South America Travel Guide

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Brazil

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Peru

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Argentina

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Colombia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Colombia/TravelGuide-Colombia.html

Ecuador

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Ecuador/TravelGuide-Ecuador.html

Chile

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Chile/TravelGuide-Chile.html

Venezuela

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Venezuela/TravelGuide-Venezuela.html

Bolivia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Bolivia/TravelGuide-Bolivia.html

Uruguay

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Uruguay/TravelGuide-Uruguay.html

Guyana

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Guyana/TravelGuide-Guyana.html

Paraguay

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Paraguay/TravelGuide-Paraguay.html

Suriname

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/Suriname/TravelGuide-Suriname.html

French Guiana

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/South_America/French_Guiana/TravelGuide-French_Guiana.html

Falkland Islands

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Rio de Janeiro

See all 3648 Rio de Janeiro Tips
  • Christ The Redeemer, Corcovado

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rio de Janeiro Things to Do

    This is it! My soul remaining shot of the Corcovado. Oh well to be honest my other shots were done late in the afternoon and against the sun. Unfortunately I lost most of my shots of the Christ the Redeemer in a camera mishap. The Corcovado and the statue of Christ the Redeemer (in Portuguese Christo Redentor) that sits on top of it, is certainly...

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  • Copacabana Palace

    Rio de Janeiro Hotels

    A veritable Rio landmark, Copacabana Palace continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the most...

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  • Porcão

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rio de Janeiro Restaurants

    This is the nicest and the most delicious Churrascaria in town. It's an all you can eat style restaurant. The salad back has everything from salads, breads, cheeses to sushi, sashimi and caviar. But the best part of the restaurant is the meat - chicken, pork, beef, lamb, etc. Bow-tied waiters walk around with giant skewers with meat, stopping at...

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Buenos Aires

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  • La Boca

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Buenos Aires Things to Do

    We have been advice to take a taxi and we did. This place has a reputation of being prone to more crime than central areas. Tourist areas are relatively safe, going beyond the unmarked borders (crossing a street can be enough) of the tourist area can put you at risk of trouble. This wonderfully colourful neighbourhood right next to the old port of...

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  • Alvear Palace

    Buenos Aires Hotels

    Spent three nights there in April 05. My eyes roll to the back of my head when I think of their...

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  • Cafe Tortoni

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Buenos Aires Restaurants

    In early November 2012 we visited this cafe with another American couple. One of us put his knapsack on the floor next to his foot, and five minutes later it was gone. The pickpockets and thieves in this town are smooth-- four of us at a table, near the back of the cafe, and none of us noticed the thief. What was most infuriating was that the...

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Salvador da Bahia

  • Pelourinho

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salvador da Bahia Things to Do

    The historical centre itself, which revolves around the Pelourinho quarter with its triangular place, is characterized by its fidelity to the 16th-century plan, the density of its monuments, and the homogeneity of its construction on a hilly and picturesque site which embellishes the urban scenery by providing steeply falling and ascending views of...

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  • Village Novo

    Salvador da Bahia Hotels

    We are in the hotel now. We arrived 2 days ago and we, my husband and I with our 2 children are...

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  • Sorriso da Dada

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salvador da Bahia Restaurants

    Don't let the exterior appearance deter you from eating at Dada. Once inside, you'll find a cozy room with paintings of the proprietor herself, Dada. She is a warm looking Afro-Brazilian woman usually depicted in traditional clothing and with a bright smile accented by a charming gap between her two front teeth. Too bad I didn't meet her while I...

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Cusco

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  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Located just a scant mile from Cusco, Saqsaywaman (Sacsayhuaman) was a huge Incan complex and a remarkable feat of engineering of which only a portion remains today. Sitting at an altitude of about 12,000 ft., it is difficult to grasp the enormity of the complex, as well as the overall structure and shape without seeing an aerial shot of this...

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  • Hotel Monasterio Cusco

    Cusco Hotels

    We didnt really think of coming here until we started mapping out a plan of our independant walking...

