Steamy forests, snaking rivers and ice-clad volcanoes: it’s no surprise that outsiders have long been drawn to South America. This is a land of rich treasures, stretching from the frozen glaciers of Patagonia, through dense equatorial jungle and up into the northern hemisphere. Our map of South America will help you get your bearings.

With enough time to spare, you can marvel at the world’s highest waterfall, venture into the planet’s most diverse rainforests and road-trip across roof-of-the-world deserts that will – quite literally – take your breath away. Modern metropolises sparkle on the continent’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts, while further inland remote tribes observe traditions rooted in ancient history.

Dance the tango, seek spiritual enlightenment with a shaman, explore Inca ruins and see the plazas and churches built by the first Europeans. When it’s time to wind down, make a beeline for the beach – from Ecuador to Brazil, there’s no shortage of sandy spots to choose from.

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Off the tourist trail: 5 underrated towns and cities in South America

Off the tourist trail: 5 underrated towns and cities in South America

Elegant and artsy Buenos Aires and humid, hedonistic Rio de Janeiro are some of South America’s biggest urban draws, notching up hundreds of thousands of visi…

23 May 2019 • Steph Dyson insert_drive_file Article
Pyramids and human sacrifice: the top ancient sites in Peru

Pyramids and human sacrifice: the top ancient sites in Peru

The traces of human civilisation in Peru date back some 20,000 years, to nomadic peoples who crossed into the Americas via the Bering Straight during the last …

21 Mar 2019 • Jenny Cahill-Jones insert_drive_file Article
The 10 best restaurants in Punta del Este, Uruguay

The 10 best restaurants in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Every summer, Argentines and Brazilians flock to Uruguay’s glitzy resort Punta del Este to hang out. This usually means fiestas by night and catching up on sl…

21 Feb 2019 • Sorrel Moseley-Williams insert_drive_file Article
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