• Colombia!

    Colombia: Caribbean Sea coast. Go Now!

    Although most of the people live inland, Colombia also has its share of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (pictured). Go Now!

  • Ecuador!

    Ecuador: Sally Lightfoot Crab. Go Now!

    The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador are home to incredible wildlife, such as the famous Galapagos Turtle and the lesser known, but more common Red Rock or Sally Lightfoot crab (pictured). Begin Your Journey!

  • Chile!

    Chile: Torres del Paine National Park. Go Now!

    The Andes dominate much of Chile, including the breath-taking Torres del Paine National Park (pictured). However, the country also hosts the world's driest desert and a thriving metropolis. Begin Your Journey!

  • Venezuela!

    Venezuela: Los Roques. Go Now!

    Rooted in Europe, Venezuela boasts an impressive history, culture, and beauty, including the Caribbean Coast (pictured). Explore Venezuela!

  • Bolivia!

    Bolivia: Salt flats. Go Now!

    This hidden gem is full of surprises, from the impressive salt flats (pictured) to the migrating flamingos. It also clings to the most historic indigenous culture on the continent. Explore Bolivia!

South America

Welcome to South America

South America is among the most untouched place on earth and the geography and plant life greatly contribute to keeping it that way. The continent is, in places, difficult to access or cross, giving the people distinct cultures and ways of life.

Although to many people South America may seem similar from region to region (with perhaps Brazil being an exception), in reality the continent is incredible diverse in terms of culture. Maybe the most obvious of these differences comes in Brazil, which was settled by the Portuguese, however, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana also had non-Spanish colonizers. In fact, this region became a destination for Indian immigrants and today maintains cultural aspects from Asia.

The way each part of the continent developed also gave each region a distinct atmosphere and culture. Parts of Brazil were occupied by African slaves and today have cultural aspects from Africa. Along much of the western coast the Spanish explorers and settlers married the locals, creating a unique culture merging aspects of Europe, such as the Spanish language, architecture, and Catholicism, but relying on local foods and way of life. Further into the Andes, particularly in Bolivia and Peru, the Aymara and Quechua have in places maintained additional aspects of their historic cultures, and in more ways than just architecture.

Creating even more diversity, some countries, such as Argentina and Venezuela have remained very closely tied to historic cultural roots in Europe as Argentina boasts great Italian, German, and Spanish foods. In fact, these countries, in addition to parts of Chile, Uruguay, and others, remain very closely tied to Europe in numerous cultural aspects and have more similarities to Europe than they, arguably, do to much of South America.

In addition to the many ethnic and historic influences, the landscape has also altered the lifestyle of many people in South America and the way of life in the high Andes is dramatically different from that in the Amazon River basin, the Caribbean coasts, or in one of the continent's major cities. There are many South Americas to be explored and no matter your goal, you can likely find it here, from beautiful vistas to diverse foods.

South American Countries: