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Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, '''South America''' is the wilder of the Americas and a continent of superlatives.
 
  
The world's biggest rainforest and second longest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside [[Asia]] (the Andes), remote islands ([[Galapagos Islands]], [[Easter Island]] and [[Fernando de Noronha]]), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's [[Northeast (Brazil)|Northeastern]] region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes ([[Patagonia]] & [[Tierra del Fuego]]), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m [[Angel Falls]], in Venezuela) and one of the largest ([[Iguaçu Falls]], Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.  
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Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, '''South America''' is the wilder of the Americas, and a continent of superlatives.
  
Besides, the work of man has also left rare gems on the continent: ruins of ancient civilizations ([[Machu Picchu]] and other Inca cities; the ''Moais'' in Easter Island) share the continent with world-class metropolises ([[São Paulo]], [[Buenos Aires]], [[Bogotá]], [[Caracas]], [[Lima]] and [[Rio de Janeiro]]), outstanding modern architecture ([[Brasilia]]), European architecture ([[Buenos Aires]]), the oldest rock paintings in the Americas (at the [[Serra da Capivara]]), strong [[Africa]]n heritage (in [[Salvador]], Rio and Montevideo), genuine indigenous ([[Belém]], [[Manaus]], [[Cuzco]], [[Lima]], [[La Paz]]), charming cities built in the Andes ([[Caracas]], [[Medellín]], [[Quito]], [[Santiago de Chile]]) and [[East Asia|Eastern]] culture (São Paulo's enormous [[Japan]]ese community), mingled with the fingerprints of [[Iberia]]n colonizers. [[Ushuaia]], the world's southernmost city and some of its biggest festivities, such as Rio's Carnival and Belem's ''Cirio de Nazaré'', the Tango World Championship, and the Vendimia festival in Argentina, are also part of this incredibly diverse and attractive continent.
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The world's biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside [[Asia]] (the Andes), remote islands ([[Galapagos Islands]], [[Easter Island]] and [[Fernando de Noronha]]), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's [[Northeast (Brazil)|Northeastern]] region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes ([[Patagonia]] & [[Tierra del Fuego]]), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m [[Angel Falls]], in Venezuela) and one of the largest ([[Iguaçu Falls]], Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.  
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The facts about South America''' which must be known:
 
1. The Driest place on earth is the Atacama Desert, in Argentina. It’s a place with virtually no vegetation; in some parts of Atacama Desert, it has never rained.
 
2. Highest peak of South America, Aconcagua, is also in Argentina. It is 22,834 feet high.
 
3. Venezuela is home to the highest uninterrupted waterfall, Salto Del Angel, at 979 meters.
 
4. Many of the most important discoveries of dinosaur fossils in the last 30 years were made in South America.
 
5. UNESCO has declared Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (Bolivia), Rapa Nui National Park (Chile), Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Colombia), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Central Suriname Nature Reserve (Suriname) and Jesuit Missions of La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarange (Paraguay) World Heritages Sites.[http://southamericatravelling.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/south-america-fun-facts/]
 
 
  
==Countries & Territories==
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Besides, the work of man has also left rare gems on the continent: ruins of ancient civilizations ([[Machu Picchu]] and other Inca cities; the ''Moais'' in Easter Island) share the continent with world-class metropolises ([[São Paulo]], [[Buenos Aires]], [[Bogotá]], [[Caracas]], [[Santiago de Chile|Santiago]], [[Lima]] and [[Rio de Janeiro]]), outstanding modern architecture ([[Brasilia]]), European architecture ([[Buenos Aires]]), the oldest rock paintings in the Americas (at the [[Serra da Capivara]]), strong [[Africa]]n heritage (in [[Salvador]], Rio and [[Montevideo]]), genuine indigenous ([[Belém]], [[Manaus]], [[Cuzco]], [[Lima]], [[La Paz]]), charming cities built in the Andes ([[Caracas]], [[Medellín]], [[Quito]], [[Santiago de Chile]]) and [[East Asia|Eastern]] culture (São Paulo's enormous [[Japan]]ese community), mingled with the fingerprints of [[Iberia]]n colonizers. [[Ushuaia]], the world's southernmost city and some of its biggest festivities, such as Rio's Carnival and Belem's ''Cirio de Nazaré'', the Tango World Championship, and the Vendimia festival in Argentina, are also part of this incredibly diverse and attractive continent.
  
