The countries of South America are so steeped in history, culture and colour they almost defy description. So where are the best places to visit in South America? From the samba of Rio to Chile’s great glaciers, the abundant wildlife of the Amazon Basin to the gauchos working Argentina’s expansive ranches – it’s a continent rich in experiences beyond expectation.
There is still much of South America that is unknown– a huge amount of indigenous flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest and Costa Rica remain unidentified. So it’s perfect for explorers. Venture to the Andes Mountains, journey along the Panama Canal, get your head in the clouds in some of the highest spots on Earth in Bolivia, El Salvador and Peru, or in Argentina spot right whales off of Patagonia and take the End of the World Train to the southernmost city in the world – Ushuaia. Then there is the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Brazil, or the chance to see the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, in Ecuador.
Looking to relax? South America also has many havens for beach-lovers such as the white sands of Venezuela’s Isla Margarita.