South America

Home to the world’s biggest rainforest, largest river and tallest waterfall, South America is a continent of dizzying natural splendor.

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From spectacular Rio to secretive ruins

The colliding cultures of its indigenous people and its Spanish colonisers have given South America a fascinatingly eclectic man-made landscape. One of its great cities is a stylish, sprawling modern metropolis, famous across the globe for its carnival and beaches. The other is a mystical complex of 15th century Incan ruins, which was hidden from the outside world for more than three centuries. 

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Brightly coloured, fun-loving carnival queen Brazil has a wonderfully varied landscape. 

Its most famous city, Rio de Janeiro, sits at the confluence of mountains, beaches and rainforests. There’s plenty to see here – from the sights of Rio de Janeiro to the view over the city from Sugarloaf Mountain. There’s also lots to learn including how to mix the perfect caipirinha to how to dance the samba. The country’s natural wonders include Tijuca National Park, home to capuchin monkeys, coatis and toucans, and Iguassu Falls, a two-mile torrent on the Iguassu River, made up of more than 250 separate cascades.

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Argentina and Chile

Separated by the Andes, Argentina and Chile form the southern portion of South America, but are two very different countries. 

Argentina is dramatic, artistic and European, and Chile is relaxed, well organised and self contained. Discover Buenos Aires by going backstage at one of the greatest opera houses in the world and eating with a family, who’ll show you how to make bread. And join us in Chile, where you’ll get the chance to visit Torres del Paine National Park and look out for condors, rheas, guanacos and cougars. You’ll also learn how the New World’s renowned wines are made during a visit to a winery, sampling some of Chile’s best varieties over an alfresco meal.

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Peru and Ecuador

This harbour city situated on the south western tip of the island, is a real architectural delight. Dutch and Portuguese colonists that settled here, have left their mark on this city throughout history. You'll find historic forts, colonial villas and Dutch churches dotted around the quiet streets of Galle. This historic gem also has a laid back vibe with bohemian shops, pleasant cafes and tranquil beaches, which attracts visitors from all over the world.

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