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==Countries and territories==
 
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==Cities==
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* [[Bogotá]] — a city of contrasts with a hectic balance between the new and the old; the most cultural-minded of South American capitals
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* [[Buenos Aires]] — the city of tango, the most cosmopolitan city of Argentina
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* [[Caracas]] — one of the most cosmopolitan and modern cities in South America, there are lots of theatres, malls, museums, art galleries, parks, well-conserved colonial architecture and even gastronomic restaurants
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* [[La Paz]] — the highest national capital in the world that is built in a canyon
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* [[Lima]] — a curious mix of modernity, large but orderly slum areas, and colonial architecture
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* [[Montevideo]] — the pleasant capital city of Uruguay, situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata
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* [[Rio de Janeiro]] — famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laidback beach culture and its annual carnival
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* [[Santiago de Chile]] — capital of Chile with many museums, events, theatres, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities
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* [[São Paulo]] — a beehive of activity that offers a jovial nightlife and a diverse cultural experience
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
 
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* The [[Andes]]
* [[Amazonia]]
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* [[Canaima National Park]] — its main attraction is the Angel Falls, at 978m the highest waterfall on Earth
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* [[Easter Island]]
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* [[Iguaçu Falls]]
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* [[Machu Picchu]]
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* [[Galapagos Islands]]
 
* The [[Pantanal]]
 
* The [[Pantanal]]
* The [[Andes]]
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* [[Salar de Uyuni]]
 
* [[Tierra del Fuego]]
 
* [[Tierra del Fuego]]
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==Understand==
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
Getting to South America has gotten much easier in recent years owing to massive increases in flights to the continent by major global airlines. Although some particular places are still quite hard to reach (i.e. [[Paraguay]], [[Suriname]], northern [[Brazil]]), the places that you most likely want to go, such as [[Buenos Aires]] and [[Rio de Janeiro]], are more accessible than ever before.
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===By plane===
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Getting to South America has become much easier in recent years due to massive increases in flights to the continent by major global airlines. Although some particular places are still quite hard to reach (i.e. [[Paraguay]], [[Suriname]], northern [[Brazil]]), the places that you most likely want to go, such as [[Buenos Aires]] and [[Rio de Janeiro]], are more accessible than ever before.
  
*From '''Africa''': the only (reliable) options worth considering would be the South African Airways service linking [[Johannesburg]] with [[Sao Paulo]] and Buenos Aires or the Malaysian Airlines service between both major South African cities and Argentina([[Johannesburg]] via [[Cape Town]] to [[Buenos Aires]]). There are also connections between Luanda and Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia and Recife with Taag Angola Airlines. Do realize that demand between Africa and South America is very limited, so even the aforementioned services are infrequent and fares may be quite high.
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*From '''Africa''': the only (reliable) options worth considering would be the South African Airways service linking [[Johannesburg]] with [[Sao Paulo]] and [[Buenos Aires]] or the Ethiopian Airlines service between [[Addis Ababa]] and [[São Paulo]] via [[Lomé]]. There are also connections of TAAG Angola Airlines from [[Luanda]] to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. And Royal Air Maroc flies from [[Casablanca]] to São Paulo three times a week. Do realize that demand between Africa and South America is very limited, so even the aforementioned services are infrequent and fares may be quite high.
  
