Spotlight on South America

South America is home to the world’s largest tropical rainforest, southern most cape, and the highest navigable lake, along with a host of unspoiled regions, waterfalls, mountains, islands, lakes and rivers. Whatever your travel style, this eclectic mix of spectacular scenery and legendary places will make every day of your South American trip a memorable one.

Along with landscapes explorations, guides can teach you all you need to know about the people of the Amazon rainforest, the pre-Incan Uros living on floating islands in Lake Titicaca, and the Awamaki in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

You can also get involved in modern culture by taking a Samba class in Rio or a Tango class in Buenos Aires, visit a night club, or head to a dinner show and watch the professionals.  

Want to help preserve local communities and forests? South America is also home to a diverse range of eco-friendly travel options:

  • Rainforest retreats, some on stilts or floating in the Amazon River, let you waken to the sounds of the jungle.
  • Eco Camps in Patagonia provide comfortable Geodesic Domes that are resistant to the elements, complete with ceiling windows for viewing the night sky.
  • Palacio de Sal in Bolivia was the first salt hotel ever built. Sitting on the edge of a salt flat, the walls, ceilings, tables and chairs are built of salt with rooms resembling igloos built with salt blocks.

Whether you’re on a land escapade or exploring via trips from your cruise ship, South America is jam-packed with options for everyone. Be sure to check out this month's Top 10 List of Exotic Escapes for more suggestions of what this continent has to offer, and take a look at the Cruising article for sea options.

Photo: Lake Titicaca, Peru
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