South America

South America is home to the world’s largest remaining rainforest, driest desert, longest river, and some of the highest waterfalls. In amongst natural splendour you’ll find large urban centres where millions live in poverty and billionaires live in walled compounds: South America is — to abuse a cliché — ripe with contrasts.

For the independent traveller, there are adventures to be had with even the popular destinations still having an element of uncertainty about them. Things tend to open and shut on their own schedule, and that’s not necessarily the one that’s hanging on the door.

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Travel destinations in South America

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Argentina travel information

The name “Argentina” elicits a mix of sensations: the flavour of Argentinian barbecue accompanied by a good wine, the intensity of tango, the fervour of football and rugby supporters or political protesters … READ MORE >>

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Bolivia travel information

Bolivia seems to be the unvisited relative of Chile, Argentina and Peru, but there are plenty of reasons to visit the altiplano and Bolivia’s share of the Amazon. Then there’s the stunningly beautiful southern deserts … READ MORE >>

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Brazil travel information

Vast and exotic, engaging and vibrant, Brazil has long been a playground for travellers from around the world. White-sand beaches and bright tree-studded islands dot the coastline from north to south. Inland, the intensity of natural wonder and … READ MORE >>

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Chile travel information

Chile stretches from its northern border with Peru, through the arid, desolate Atacama Desert, down to the frozen tip of Patagonia encompassing mountains, lakes and a friendly, generous spirit along the way. The “New Zealand of South America” … READ MORE >>

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Colombia travel information

After years of being closed off by internal conflict and drug-related crime, Colombia is now South America’s rising star of the travel scene. Experience adventure sports, vibrant cities and a year-long calendar of festivals to party at. READ MORE >>

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Ecuador travel information

Ecuador isn’t a travel destination for the indecisive; from the Galapagos Islands to volcanic mountains, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do first. Whether you’re an eco-friendly traveller looking to explore a tropical cloud forest or an adventurous spirit… READ MORE >>

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Paraguay travel information

Paraguay offers a chance to immerse yourself in a culture distinct to that of surrounding countries, and a chance to truly feel like one of the only foreigners around… READ MORE >>

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Peru travel information

Peru is home to some of the most stunning and accessible ruins and relics from the pre-European age. From Kuelap and Chan Chan in the north to mystic Machu Picchu in the south the jungles and … READ MORE >>

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Suriname travel information

Suriname is a South American country with a Caribbean feel, Dutch as its national language and an ethnic mix of Creoles, Javanese, Amerindians, Hindustani and Afro-Surinamese. Boats take you deep into… READ MORE >>

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Uruguay travel information

The “Switzerland of South America” offers more than meets the eye: you can spend time with the cowboys on an estancia or head off-road for a gaucho adventure; hang out in Punta del Este, the playground of models and millionaires; or just … READ MORE >>

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Venezuela travel information

Take a bold step off the beaten backpacker trail and travel to Venezuela, where gas is cheaper than water, warm guesthouses replace your usual hostels, and incredibly diverse scenery will give you goosebumps all over… READ MORE >>

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Also in South America

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