*From '''Asia''': Be prepared for a very long journey, especially if your itinerary includes connecting flights to travel to/beyond the major Asian and South American hubs. In addition to the aforementioned Malaysian Airlines flight to [[Buenos Aires]] (which does of course originate and terminate in [[Kuala Lumpur]]), there is a Japan Airlines service from [[Tokyo]]-Narita to [[Sao Paulo]] (via [[New York City|New York]]-JFK) and a Korean Air route between [[Seoul]]-Incheon and [[Sao Paulo]] (via [[Los Angeles]]). Do note that the Malaysian Airlines flight makes 2 stops en route, while the latter options involve a stop in the [[United States]] that will require all passengers, including those in transit, to pass through U.S. customs. Air China will restart flights between [[Beijing]] and [[São Paulo]] , via Madrid, in December 2009. If practical, consider the non-stop Emirates flight from [[Dubai]] to [[Sao Paulo]], currently the only direct link between the Asian and South American continents.
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*From '''Asia''': Be prepared for a very long journey, especially if your itinerary includes connecting flights to travel to/beyond the major Asian and South American hubs. There is a Korean Air route between [[Seoul]]-Incheon and [[Sao Paulo]] (via [[Los Angeles]]). Do note that the stop in the [[United States]] will require all passengers, including those in transit, to pass through US customs. Air China has flights between [[Beijing]] and [[São Paulo]] , via [[Madrid]]. Emirates has non-stop flights from [[Dubai]] to [[Sao Paulo]] and [[Rio de Janeiro]], this latter continuing services to [[Buenos Aires]]. Turkish Airlines has daily flights from [[Istanbul]] to São Paulo, continuing services to [[Buenos Aires]]. In 2011, Singapore Airlines started flights from [[Singapore]] to Sao Paulo via [[Barcelona]]. In 2012 Qatar Airways started its daily non-stop service from [[Doha]] to [[São Paulo]], continuing services to [[Buenos Aires]]. Ethiad Airways has a daily flight from [[Abu Dhabi]] to [[São Paulo]].
  
*From '''Australia, New Zealand''', and the '''South Pacific''': A somewhat surprising number of options exist. Both Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN (Chile) Airlines serve [[Auckland]] and [[Sydney]] from their respective hubs at [[Buenos Aires]] and [[Santiago]], while Qantas introduced a non-stop service between [[Sydney]] and [[Buenos Aires]] on November 24 2008. LAN (Chile) also operates one of the world's most obscure flights of all - a service linking [[Santiago]]-[[Easter Island]]-[[Tahiti]].
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*From '''Australia, New Zealand''', and the '''South Pacific''': A somewhat surprising number of options exist. LAN Airlines serve [[Auckland]] and [[Sydney]] from their hub at [[Santiago de Chile|Santiago]], while Qantas introduced a non-stop service between [[Sydney]] and [[Santiago]] on March 2012. LAN also operates one of the world's most obscure flights of all - a service linking [[Santiago de Chile|Santiago]]-[[Easter Island]]-[[Tahiti]]. From [[Perth]], Emirates and South African Airways provide affordable flights to South America with a stopover in their respective hubs, around 30 hours total flying time.
  