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  • Pacha Papa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Restaurants

    The evening after going to Machu Pichu, I went to this restaurant Pachapapa on the recommendation of the hotel I was staying at. The hotel provided the transportation so, it was an easy choice. i didn't want to explain directions to a taxi driver. I decided on the Lomo Saltado (I've never had it). The wait was not long (as expected on a rainy...

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São Paulo

See all 853 São Paulo Tips
  • Avenida Paulista

    4 out of 5 stars

    São Paulo Things to Do

    If you take your time to walk Avenida Paulista, the financial hub of Sao Paulo, you'll notice there are no shortage of sights, sounds, smells and sensory overload. There are places where artisans are selling their paintings, sculptures and crafts. These are often by the sides of the green space park plazas. The buildings are built with many...

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  • Renaissance Sao Paulo

    São Paulo Hotels

    Great, elegant hotel with all a five-star could offer. Located near the Paulista avenue, it is a...

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  • Figueira (Churrascaria)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    São Paulo Restaurants

    One of the most celebrated restaurants in São Paulo, A Figueira Rubaiyat gets its interesting name from the tropical fig tree that dominates the exterior dining room (figueira) and from the 11th century Persian poetry by Omar Khayyam (Rubaiyat). I wasn't sure what the connection was, other than that the owner of the restaurant was of Lebanese...

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Lima

See all 1198 Lima Tips
  • District Of Miraflores

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    We arrived on December 14 2013 and checked into the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores, Lima, Peru. It was located near the heart of Miraflores about 2 blocks from JF Kennedy Park where we went shopping and had a great variety of restaurant. We then walked to the seafront shopping mall of Larcomar. Great views here and we had our...

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  • JW Marriott Hotel Lima

    Lima Hotels

    We did not stay here, but it was pointed out to us as the hotel used for some of the VIPs that came...

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  • La Rosa Nautica

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lima Restaurants

    Dispite the media and local security guards warning, we found it extremely safe and secure in wandering around that market place, foods are extremely cheap, full of local people, just a few of us tourist. Spanish speaking in communication at all time, is a must, and of course, body language is a plus, just point to what you want or sit down and...

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Bogotá

See all 661 Bogotá Tips
  • La Candelaria - Downtown

    Bogotá Things to Do

    Downtown this is the clonial part of the city centre. Most buildings still preserve their original architecture. Going around Candelaria and its narrows street is also easy to find some pictorial spots and small shops where is possible to see and buy some hand made crafts.

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  • 101 Park House

    Bogotá Hotels

    I recommend two hotels. If you like little nice hotel with 5-star services look for '101 Park...

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  • Typical Colombian Dishes

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bogotá Restaurants

    This is a popular local dish, not a restaurant. You should be able to order it almost anywhere. It is a massive amount of food, so be very hungry or split it with a friend. It comes on a big platter, and includes 2 kinds of sausage, ground beef, beans and rice, fried pork rind, fried plantains, avocado, bread, and several things I can’t remember,...

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Santiago

See all 951 Santiago Tips
  • Cerro San Cristobal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santiago Things to Do

    If you are visiting Santiago in Chile one of the highlights has to be the Cerro San Cristobal. The hill of Cerro San Cristobal can be reached by foot, by car via the road or by riding the funicular. Once you arrive there is a final walk to the summit where you will find the with 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheater and...

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  • Radisson Plaza Santiago Hotel

    Santiago Hotels

    We stayed in Santiago last Nov, for our first night and our last night (before a morning departure)....

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  • By Bus

    Santiago Transportation

    By far the most common question that appears in the Chile page in VT is how does one get from the Santiago International Airport to Valpariso and the Valpariso Cruiste Terminal. From the Arturo Merino Benitez (Santiago Airport) go downstairs to baggage claim and out the door. You will see under the building a waiting area for Centropuerto Buses....

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Machu Picchu

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Manaus

See all 300 Manaus Tips
  • Take a trip along the river,...

