What to do and see in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and other South American countries

Not only does South America contain the largest rainforest, longest river and highest waterfall on earth it can also boast about being home to 5 of the top 17 most ecologically diverse countries in the world, those being Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Put simply South America is a must see destination for nature lovers looking to learn and experience mother nature at her finest with destinations such as the Galapagos islands, the Amazon jungle Iguazu Falls, Los Glaciares National Park and Peru's Machu Picchu high on every travelers list. South America's diverse cultural heritage including the Incas, Africans & Conquistadors have all played a major role in shaping the continent's unique cultural flare. We recommend travelers keep an eye out for the colorful handmade textiles on offer, taste the delicious range of fresh food (particularly Peru and Argentina) and exotic fruits of Brazil and Colombia, plus see or experience firsthand one of the many classes or shows in local dance, such as salsa, tango or samba. For travelers who enjoy laying on the beach they will be find themselves spoiled with choice throughout the majority of this magnificent continent with highlights including amazing city beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema beaches found in Rio de Janeiro to spectacular national parks that meet the Caribbean coast such as Tayrona National Park. If you need help planning your next big trip to South America, below are a few trip itinerary templates to get you started.