*From '''Europe''': The entire South American continent once lived under European colonial rule, and the resultant political, social, and economic ties between former colonies and colonizers remain quite strong even today. Portuguese flag carrier TAP Airlines is by far the leading foreign carrier to Brazil, serving a slew of destinations in North and East [[Brazil]] as well as the Brazilian capital [[Brasilia]] which otherwise have only limited or absolutely no other international connections. Spanish flag carrier Iberia flies to most of the former Spanish colonies, although neither [[Bolivia]] nor [[Paraguay]] are served. KLM flies between [[Amsterdam]] and [[Suriname]] and Air France links [[Paris]] with [[French Guiana]]. Of course, such services are not exclusive - KLM also flies to [[Lima]], TAP to [[Caracas]], Air France to [[Rio de Janeiro]], etc. Other leading European airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, and Alitalia also serve key South American gateways from their respective hubs, while South American airlines also operate into several major European cities as well.
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*From '''Europe''': The entire South American continent once lived under European colonial rule, and the resultant political, social, and economic ties between former colonies and colonizers remain quite strong even today. Portuguese flag carrier TAP Airlines is by far the leading foreign carrier to Brazil, serving a slew of destinations in North and East [[Brazil]], including direct connections from [[Lisbon]] to [[Porto Alegre]] in South [[Brazil]] and to the Brazilian capital [[Brasilia]] which otherwise have few other international connections. Spanish flag carrier Iberia flies to most of the former Spanish colonies, although neither [[Bolivia]] nor [[Paraguay]] are served. KLM flies between [[Amsterdam]] and [[Suriname]] and Air France links [[Paris]] with [[French Guiana]]. Of course, such services are not exclusive - KLM also flies to [[Buenos Aires]] directly from [[Amsterdam]], and to [[Lima]] as well, TAP to [[Caracas]], Air France to [[Rio de Janeiro]] and [[Lima]], etc. Other leading European airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, and Alitalia also serve key South American gateways from their respective hubs, while South American airlines also operate into several major European cities as well.
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*From '''North America''': Until very recently, it was virtually inconceivable to reach South America from anywhere other than [[Miami]]. Today, however, rapidly developing hubs at [[Atlanta]], [[Dallas]]/[[Fort Worth]], [[Fort Lauderdale]], [[Houston]], [[Mexico City]], [[New York City|New York]], [[Newark (New Jersey)|Newark]], [[Orlando]], [[Toronto]], and [[Washington, D.C.|Washington]]-Dulles offer viable alternatives. Indeed, airlines such as Air Canada, United and Delta Airlines have successfully begun to challenge the virtual monopoly once enjoyed by American Airlines to several key markets. American discount carriers such as Spirit Airlines and JetBlue (Azul in Brazil) have recently fought hard for and won several route authorities to serve the likes of [[Colombia]], Brazil and [[Peru]], bringing low fares to these markets for the first time. Recently, US Airways started a daily non-stop service from [[Charlotte]] to [[Rio de Janeiro]]. Given the US airlines' cutbacks in service, frequency, and cities served over the years, consider high quality Latin American carriers such as Avianca (to Colombia with daily non-stop flights to Bogotá, [[Medellín]], [[Cali]] and Cartagena), Copa Airlines (Panama's national airline to hits hub in Panamá City), LAN Airlines (Chilean carrier serving [[Chile]] direct and via several other countries), or TAM (to Brazil, including some non-stop flights to other Brazilian cities besides [[São Paulo]] and [[Rio de Janeiro]], like [[Belo Horizonte]], [[Brasilia]] and [[Manaus]]).
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===By car===
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Beware there are no roads connecting Panama with Colombia, hence it is not possible to drive from Central America. People overcome this problem shipping their cars from Colon for easier transportation (Atlantic side in Panama) to Cartagena or Barranquilla (Colombia), or from Panama City (Pacific side of the Panama canal) to Buenaventura (Colombia) or Guayaquil(Ecuador).
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The [[Pan-American Highway]] is a series of routes starting in Central America and running to the tip of South America (save for the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia). It's an interesting option for those with a good vehicle, plenty of spare parts, and a desire to explore the western edge of the continent.
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===By train===
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There are no rail connections between Panama and Colombia.
  
