South America may not be the first thing that springs to mind for most travelers, however South America can boast to have something for everyone. A life time alone could be spent traveling in South America from the budget conscious back backer to the comforts of the seasoned traveler South America has a little something for everybody.
The cuisine of South America varies greatly because of geography, latitude, and culture. Empenadas, tamales, and other dishes made with corn stretch over a long region, but so do ceviche and steak. The countries that have a long coastline naturally serve a lot of fish, while Argentina is also the undisputed king of beef. For lunch you can usually find some variation of the “meal of the day” anywhere. Beyond the simple restaurants and market stalls, high cuisine in South America is as high as many other parts of the world, especially in Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago, and Montevideo. Locals are quite demanding in these cities, so it is not just the tourists creating a demand for finer food. Naturally the wine regions of Chile and Argentina are also centers of gastronomy.
Areas of interest
Rio de Janerio; No trip would be complete without a trip to “Rio” a huge seaside resort with the famous Copacabana beach. This town is also famous for its Carnivals, and festivals, and flamboyant costumes. Don’t forget a visit to Mt. Corcovado with the impressive statue of Christ the redeemer, or maybe a ride via the gondola to the top of Sugarloaf mountain.
Galapagos Islands; The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans.
Machu Picchu; Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.
Mendoza; Mendoza, in Argentina’s Cuyo region, is the capital of Mendoza Province and the heart of Argentina's wine country, famed for Malbecs and other bold reds. Its many bodegas (wineries) are popular for tastings and tours. The city has wide, leafy streets lined with modern and art deco buildings, and 4 plazas surrounding Plaza Independencia, site of subterranean Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno.
Cartagena; Cartagena is a modern port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. At its core is the walled Old Town, with 16th-century plazas, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are the nearby shores of Isla de Barú and Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs and scuba diving.