South America Travel Guide

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Brazil

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Peru

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

Argentina

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

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

Paraguay

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

Guyana

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

Suriname

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

Falkland Islands

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

French Guiana

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

Buenos Aires

See all 4781 Buenos Aires Tips
  • La Boca District

    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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Rio de Janeiro

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Cusco

See all 1088 Cusco Tips
  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Located just a scant mile from the center of 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...

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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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Bogotá

See all 663 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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São Paulo

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  • 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 1204 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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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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  • Bahiacafe Hotel

    Salvador da Bahia Hotels

    very good location, nice decorated house very freindly helpful staff beautiful decorated room very...

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  • Barravento

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salvador da Bahia Restaurants

    This is, as announced before, the second sea food tip for the phantastic Barravento restaurant which I thoroughly enjoyed. This time around we're having lunch at 4:00PM, I'm not really hungry but with a tremendous appetite, so I order the 2 cheapest seafood items on the menu because all I really want is a good snack and this I got.... First the...

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Santiago

See all 955 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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  • Grand Hyatt Santiago

    Santiago Hotels

    The best hotel in all of Santiago! Very Cool place with unique architecture. The restaurants on the...

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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

See all 665 Machu Picchu Tips
  • Huayna Picchu

    5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    You will have to climb for a very narrow path, it will take you 45 minutes to 1 ½ hour to complete it and you will arrive to a plce where you will see and amazing landscape of Machu Picchu Citadel, it will take you 45 minutes to go down. The time depends of you physical condition. There is also A Temple of Moon, but The track to the temple of the...

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  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

    Machu Picchu Hotels

    Av. Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 L-3, Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley, Peru

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Combined Suggestions

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Restaurants

    Having already mentioned that we took advantage of the buffet lunch at the Tinkuy Restaurant which was included in our tour, I'd still like to mention 2 more options for where to eat during your time at Machu Picchu -- 1) The "Tampu Restaurant Bar" -- located inside the Sanctuary Lodge, offers fine dining in a nice setting with a view for lodge...

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Quito

See all 1111 Quito Tips
  • Colonial Quito

    Quito Things to Do

    In the corner of Rocafuerte and García Moreno, next to Arco de la Reina, is the Iglesia and Monasterio de Carmen Alto. The convent was founded already in 1653 and it is built where Santa Mariana de Jesús, the first Catholic saint of Ecuador, lived between 1618 – 1645. The Carmelite nuns makes sweets like cockies and chocolate and it is sold from a...

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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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  • From Quito to Secret Garden Cotopaxi

    Quito Transportation

    Secret Garden is a popular hostel in Quito, but they have also got a hostel on the foothills of Vulcán Pasochoa, with a view towards Vulcán Cotopaxi. To go there by public transportation would be a little tricky and it would also include some walking. Therefore it is very good that Secret Garden in Quito organize transport to their hostel near...

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Montevideo

See all 551 Montevideo Tips
  • Plaza Independencia

    4 out of 5 stars

    Montevideo Things to Do

    We paused here while walking about the city and enjoyed the fascinating architecture of some of the surrounding buildings. Photographers, be sure to have your zoom lens so you can capture the width of the square as well as building details.

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  • Hotel Palacio

    Montevideo Hotels

    I fell in love with this nice hotel, in the heart of Montevideo. It's located right behind la plaza...

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  • Panini's

    4 out of 5 stars

    Montevideo Restaurants

    Panini's provides an excellence of service and ambiance that one doesn't expect in laid back Uruguay. Often the food is sublime, but there are potholes along the way. Their breads are delicious and varied. Two pastas were wonderful a Sorrentino Caprese featured tender raviolis filled with a mouth-watering melted, gooey cheese filling and elegantly...

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Caracas

See all 530 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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La Paz

See all 382 La Paz Tips
  • Valle De La Luna

    4 out of 5 stars

    La Paz Things to Do

    We had a good look at Valle De La Luna even though we were there for only a couple of hrs. What impressed us most is the silence that is experienced there. It was well worth visiting. Enjoy my photos of the Valley of the Moon. Gerry, the_dutchman

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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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San Pedro de Atacama

  • Moon Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    Wonderful landscape ! You shouldn't miss it ! Book a tour that will take you to Death Valley and then you will have the chance to enjoy an unforgettable sunset here. On the way you will stop at Tres Marias, a rock formation that looks like three women preying, with a lot of imagination, of course... Then you will have a look at the salt flat...

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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

    There is a very strong geyser which has taken the lives of some tourists who dared defy it. They tried to walk on the natural bridge over its hole but with a sudden turn of wind they were choked , fell into it and scorched to death. It's called the "killer"...So don't walk very near it or on the small bridge.

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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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  • El Torro Loco

    5 out of 5 stars

    Manaus Restaurants

    This place was great, make sure you go hungry. They had Sushi, pasta, every kind of meat and fish prepared 20 different ways. Also all the side dishes you could imagine. The meal ended with a half a pineaple smothered in grenadine. They had a great duck soup, also the garlic butter went well with all the meats.

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