*From '''North America''': Until very recently, it was virtually inconceivable to reach South America from anywhere other than [[Miami]]. Today, however, rapidly developing hubs at [[Atlanta]], [[Dallas]]/[[Fort Worth]], [[Fort Lauderdale]], [[Houston]], [[Mexico City]], [[New York City|New York]], [[Newark]], [[Orlando]], [[Toronto]], and [[Washington]]-Dulles offer viable alternatives. Indeed, airlines such as Air Canada, Continental and Delta Airlines have successfully begun to challenge the virtual monopoly once enjoyed by American Airlines to several key markets. American discount carriers such as Spirit Airlines and JetBlue (Azul in Brazil) have recently fought hard for and won several route authorities to serve the likes of [[Colombia]], Brazil and [[Peru]], bringing low fares to these markets for the first time. Given the U.S. airlines' cutbacks in service, frequency, and cities served over the years, consider high quality Latin American carriers such as Avianca (to Colombia with daily non-stop flights to Bogotá, [[Medellín]], [[Cali]] and Cartagena), Copa Airlines (Panama's national airline to hits hub in Panamá City), LAN Airlines (Chilean carrier serving [[Chile]] direct and via several other countries), or TAM (to Brazil).
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===By boat===
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Some cruise liners cover the towns in the lower Caribbean (Cartagena, Santa Marta, Margarita Island). [http://www.royalcaribbean.com Royal Caribbean], [http://www.hollandamerica.com Holland America], [http://www.princess.com Princess Cruises] - [http://www.alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com].
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Some cruise companies also offer river cruises taking place on the Amazon River, these cruises stop at riverside cities like Manaus, Santerem and Alter Do Chao. These trips are often described as 'trips of a lifetime' or 'bucketlist cruises' and thus are incredibly desirable. [https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/blog/cruising-the-amazon-river-the-trip-of-a-lifetime Cruising the Amazon River: the trip of a lifetime]
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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===Visas===
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The Union of South American Nations gives visa-free access and a customs union between all countries in South America.
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
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International flights are generally expensive within South America and from South America to other parts of the world. Within each country the national domestic flights can be more reasonable.  Therefore, it may be more economical (cost wise) to fly to the border city of one country, cross the border by ground transportation and fly onwards from the other side of the border.  For example, for one to go from Lima to Santiago, the traveller might fly from Lima to Tacna, take a bus or taxi to Arica, and fly onwards from Arica to Santiago. 
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
There are no cross-country train services in South America, and with the exception of [[Argentina]] and [[Chile]], domestic networks are quite limited.  There are a number of very scenic "tourist trains" though, including the 445-km [[Quito]]-[[Guayaquil]] route in [[Ecuador]].
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There are no cross-country train services in South America, and with the exception of [[Argentina]] and [[Chile]], domestic networks are quite limited, such as a railway in Bolivia, from Oruro to Villazón, passing through Uyuni, Tupiza and some other places, and a railway in Brazil, linking regional capitals Belo Horizonte and Vitória.  There are a number of very scenic "tourist trains" though, including the 445km [[Quito]]-[[Guayaquil]] route in [[Ecuador]].
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
'''Buses''' are the main form of land transportation for much of the continent... for longer distances you're often better off flying.
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'''Buses''' are the main form of land transport for much of the continent... for longer distances you're often better off flying but if you like you can use the bus but it may be a longer drive.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
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'''[[Spanish phrasebook|Spanish]]''' is the official language in all countries except Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, and is widely spoken even in the countries that are not historically Spanish speaking. '''[[Portuguese phrasebook|Portuguese]]''' is the official language in [[Brazil]], which comprises about half the population and land area of the continent.  There are also many indigenous peoples living in South America who speak their own languages, and if you are really going off the beaten track, you might have to familiarize with them too. In Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, the official languages are '''English''', '''[[Dutch phrasebook|Dutch]]''' and '''[[French phrasebook|French]]''' respectively.
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==See==
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[[Image:Peru2 051.jpg|thumb|upright=1.3|Machu Picchu in [[Peru]]]]
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South America has some of the most incredible sights in the world but is a large continent and getting around it can be slow and difficult. The most popular things to see include the ancient ruins of [[Machu Picchu]] high up the Peruvian Andes. In terms of natural beauty it's hard to beat the stunning [[Iguazu Falls]] that span that three countries (Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay) and the unique Mount Roraima in the frontier between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. Delightful remnants of Spanish colonialism can be found in many countries but is perhaps best in [[Cartagena]], Colombia. Meanwhile exciting vibrant cities like [[Buenos Aires]] and [[Rio de Janeiro]][http://www.amazingbrazil.com] provide the best taste of urban life in 21st Century South America.
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==Do==
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South America is a magnificently varied part of the world and tremendously hospitable, South America offers many different alternative travel experiences and destinations. Most any adventurous activity can be enjoyed here in stunning and unique places. Rafting, trekking, jungle hikes, biking, zip lining, bungy jumping, diving, surfing, mountain climbing, para sailing, kite surfing, bird watching, discovering the huge variety of flora and fauna in the jungles and mountains, boating down the Amazon River. Amazing Peru & Beyond [http://www.amazingperu.com] is a operator in South America such a Classic Inca Trail, Galapagos, etc..
  
