SOUTH AMERICA is the southern continent of the Americas, situated entirely in the Western Hemisphere and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. South America is home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela; the largest river (by volume), the Amazon River; the longest mountain range, the Andes (whose highest mountain is Aconcagua at 6,962 m (22,841 ft)); the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert; the largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest; the highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia and the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca.
The Second Largest Country in South America with Buenos Aires as its Capital city. Behind Buenos Aires, the land of the Pampas begins.
Many towns with historical centres that go back to colonial are worth visiting.
In the west, the Andes mountains offer great outdoor opportunities: hiking, skiing and much more. Patagonia, the far south of Argentina is a rugged and cold land. The area around Ushuaia, southern most city of the counrty, is mild in October to May. It is great for the lovers of nature and wildlife; big glaciers that go directly into the Barney, birds, seals and other arctic animals abound.
In the northwestern corner of this dreamed land, deserts and steppes are the most common geographical sites; and in the northeastern part of the country, Iguazú Falls, complete all kinds of features existing on the Earth… all in one beautiful country.
The official language of Argentina is Spanish.
The north is characterized by very hot, humid summers with mild drier winters, and is subject to periodic droughts. Central Argentina has hot summers with thunderstorms The southern regions have warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, especially in mountainous zones.
Besides many of the pasta, sausage and dessert dishes common to continental Europe, Argentines enjoy a wide variety of indigenous creations, which include empanadas (a stuffed pastry), locro (a mixture of corn, beans, meat, bacon, onion, and gourd), humitas and yerba mate, all originally indigenous Amerindian staples, the latter considered Argentina’s national beverage.
Tango, the music and lyrics, is Argentina’s musical symbol. The Milonga dance was a predecessor, slowly evolving into modern tango.
Even those who know nothing of it are permeated with images of its beautiful beaches and beautiful people. Rio de Janeiro’s reputation precedes itself, being the must-see city of any Brazilian visit. It is divided into several areas: Copacabana, Ipanema, Centro, and Leblon. Each of these areas has a distinct flavor to them, for just like the rest of the Brazilian culture, the influences are vast and the interests are varied!
Climate – Summer is December through March and Winter is June through September
Places of Interest in Brazil
Rio De Janerio – Sparkling waters, beautiful people, historic neighborhoods and museums, mixed with rich sounds of Samba and a thriving nightlife have all come to give Rio de Janeiro its reputation as one of the most striking cities in the world.
Igguasu Waterfalls – The Iguassu Falls and National Park offer the visitor an experience one-on-one with nature. Explore one of the world’s greatest waterfalls on foot or from a boat that gives you a view of the water falling from below.
Amazon – The Amazon houses the most diverse collection of plants and animals in the world- containing 10% of the worlds species and 20% of all higher plant and bird species.
Sao Paulo – The metropolis of Sao Paulo is the biggest city in Brazil. Sao Paulo is also the commercial and business capital of Brazil.
Brasilia – This city is the site of the greatest city planning project in the world. Brasilia is the capital of Brazil and has beautiful architecture by Oscar Neidermeyer.
CHILE – Located along the Pacific coast of South America, Chile is a long and narrow country with Spanish as its local language.
Climate – The climate is , Mediterranean climate with typically hot, dry summers and mild, moist winters. Spring, between September and November is mild, which contributes to the flourishing green color of the plants and trees. Summer, between December and February, is dry and hot with temperatures that can reach over 30°C (87º F) and cooling down at night.
Places of Interest in Chile
Santiago City – Commercial city with Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins as Santiago’s main avenue. The main commercial activity of the city is concentrated in two pedestrian areas, Huerfanos and Ahumada. Travellers prepared to venture beyond their hotel lobbies will be rewarded by colonial churches, lively markets, colourful streetlife and a surprisingly varied restaurant scene and nightlife.
Puerto Varas – is a city located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region. The city is well known for its German traditions, its food, its fish and seafood, the natural environment, its casino and 4 star hotels.
URUGUAY – As South America’s smallest Spanish-speaking country, Uruguay is often overlooked by tourists visiting the region. However, with its vibrant nightlife and stunning coastline Uruguay is well worth discovering.
Climate – Uruguay has an exceptionally fine temperate climate, with mild summers and winters. Summer is from December to March and is the most pleasant time; winter and spring can get chilly due to wind and rain, but temperatures remain dependably above freezing.
Food – The Asado is the typical Uruguayan food by excellence. The traditional Uruguayan Asado is cooked in a special oven, called parrillero, in which the meat is cooked over wood fire.
Places of Interest in Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento – The city is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The historical section of Colonia, which has some cobblestone streets built by the Portuguese in the 17th century, it is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to walk all around.
Montevideo – The Capital of Uruguay. The newcomer’s eye sees mostly miles of fields, green with corn and beans in the summer, white with dunes of windswept snow in the winter. Montevideo remains a wonderful, comfortable place to live. The city is green and beautiful, with rivers, parks and bike trails winding through.