Peru is a country of diverse landscapes encompassing the lush Amazon rainforest and the arid coastal deserts, the snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains and the stunning high altitude Lake Titicaca. Nature lovers will be overwhelmed at the flora and fauna on display whilst for history buffs, the vibrant cities of Lima and Cusco will keep you entertained with colonial buildings and ancient treasures. Witness the puzzling Nazca lines or hike the legendary Inca Trail and the fabled Lost City of Machu Picchu. For a detailed list of top spots in Peru, click on the image above.
Bolivia boasts some of the world’s driest, saltiest and swampiest natural landscapes on earth. Add to this one of the largest indigenous populations in the continent and you have a traveller’s paradise. Visit La Paz – ‘the city that touches the clouds’, the silver mines of Potosi and the hallucinogenic salt flats of Uyuni on a 4x4 adventure. Click on the image above for a detailed list of sights to see in Bolivia.
Ecuador is packed full of contrasts and its range of offerings for the intrepid traveller is nothing short of astounding. All roads lead from the UNESCO-listed Quito, a vibrant and charming capital with a beautiful colonial centre. From here, visit the tropical diversity of the Amazon River basin in dug-out canoes and learn about the unique plants, creatures and people of the region. Shopaholics will find plenty to fill their bags in Otavlo, a colourful Indian market and the largest handicraft market in South America. For a detailed info on all the sites to see in Ecuador, click on the image
Powdery white sand beaches stretch for more than 7000km along palm tree lined coast, fronting the deep blue Atlantic with many pristine colonial towns to be discovered along the way. The party starts in Rio de Janeiro, whilst history buffs will enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets of Paratí, an old colonial pirate town. Nature lovers will be overwhelmed at the wildlife on display in the vast wetlands of the Pantanal National Park and the highlight of any holiday to Brazil is sure to be a visit to the mighty Iguazu Falls! Click on the image above for detailed info on each of the highlights of Brazil.
Who could ignore the allure of Buenos Aires, ‘the Paris of South America’ with its beautiful parks, legendary nightlife and of course, home to the sexy tango and the world’s best steak! Argentina encompasses a vast array of geography from the bio-diverse Ibera wetlands to the glacial fields of Patagonia with the national parks of Fitzroy and Tierra del Fuego in between. The Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls offers impressive views of the mist-shrouded Devil’s Throat whilst the Perino Moreno glacier puts on a breathtaking show as chunks of ice crash into the surrounding waters. For detailed info on each of Argentina's top spots, click on the image above.
Chile stretches over half of the South American continent, from the world’s driest desert to the massive glacial fields of Patagonia. Along the way you’ll find perfectly-shaped volcanoes, impressive geysers, snow-capped mountains and gorgeous lakes. See Chile’s very own Lake District and marvel at the Villarrica Volcano or watch the comic antics of the Magellanic penguin colony at Punta Arenas. Explore the eroded salt mountains and lunar landscapes of San Pedro de Atacama, discover the great shopping, fascinating history and varied culture of modern Santiago and head to the neighbouring vineyards for some of South America’s finest wines. For detailed info on the top spots to see in Chile, click on the image above.
Paraguay is both rustic and sophisticated, and is an eclectic mix of exotic natural landscapes, rural villages and colonial towns. The country is perhaps best known for its wild and vast Gran Chaco region where gauchos, traditional cowboys, herd their cattle on magnificent horses, dressed in traditional outfits. The capital Asuncion is a heady mix of beautiful 18th century architecture and sparkling new malls, a pleasant riverfront crammed with grand government buildings and municipal palaces, and thriving international cuisine. For detilaed info on each of Paraguay's top spots, click on the image above
The thriving capital of Montevideo offers an eclectic blend of many cities and architectural styles with an interesting old city and an international port. Outdoor markets come shoulder to shoulder with glitzy indoor malls and the capital has a great restaurant scene and flourishing cafe culture. The charming riverside city of Colonia de Sacramento is another star attraction with an UNESCO listed historical centre surrounded by fascinating museums and old churches. Finally, the well-presented town of Salto is the perfect place to kick back for a day or two with delightful parks and nearby hot springs. For more info on each of Uruguay's top spots, click on the image above.