The dominant language by far in South America is '''[[Spanish phrasebook|Spanish]]''', which is the official language in all countries except Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. If you can only afford time to pick up one phrasebook, it makes sense to pick up the Spanish one as even in Brazil, many will be able to understand Spanish with some difficulty. The official language of Brazil is '''[[Portuguese phrasebook|Portuguese]]''', which is to some extent mutually intelligible with Spanish in written form. In Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, the official languages are '''English''', '''[[Dutch phrasebook|Dutch]]''' and '''[[French phrasebook|French]]''' respectively.
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
 
 
Wearing or carrying items which may identify you as an affluent tourist can be a mistake. You shouldn't pack anything that you would be upset to lose. Leave expensive jewelry, watches and other items of value at home and only carry what you need. That goes for credit cards and other documents as well; if you have no need for them leave them behind in the hotel safe, only take what money you are likely to spend with you.
 
Wearing or carrying items which may identify you as an affluent tourist can be a mistake. You shouldn't pack anything that you would be upset to lose. Leave expensive jewelry, watches and other items of value at home and only carry what you need. That goes for credit cards and other documents as well; if you have no need for them leave them behind in the hotel safe, only take what money you are likely to spend with you.
  
 
==Stay healthy==
 
==Stay healthy==
 
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Tap water in many countries is not drinkable, it's wise to purify your own or buy bottled water. [[Malaria]] and [[Yellow fever]] can be a risk as well on the continent, check with a travel clinic or your doctor before heading out to see if you'll be in a high-risk area.
Tap water in many countries is unpotable, it's wise to purify your own or buy bottled water. [[Malaria]] and [[Yellow fever]] can be a risk as well on the continent, check with a travel clinic or your doctor before heading out to see if you'll be in a high-risk area.
 
 
 
  
  
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Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the wilder of the Americas, and a continent of superlatives.

The world's biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside Asia (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls, in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls, Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.

Besides, the work of man has also left rare gems on the continent: ruins of ancient civilizations (Machu Picchu and other Inca cities; the Moais in Easter Island) share the continent with world-class metropolises (São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Caracas, Santiago, Lima and Rio de Janeiro), outstanding modern architecture (Brasilia), European architecture (Buenos Aires), the oldest rock paintings in the Americas (at the Serra da Capivara), strong African heritage (in Salvador, Rio and Montevideo), genuine indigenous (Belém, Manaus, Cuzco, Lima, La Paz), charming cities built in the Andes (Caracas, Medellín, Quito, Santiago de Chile) and Eastern culture (São Paulo's enormous Japanese community), mingled with the fingerprints of Iberian colonizers. Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city and some of its biggest festivities, such as Rio's Carnival and Belem's Cirio de Nazaré, the Tango World Championship, and the Vendimia festival in Argentina, are also part of this incredibly diverse and attractive continent.

Countries and territories[edit]

Cities[edit]

  • Bogotá — a city of contrasts with a hectic balance between the new and the old; the most cultural-minded of South American capitals
  • Buenos Aires — the city of tango, the most cosmopolitan city of Argentina
  • Caracas — one of the most cosmopolitan and modern cities in South America, there are lots of theatres, malls, museums, art galleries, parks, well-conserved colonial architecture and even gastronomic restaurants
  • La Paz — the highest national capital in the world that is built in a canyon
  • Lima — a curious mix of modernity, large but orderly slum areas, and colonial architecture
  • Montevideo — the pleasant capital city of Uruguay, situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata
  • Rio de Janeiro — famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laidback beach culture and its annual carnival
  • Santiago de Chile — capital of Chile with many museums, events, theatres, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities
  • São Paulo — a beehive of activity that offers a jovial nightlife and a diverse cultural experience

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Getting to South America has become much easier in recent years due to massive increases in flights to the continent by major global airlines. Although some particular places are still quite hard to reach (i.e. Paraguay, Suriname, northern Brazil), the places that you most likely want to go, such as Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, are more accessible than ever before.

