Colorful is the best word to describe the continent of South America, along with adventurous, mysterious, lively and exciting.
Explore the rainforests and jungles of theAmazon River searching for rare and endangered species. Enjoy Carnivale inRio. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Incans atMachu Picchu. Stroll the exquisite boulevards ofBuenos Aires, and explore the romance ofChile. Sail the remarkable volcanicGalapagos isles. Stand face to face with the grandeur of thePanama Canal. Or simply relax with a cocktail in hand as you listen to local musicians serenade you and walk on the beautifulBrazilian beaches. This exotic, mysterious and magical region of the world is a feast for all five senses. South America’s colorful culture
Buenos Aires, Argentina – In the “Paris of South America,” find ten million portenos passionate about futbol, tango and theater at midnight. A short flight away, Iguazu Falls roars in the jungle. One of the pleasures of this cosmopolitan city is simply absorbing its charm and flavor, from Parisian-style confiterias cafés, to the popular tango clubs. Enjoy a romantic walk through one of the city’s many pristine parks or along its wide boulevards.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Founded in the early 16th century, Rio was once the capital of Brazil. It remains the nation’s cultural and spiritual center, a dazzling amalgam of Latin and African cultures, its stunning setting and joyous lust for life make Rio a cidade maravilhosa, “marvelous city.” . Rio’s way of life is in its mixture of Afro-Brazilian music, spiritualistic cults and exotic cuisine. It is this intriguing blend that creates an atmosphere exclusive to Rio.
Manaus, Brazil – Travel down the mighty Amazon to where the black waters of the Rio Negro mix with the tan waters of the Solimoes and you’ll find Manaus. Known as the “Paris of the Jungle” during the rubber boom around the turn of the century, Manaus was carved out of the heart of the tropical Amazon region. Modern Manaus is a dichotomy of vintage mansions and contemporary skyscrapers, surrounded by the largest rain forest on earth.
Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile Founded in 1536, Valparaíso is Chile’s oldest city. It is also the gateway to Chile’s central valley and the capital of Santiago. Santoago is a lush, irresistible tangle of serpentine streets, steep hills and 15 ascensores – ingenious antique trams. Snow-capped peaks of the Andes chain provide a dramatic backdrop. Tastefully laid out public gardens contribute to the beauty of the city.
Montevideo, Uruguay Uruguay is nestled between the continent’s two giants, Brazil and Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city, is located at Uruguay’s southernmost point on the Rio de la Plata. Montevideo is a riverside capital. The narrow streets of the old port district have immense colonial charm, its residential areas contain villas with lovely gardens, and its hilly topography adds another dimension entirely.
Punta Arenas, Chile Punta Arenas lies atop rolling hills, looking out over the Strait of Magellan. In the days before the Panama Canal, this was a major port as ships plied the waters of Cape Horn. Punta Arenas remains a prosperous town, today, thanks to its rich natural resources. Red roofs and smoking chimneys decorate the gently sloping hillsides of Punta Arenas (Sandy Point), the bustling center of one of the world’s largest sheep farming areas.
Punta Del Este, Uruguay - Referred to as the “Riviera of South America,” Punta del Este is a world class beach resort. Located at the tip of a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic, it is home to fine white sand beaches connected to azure waters to pine forests. Eucalyptus and mimosa trees lend their scent to the evening air. This is probably the only place in the world where cocktail parties begin at 3:30 in the morning.
Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil - Sao Paulo is the 3rd largest city in the world and boasts the largest dock area in Latin America and is considered the world’s foremost coffee port. A city of mostly modern buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and wealthy suburbs, Santos retains a charm that has not been extinguished by the development of an enormous port complex.
Lima (Callao), Peru - Lima is a bustling city filled with beautiful Spanish architecture, splendid museums and ancient ruins. Enjoy the scenic gardens and fountains of Lima’s main square and tour the Presidential Palace, its city hall and cathedral. The handsome old buildings from the earliest colonial days surrounding.