There is an allure that draws many to travel to South America. This twelve nation region offers a rich treasure of experience to venturesome tourists. The magnificence of its natural landscape is a constant surprise. The influences of Spain and Portugal mix here with indigenous culture in a unique blend. A European lineage evident in local residents reveals foreigners have come to settle in the past.
Among many cities to visit Rio De Janeiro leads a pack including Buenos Aires, Santiago and Caracas. Bogota, Lima, Montevido, Punta del Este, Mendoza and La Paz are among this group as well. Mendoza located in the wine region of Argentina is a stop for wine lovers. Rio De Janeiro and Punta del Este have renowned urban beaches. The eco-resort of Praia do Forte and UNESCO heritage site of Cartagena are growing attractions. Curitiba is an urban planning superstar and has exported its BRT system all over the world.
Spanish culinary influence has mixed with local traditional food to give many of these national cuisines a characteristic flair. With over hundred varieties of potato in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia their dishes liberally feature this tubular vegetable. The cuisine of Venezuela and Columbia has a greater Spanish influence. Argentina is famous for its steaks. Chile has many seafood dishes. Food in Brazil reflects its native, African and Portuguese history.
In cities and resorts, international chains offer facilities for all family members. A limited selection of the fabulous nature sites that can be visited are described below. Adventurous traveling should not be done without experienced tour operators.
Off the southerly edge of the land mass lie the Galapagos Islands. This collection of islands reveals why it was so useful for Charles Darwin in his revolutionary research. Basically, this whole archipelago is a national park and reserve. Many species are indigenous and exclusive. Scuba diving is a natural respite from the verdant wildlife in this marine reserve. Anyone one seeking an adventurous break will likely want to venture into the magnificent Amazon rainforest. A reputed tour guide is a required accessory of any such plan.
The lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru is a mandatory stop for many travelers. It was unknown until discovery in 1911. It is a preserved remnant of an ancient culture whose monuments were largely destroyed by conquerors from Spain. In the south of Bolivia, is an amazing landscape. The Uyuni salt flats near the Tunupa volcano will stupefy with its stunning vista. After all it is where the largest salt desert is situated. Rest assured any intrepid visitors will leave with an unforgettable memory.
The largest fresh water lake of any country in the region can be seen in Lake Titicaca. It is also the highest one in our world. Its location is near the border of Bolivia and Peru. Iguazu Falls between Argentina and Brazil is another amazing site. Two hundred and seventy five waterfalls make this a grand vision for all eyes. A protected rainforest full of birds is the perfect setting for this jewel. Then there is the rugged beauty of contrasts that is Patagonia. A wild landscape of glaciers, mountains and lakes mark its rugged terrain.
Travel to South America to experience an enduring draw for sightseers. Treasured memories can be made here. One visit will most likely lead to another and more thereafter.