  • From Africa: the only (reliable) options worth considering would be the South African Airways service linking Johannesburg with Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires or the Ethiopian Airlines service between Addis Ababa and São Paulo via Lomé. There are also connections of TAAG Angola Airlines from Luanda to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. And Royal Air Maroc flies from Casablanca to São Paulo three times a week. Do realize that demand between Africa and South America is very limited, so even the aforementioned services are infrequent and fares may be quite high.
  • From Asia: Be prepared for a very long journey, especially if your itinerary includes connecting flights to travel to/beyond the major Asian and South American hubs. There is a Korean Air route between Seoul-Incheon and Sao Paulo (via Los Angeles). Do note that the stop in the United States will require all passengers, including those in transit, to pass through US customs. Air China has flights between Beijing and São Paulo , via Madrid. Emirates has non-stop flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, this latter continuing services to Buenos Aires. Turkish Airlines has daily flights from Istanbul to São Paulo, continuing services to Buenos Aires. In 2011, Singapore Airlines started flights from Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. In 2012 Qatar Airways started its daily non-stop service from Doha to São Paulo, continuing services to Buenos Aires. Ethiad Airways has a daily flight from Abu Dhabi to São Paulo.
  • From Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific: A somewhat surprising number of options exist. LAN Airlines serve Auckland and Sydney from their hub at Santiago, while Qantas introduced a non-stop service between Sydney and Santiago on March 2012. LAN also operates one of the world's most obscure flights of all - a service linking Santiago-Easter Island-Tahiti. From Perth, Emirates and South African Airways provide affordable flights to South America with a stopover in their respective hubs, around 30 hours total flying time.
  • From Europe: The entire South American continent once lived under European colonial rule, and the resultant political, social, and economic ties between former colonies and colonizers remain quite strong even today. Portuguese flag carrier TAP Airlines is by far the leading foreign carrier to Brazil, serving a slew of destinations in North and East Brazil, including direct connections from Lisbon to Porto Alegre in South Brazil and to the Brazilian capital Brasilia which otherwise have few other international connections. Spanish flag carrier Iberia flies to most of the former Spanish colonies, although neither Bolivia nor Paraguay are served. KLM flies between Amsterdam and Suriname and Air France links Paris with French Guiana. Of course, such services are not exclusive - KLM also flies to Buenos Aires directly from Amsterdam, and to Lima as well, TAP to Caracas, Air France to Rio de Janeiro and Lima, etc. Other leading European airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, and Alitalia also serve key South American gateways from their respective hubs, while South American airlines also operate into several major European cities as well.
  • From North America: Until very recently, it was virtually inconceivable to reach South America from anywhere other than Miami. Today, however, rapidly developing hubs at Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Mexico City, New York, Newark, Orlando, Toronto, and Washington-Dulles offer viable alternatives. Indeed, airlines such as Air Canada, United and Delta Airlines have successfully begun to challenge the virtual monopoly once enjoyed by American Airlines to several key markets. American discount carriers such as Spirit Airlines and JetBlue (Azul in Brazil) have recently fought hard for and won several route authorities to serve the likes of Colombia, Brazil and Peru, bringing low fares to these markets for the first time. Recently, US Airways started a daily non-stop service from Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro. Given the US airlines' cutbacks in service, frequency, and cities served over the years, consider high quality Latin American carriers such as Avianca (to Colombia with daily non-stop flights to Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Cartagena), Copa Airlines (Panama's national airline to hits hub in Panamá City), LAN Airlines (Chilean carrier serving Chile direct and via several other countries), or TAM (to Brazil, including some non-stop flights to other Brazilian cities besides São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, like Belo Horizonte, Brasilia and Manaus).

By car[edit]

Beware there are no roads connecting Panama with Colombia, hence it is not possible to drive from Central America. People overcome this problem shipping their cars from Colon for easier transportation (Atlantic side in Panama) to Cartagena or Barranquilla (Colombia), or from Panama City (Pacific side of the Panama canal) to Buenaventura (Colombia) or Guayaquil(Ecuador).

