It is hard to make a list of just five places worth seeing in South America – the whole continent is simply incredible and offers way more to the traveller than you could possibly imagine.
Breathtaking nature, an incredible and rich history plus some delicious cuisines are all waiting to be explored. But, one of the best ways to discover this continent and the countries in is by spending some time sightseeing five of its major cities. They offer the opportunity to see the best of South America – nature, history and food - plus amazing architecture and people you will never forget meeting.
Here are our favourites.
Buenos Aires and its theatres (Argentina)
Argentina is considered as one of the most 'European' countries in South America, and its capital city Buenos Aires is a great example of why this is true.
Not only will you get a unique possibility to see the mix of French, Italian and Spanish cultures, but you will also better understand how this has blended together to create the unique and extraordinary Argentinean culture. And of course, where else then in Buenos Aires you can gaze your eyes upon and learn how to dance the tango? Or go to a play at the best theatres in the country?
For anyone visiting South America, Buenos Aires is a must-add to your itinerary - it's a city of endless possibilities.
Quito and its colonial history (Ecuador)
If you love history more than anything, and South America's golden age is the most interesting thing ever for you, then you simply must spend some time in Ecuador’s capital - Quito.
It is home to one of the best preserved colonial city centres of South America, so there is probably no better place to sightsee and learn about the past, the present and the future of South America. Apart from the rich history of the city, you should also enjoy the beautiful surroundings and views (especially from a rooftop cafe or bar!)
Cusco, Peru, and its seat of the Incas
If we are talking about what to see in South America, then we simply have to mention Cusco! This amazing town, surrounded by high mountains and forests is one of those places which has to be seen by everyone at one point of their lives! The Incan complex Saksaywaman on the outskirts of the city, with its beautifully fashioned stone walls and huge plazas provides an unforgettable viewing experience.
But that's not all!
With its amazing blend of colonial and Incan architecture, beautiful streets, authentic cuisine and churches, Cusco will provide you with one of the best experiences in South America if you are looking for the unique spirit of a Peruvian town with a bit of Incan spice!
La Paz and its museums (Bolivia)
For a little bit more South American culture, La Paz in Bolivia has all that you could wish for.
The town is home to a variety of museums, such Ethnography and Folklore Museum which focuses on the past, and present, of the incredibly diverse cultures of local indigenous groups which constitute 60% of the Bolivian population. Sightseers should definitely take one of the new 'cable-cars' to enjoy incredible views and perspectives over one of the highest cities in the world - it's mind-blowing!
After that, don’t forget to stop by at one of the Bolivian restaurants and enjoy traditional cuisine at a very affordable price.
Rio de Janeiro and the new wonder of the world (Brazil)
And of course, if you ever get a chance to spend a few nights in Rio – you should use that opportunity as soon as possible!
Rio is one of the most iconic cities in South America, with its towering Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain to its famous white beaches and many other wonderful places which are simply unmissable.
And, of course, there's the fantastic Rio Carnival which takes over the city each February, beautiful people and the fact that Rio is affordable for every budget - with both luxurious and cheap hotels which are perfectly suitable for all kinds of tastes and budgets.
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