South America is made up of 14 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Falkland Islands (United Kingdom), French Guinea (France), Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Countries in South America that are popular with the British market are Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. These destinations are popular for their beaches, volcanoes, wildlife, and archaeological sites. Of course, there is also the very different Galápagos Islands which offers the visitor something completely different. A visit to Patagonia a region shared by Argentina and Chile is also a must on any itinerary.
Patagonia offers the visitor sights and memories of mountain peaks, spectacular lakes, glaciers and forests. A wilderness so remote and unspoilt with stunning vistas.
Colombia is home of the salsa dancing in the capital city of Cali and is also good for some birdwatching. Bolivia offers a high altitude capital city, La Paz with its beautiful mountain setting.
Argentina home of huge steaks and night clubs to dance those calories away. Start a visit to Buenos Aires and take time out to chill and enjoy the cafe culture. Take in one of the famous steak houses or book in for a Tango lesson or just go experience one of the “Milonga” A visit to Argentina would not be complete without a visit to the Iguazú Falls.
Don’t forget to include the wine region of Cafayate which is smaller than the Mendoza region. Finally, Los Glaciares National Park is for those outdoor enthusiasts for snow-capped mountains, lakes, and shifting fields.
Uruguay in South America with its beach-lined coast has so much to offer visitors, with it’s Spanish and Portugal influences. Top places to visit include the beautiful 17th-century Portuguese town of Colonia, the capital Montevideo, and the glamorous Punta del Este. Experience luxury boutique hotels restored in historic buildings as well as Estancias Estates that date back to the 18th & 19th centuries. Former Cattle ranches or plantations these buildings often have high beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, and spacious rooms filled with antique furnishings.
Surimane offers the visitor river cruising the rain forest and relaxing with nature. The capital city of Paramaribo appears on the UNESCO “World Heritage” list of historical monuments. Visit the colonial plantations of sugar, coffee and cocoa. Add a trip to French Guiana or “Guyane” for a more European flavour. French-influenced with the Euro as its main currency and a lot of history.
Popular excursions in Guyane include a visit to “Devils Island” which was once used for trading slaves and then prisoners, Georgetown the capital to see the Cathedral. This stunning building dates back to 1892 and is one of the world’s tallest wood-built constructions. Don’t forget to visit Kaieteur Falls, the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall which is fice times the drop of Niagra Falls in Canada. Fly over tropical rainforests to reach this stunning sight where you will find some of the largest in the world Tank Bromeliads. It is also home to the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock a passerine bird from South America
Paraguay offers the visitor colonial towns, sultry tropical forests, and lively cities and its own impressive 80m high waterfall, Salto del Monday. It also offers a vibrant beach destination Paraná river beach located in the attractive city of Encarnación, often claimed to be the Rio de Janerio of Paraguay.
Venezuela a country with Caribbean beaches and the Andes and the Amazon, it has a lot to offer the visitor. Mountains, wildlife and wetlands offer a chance to explore this stunning country. Venezuela is home to the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 metres Angels Fall. The Caribbean beaches offer that chance to relax and wonder a the sight you have experienced.
Peru has a lot more to offer the visitor than just Machu Picchu! From the moment you arrive in Peru to the capital City, you will marvel at the beautiful colonial buildings, plazas and Churches. Sacred Valley offers a taste of what can be discovered. Machu Picchu itself can be reached by train and an overnight stay to wonder at these ‘Lost City of the Incas’, only revealed by accident in 1911. The base town of Cuzco offers a vibrant stay with many shops, restaurants, and local markets. Colca Canyon is another area of stunning landscapes and of course, a stay in an Amazon lodge is the best way to end a visit to Peru.