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From mountains to vast beaches, and from rainforests to some of the world’s most well-known ruins, a visit to South America is a rich experience indeed. Unless you have several months set aside for your journey, it’s going to be tough to see it all.
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll find lots of reasons to love this continent. From Venezuela’s thundering Angel Falls to the jungles of the Amazon rainforest, the continent’s natural wonders -- and its multitude of creatures big and small will be a delight for your senses. If you’re seeking an active vacation, don’t miss Machu Picchu -- which can involve a significant hike through the mountains of Peru -- as well as the spectacular Torres del Paine national park in Patagonia, on the southern tip of the continent. You’ll also have the opportunity to ski, hike or climb to your heart’s content.
For a taste of city life, don’t miss Brazil’s Ipanema Beach, located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll also get to see spectacular carnivals and take part in endless rounds of Brazilian dancing. In fact, anywhere you go you’re likely to find some kind of dancing going on, from Argentine tango to Colombian cumbia. Among the best beaches in South America, you’ll find many along the Caribbean coast of Colombia, though every country has its favorites.
With the diversity and the scale of South America, you’ll also find a wide variety of cultures and ways of life. In Buenos Aires, expect upscale and elegant to be the order of the day; northward in Rio de Janeiro, expect a more laid-back atmosphere with a focus on living life to the fullest and enjoying the days. In short, whatever type of atmosphere you’re seeking, from tranquil to historic to cosmopolitan, you’ll probably find it in South America.
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