South America Travel

Countries in South America

Balcony of a French-inspired house in Buenos Aires, Argentina Each country in South America is very unique in its culture, people, and landscape, but one thing is for certain: they each possess stunning scenery and their own natural wonders, some of which have made them famous. With thirteen countries it can be daunting to decide which one to visit. Every country has distinct highlights, especially for outdoor adventures. After reading about each country and depending on your particular travel interests, you'll be able to plan your perfect trip.

Each region has something amazing to offer: vibrant fiestas, the exotic wildlife of the Pantanal and the Amazon, the volcanoes, glaciers, or pristine lakes of Patagonia, the bright blue coral-reef waters of the Caribbean, the majestic Andes, the ancient ruins of the Incas, and many other memorable highlights.

Argentina is a huge country and contains some of the world's natural wonders, from glaciers and volcanoes, to the Andes Mountains, and the Iguazu Falls. Its European influence can also be felt, especially in Buenos Aires, with its Parisian-like architecture and its many outdoor cafes.
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Many people are drawn to Brazil to see one of its most beautiful cities: Rio de Janeiro. Set amongst beautiful white-sand beaches and forest-covered mountains, it is a breathtaking site, not to mention its famous lively nightlife. Brazil also contains some of the most important ecosystems on the planet: the Amazon Rainforest, and the Pantanal swamplands.
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Peru is famous for its Inca ruins, as it was once the capital of the mighty empire, and is now the gateway to the mysterious and captivating lost cities, including the unforgettable Machu Picchu. What makes these ruins even more breathtaking is the scenery they are set amongst, such as lush cloud forests of the Andes, the Peruvian rainforest, and the Pacific coast.
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Situated on the Pacific coast and on the edge of the Andean Mountains, Chile's natural landscape is breathtaking. View snow-capped peaks from the pristine lakes of the Puerto Montt Lake District, and the stunning Torres del Paine mountain range in southern Patagonia.
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Known more for its violence and drug trade, Colombia is still one of the most beautiful countries in South America. There are also many parts of the country which are perfectly safe to travel in. With the Andes stretching over the west and the virgin beaches of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the country has no shortage of stunning landscape.
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The fifth largest country in South America, Venezuela boasts some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, including Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. You'll also find long stretches of pristine coastline, the rainforests of the Amazon, and the majestic Andean peaks.
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Situated in between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is often over-looked by most travelers, making it a great destination if you are looking to go off the beaten path. Some highlights include the tranquil Atlantic coastline, quaint seaside villages, and the capital Montevideo.
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For a more authentic trip, Paraguay will take you to the most remote places in all of South America. In the west you'll find a rich agricultural region of rolling hills, grasslands, and subtropical rainforests. This is the heartland of Paraguay, with most of its economy coming from agriculture and the black market.
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Bolivia is a great place to see some of the most extreme and diverse landscape in South America. From glacial peaks to the high-altitude deserts of the Andes, to the steamy subtropical rainforests of the Amazon, this largely undiscovered country is also home to a large population from indigenous dissent.
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Suriname, Guyana, and French Guinana
Suriname, Guyana, and French Guinana are perhaps three of the least visited countries in South America, but feature large areas of unspoiled, virgin rainforests. Ecotourism has been booming recently, with many opportunities to take guided tours through forests for excellent wildlife spotting, trekking, and rustic camping.
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