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.
Learn What's Special about Christmas in Peru
Christmas traditions in Peru. South America Travel.
Simón Bolívar, El Libertador
This hero of the Latin American wars of independence died discouraged that his efforts were in vain. Revered today as South America's great liberator, his political principles are the basis for the Bolivarian Movement and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Cartagena, Colombia Photo Gallery
Cartagena was one of the first cities founded by the Spaniards in South America. Begun in 1533, the strategic location called for a fortress, and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas was started in 1639, but not completed for 150 years. The fortress walls surrounded what is now known as the Ciudad Murallada, or the walled old town, where churches, homes, business and plazas share their colonial heritage.
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.
Getting to Buenos Aires
Fly, drive or cruise to Buenos Aires and other points in Argentina with these transportation tips
Get the Facts on Latin America's Day of the...
If you are traveling in Latin America on the first day of May, you can expect to find banks, government offices, stores, post offices and businesses closed for the day as people celebrate the International Worker's Day.
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.
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.
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.
Top Documentaries About South America
The best documentaries about South America
Top 10 Travel Safety Items and Accessories
These suggested travel accessories will help make your travel planning more secure, and thus enjoyable. With luggage tags to hidden money belts and document cases, you'll travel with confidence and comfort.
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.
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.
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.
Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands Photo Gallery...
Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands Photo Gallery includes these pictures of penguins, plus links to more resources and information about the Galapagos islands.
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.
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!
Before you travel to South America
Before you travel to South America here are a few things to consider.
Pablo Neruda - People's Poet
Espana en el corazon . One of the exemplary poems of this time is I’ll Explain Some Things . He was recalled
Top Beach Destinations in South America
The best beaches in South America
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.
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.
Popayán, Colombia
This charming town, nestled in a serene valley setting, is one of Colombia's most beautiful colonial towns with a rich religious and cultural heritage. Fully restored after an earthquake, it's a national monument and known for its spectacular Semana Santa celebrations.
Treasures from the Museo del Oro, Bogota,...
Gold and emerald treasures from the Museo del Oro in Bogota, Colombia, from Bonnie Hamre, your guide to 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.
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.
How to spend two weeks in Colombia
How to spend two weeks travelling Colombia.
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.
South America Travel Gift Ideas
If you are traveling to South America or know someone who is, don't forget these seven items.
Don't Even Think of Bringing These Items to...
Many packing lists for South America tell you what to bring, but this list outlines what you should not bring to South America.
What Makes Christmas So Special in Argentina?
Christmas Traditions in Argentina
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.
Pictures of Chile Photo Gallery
Places, people, desert, lakes, volcanos and splendid scenery, plus Historical Photos of various regions of Chile.
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.
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!
Discover the Best Restaurants in Guayaquil
Ecuadorian food is fantastic, especially its seafood, check out the best restaurants in Guayaquil to discover where the locals recommend.
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.
Sports and Recreation in Argentina
Sports and Recreational facilities in Argentina include trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, nature observation, golf, skiing, fishing, polo, horseback riding, mountaineering, kayaking, racing, diving, sailing and more!
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.
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.
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.
Amazing Race 9 - First Destination: São...
This season, the 11 teams race across 97,000 km in just 29 days, covering five continents, with the first stop in São Paulo, Brazil, where the teams race around the city to various locations by taxi and helicopter to find their clues and be first in the race to win the one million dollar prize.
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.

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