    Manaus Things to Do

    You Can travel by boat along the Amazon river. It's about R$300,00 reais and you can be all day longer to see the river, the Aldeias, the animals. \you can take photos with the animals, bicho preguiça and Jacaré. Don't be afraid of them! You can eat in a restaurant on the water. The lunh is really good. Typical food. Come to Manaus and relax!

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  • Tropical Manaus

    Manaus Hotels

    In the shopping area of the hotel one of the gift shops sold these Piranha's they also sold them at...

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  • Bufalo Baby Churrascaria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manaus Restaurants

    While we were walking and exploring the smaller streets, we came across Rancho Bufalo, and just had to give it a try, we were hungry. I had never eaten in an all you can eat restaurant before, and to find one that is all you can eat meat, was just perfect. And it was amazing. At the time we went over 10 years ago, there was a little wheel on the...

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Quito

See all 1105 Quito Tips
  • Colonial Quito

    Quito Things to Do

    Next door to the Centro Banco de Ecuador is the Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus (Church of the Society of Jesus). We didn't have time to double back and see the interior of this church but it sounds like it's worth a stop being noted as Quito's most ornate church decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings. The architects used four...

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  • JW Marriott Hotel Quito

    Quito Hotels

    Traveled thur Quito on a Eco Tourism trip. The Marriott was unforgetable. Beautiful hotel in every...

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  • Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus

    Quito Things to Do

    Next door to the Centro Banco de Ecuador is the Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus (Church of the Society of Jesus). We didn't have time to double back and see the interior of this church but it sounds like it's worth a stop being noted as Quito's most ornate church decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings. The architects used four...

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Montevideo

See all 544 Montevideo Tips

La Paz

See all 380 La Paz Tips
  • Valle De La Luna

    4 out of 5 stars

    La Paz Things to Do

    The Valley of the Moon and the whole area around is pretty spectacular and so peaceful compared to La Paz itself. There is a new camping site just opened along the road - with amazing views, brand new toilets and showers, cool outdoor kitchen and hammocks with a pretty special view down the valley. We went trekking to the Devil's Molar nearby and...

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  • Residencial Rosario

    La Paz Hotels

    Hotel Rosario is pretty nice. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are very clean and...

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  • Local Buses

    La Paz Transportation

    The crowded little vans cover the whole city. Each have numbers and a list of destinations. The destinations are not in order, so A to B often becomes A to Z, then T, thorugh R before getting to B then A. Ask in the hotel which number goes to where. You pay between 1 and 3.5 Bol per journey. This is max of about 25p

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Caracas

See all 529 Caracas Tips
  • Avila National Park

    Caracas Things to Do

    Once in Caracas, you must go to Mariperez, where Avila M?gica (cable car station) its located. Go Up must take around 15 minutes, Will enjoy the view from the city while the car its going up. Dont stand up while the cable car its working. Be at your seat.

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  • JW Marriott Hotel Caracas

    Caracas Hotels

    This is said to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Caracas. It is located in El Rosal area, the...

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  • Airport / Arrival

    Caracas Transportation

    In the international airport u can find internet poin, mony changer, some fast foods, hotel reservation point for the hotel near the airport. If u have to go to /from the national to the international airport rememeber that the 2 building are separeted, u have to go out and wlk for 200 metrs, u don't need a taxi, but if u have a lot of luggage...

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San Pedro de Atacama

  • Moon Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    An interesting area with stones and sand formations that per millenia the floods and the winds have given it a series of colors and texture to the desert, it presents an extraordinary attractive by its similarity with the moon surface and the natural coliseo of great dimensions. From a great dune is possible to appreciate the wonderful and...

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  • Awasi

    San Pedro de Atacama Hotels

    Tocopilla 4, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • El Tatio geysers

    San Pedro de Atacama Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful when walking in between the many thermal sources and boiling water holes in El Tatio geothermal field: the ground crust is quite breakable and thin around most of the holes, since it is not always solid “ground”, but a series of rigid layers of carbonate that can break when stepped on; these are sometimes unnoticed, as they form...

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