Introduction to South America

Nothing says adventure quite like South America. Raw, rugged and full of wonder, the continent spans 13 countries and countless adventure opportunities. It's home to the world's biggest rainforest, largest river and highest mountain outside of Asia.

Well-known wonders of the world also fall within its borders; Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, the naturally well-endowed Galapagos Islands, enigmatic Easter Island and the list goes on. Further to the specifics, the continent is also a place of natural extremes with iconic beaches on one side and icy ski fields on the other. Needless to say, South America is an explorer's paradise and one that rewards those willing to trek, climb and ski the distance.

For those not so keen on roughing it, there are always the big cities. Buzzing metropolises where rooftop bars are a dime a dozen and fine dining restaurants take their steak seriously. Enjoy the the thriving nightlife of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the sleek beachside culture of Rio de Janeiro, the boutique shopping of Sao Paulo and the fascinating traditions of Bogota. And then there are the special Latin American moments that you'll find in between; a plate of ceviche, a tango dance, a street festival. Whatever path you take, adventure can't help but find you in South America.

For more must-dos in South America, check out our things to do page and start planning your South America holiday.

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