South America — Introduction
The countries of South America are so steeped in history, culture and colour they almost defy description. From the samba of Rio’s Ipanema Beach to Chile’s great glaciers, the abundant wildlife of the Amazon Basin to the gauchos working Argentina’s expansive ranches – it’s a continent rich in experiences beyond expectation.
Yet little is known of South America – much of the indigenous flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest and Costa Rica remains unidentified. So it’s perfect for explorers.
Venture to the Andes mountain range, journey along the Panama Canal, get your head into the clouds in some of the highest spots on earth in Bolivia, El Salvador and Peru, and spot Right Whales off the coast of Argentina’s Patagonia. But when you want to relax there are also many havens for beach-lovers such as Venezuela’s Isla de Margarita’s long stretches of white sand.
South America has so much for sightseers but its people make it really thrilling. The continent is home to indigenous tribes, and their traditions and history have created the most colourful culture.