The Pan-American Highway is a series of routes starting in Central America and running to the tip of South America (save for the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia). It's an interesting option for those with a good vehicle, plenty of spare parts, and a desire to explore the western edge of the continent.

By train[edit]

There are no rail connections between Panama and Colombia.

By boat[edit]

Some cruise liners cover the towns in the lower Caribbean (Cartagena, Santa Marta, Margarita Island). Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess Cruises - [1]. Some cruise companies also offer river cruises taking place on the Amazon River, these cruises stop at riverside cities like Manaus, Santerem and Alter Do Chao. These trips are often described as 'trips of a lifetime' or 'bucketlist cruises' and thus are incredibly desirable. Cruising the Amazon River: the trip of a lifetime

Get around[edit]

Visas[edit]

The Union of South American Nations gives visa-free access and a customs union between all countries in South America.

By plane[edit]

International flights are generally expensive within South America and from South America to other parts of the world. Within each country the national domestic flights can be more reasonable. Therefore, it may be more economical (cost wise) to fly to the border city of one country, cross the border by ground transportation and fly onwards from the other side of the border. For example, for one to go from Lima to Santiago, the traveller might fly from Lima to Tacna, take a bus or taxi to Arica, and fly onwards from Arica to Santiago.

By train[edit]

There are no cross-country train services in South America, and with the exception of Argentina and Chile, domestic networks are quite limited, such as a railway in Bolivia, from Oruro to Villazón, passing through Uyuni, Tupiza and some other places, and a railway in Brazil, linking regional capitals Belo Horizonte and Vitória. There are a number of very scenic "tourist trains" though, including the 445km Quito-Guayaquil route in Ecuador.

By bus[edit]

Buses are the main form of land transport for much of the continent... for longer distances you're often better off flying but if you like you can use the bus but it may be a longer drive.

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Spanish is the official language in all countries except Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, and is widely spoken even in the countries that are not historically Spanish speaking. Portuguese is the official language in Brazil, which comprises about half the population and land area of the continent. There are also many indigenous peoples living in South America who speak their own languages, and if you are really going off the beaten track, you might have to familiarize with them too. In Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, the official languages are English, Dutch and French respectively.

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Machu Picchu in Peru

South America has some of the most incredible sights in the world but is a large continent and getting around it can be slow and difficult. The most popular things to see include the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu high up the Peruvian Andes. In terms of natural beauty it's hard to beat the stunning Iguazu Falls that span that three countries (Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay) and the unique Mount Roraima in the frontier between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. Delightful remnants of Spanish colonialism can be found in many countries but is perhaps best in Cartagena, Colombia. Meanwhile exciting vibrant cities like Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro[2] provide the best taste of urban life in 21st Century South America.

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South America is a magnificently varied part of the world and tremendously hospitable, South America offers many different alternative travel experiences and destinations. Most any adventurous activity can be enjoyed here in stunning and unique places. Rafting, trekking, jungle hikes, biking, zip lining, bungy jumping, diving, surfing, mountain climbing, para sailing, kite surfing, bird watching, discovering the huge variety of flora and fauna in the jungles and mountains, boating down the Amazon River. Amazing Peru & Beyond [3] is a operator in South America such a Classic Inca Trail, Galapagos, etc..

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Stay safe[edit]

Wearing or carrying items which may identify you as an affluent tourist can be a mistake. You shouldn't pack anything that you would be upset to lose. Leave expensive jewelry, watches and other items of value at home and only carry what you need. That goes for credit cards and other documents as well; if you have no need for them leave them behind in the hotel safe, only take what money you are likely to spend with you.

Stay healthy[edit]

Tap water in many countries is not drinkable, it's wise to purify your own or buy bottled water. Malaria and Yellow fever can be a risk as well on the continent, check with a travel clinic or your doctor before heading out to see if you'll be in a high-risk area.Create category


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