Rio, Carnivale, Tango, Machu Picchu, Incas, El Dorado (the lost city of gold) or Conquistadores – these are all names that take your imagination instantly to the intriguing and amazing continent of South America.
This is a continent of so many superlatives: the Atacama Desert in Chile – the driest in the world, the Amazon River – the longest in the world, the Amazon rainforest – the largest in the world, Lake Titicaca – the highest in the world with its famous floating reed islands that are home to the Uros people and of course, the Iguassu Falls – the largest waterfall system in the world.
Golden beaches, vibrant cities, soaring mountains, glaciers and icebergs, the Nazca Lines’ mysterious drawings which can only be distinguished from a height, large plains of pampas at the foot of the Andes Mountains where the gauchos (South American cowboys) tend their herds, down to Ushuaia, the launching place for most of the cruises to Antarctica, all simply add to the stunning diversity of this continent. Explore the rainforests and see birds with the most dazzling array of colours that will leave you agape, or be rendered breathless at the sight of a jaguar or panther moving silently through the undergrowth.
Visit Easter Island with its giant moai statues which add some intrigue to the mix or the Galapagos Islands with their unique flora and fauna that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. Explore the islands to see blue-footed boobies, iguanas and giant tortoises, or enjoy snorkeling or diving the waters on the look out for other unique species.
The history, geography, people and biodiversity of this continent offer so much to the traveller. No matter what you are looking for: from culture to adventure and all things in between, South America has it all and begs you to picture yourself visiting at least once in a lifetime, but will once be enough?