Ruins of ancient civilizations share South America with world-class metropolises, outstanding architecture, many of the world's biggest festivities, and genuine indigenous culture mingled with the fingerprints of Iberian colonizers.
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Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic. The name means fair winds, or literally good air, in Spanish.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, on the South Atlantic coast.
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, with a city population of about 11 million and almost 20 million in its metropolitan region.
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Brazil is the largest country in South America and fifth largest in the world. Famous for its football tradition and its annual Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife and Olinda, it is a country of great diversity.
Peru is without a doubt one of the most captivating countries in South America. Famously home of the epic lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the mindblowing Nazca Lines, this country's unique past awakens the adventurer in travellers of all sorts.
Colombia — forget the reputation. Twice the size of France, and with a diversity of landscapes and cultures that would be hard to find even in countries five times its size, Colombia should by all rights be one of the world's top travel destinations.
Argentina, is a large, elongated country in the southern part of South America, neighbouring countries being Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay to the north east and Chile to the west.
Ecuador is a country in northwestern South America, with a Pacific Ocean coastline, lying on the Equator between Colombia, to the north and east, and Peru, to the south and east.
Bolivia is a beautiful, geographically rich in diversity, and multiethnic country in the heart of South America.
Chile narrowly stretches along the southern half of the west coast of South America, between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean.
Venezuela is a country in South America. Having a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela …
Uruguay is a country in South America. It has a South Atlantic Ocean coastline and lies between Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north.
Paraguay is a landlocked country in the heart of South America, bordering Argentina to the south and west, Bolivia to the northwest and Brazil to the east and northeast.
Suriname is a small republic on the northeast coast of South America. It prides itself on its thoroughly multi-ethnic culture …
The country of Guyana is in north-eastern South America. It has an Atlantic Ocean coastline in the northeast, and lies between Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west, with Brazil to the south.
The Falkland Islands consist of two main islands and several hundred smaller islands in the south Atlantic Ocean, off the east coast of southern South America.
Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago off the south of South America, separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan.
French Guiana is a French department in the Amazonia region of South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname.
One of the great natural wonders of the world, the Iguaçu Falls are situated near the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.
The Pantanal is a region in South America lying mostly in Western Brazil, but extending into Bolivia as well.