South America Travel Guide

  • Punta del Este
    by Cockleshell
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    by Cockleshell
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    Sunset at Arpoador - best in Rio
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Buenos Aires

See all 4840 Buenos Aires Tips
  • Recoleta Cemetery - Cementerio de la...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Buenos Aires Things to Do

    The cemetary is beautiful and unique - i've never seen anything like it! You probably don't need a ton of time - a lot of the tours are LONG for looking at a bunch of similar sepuclres, but definitely worth going (and free!) If you go on a Saturday, there is an amazing artesanal fair that has beautiful crafts and jewelery and little matés and wool...

  • 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...

  • Cafe Tortoni

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Buenos Aires Restaurants

    This is a lovely place to visit, have a coffee, or even watch the tango show in the evenings. It is not expensive at all compared with other cafes. I saw many paintings of famous people, the statues of Jorge Luis Borges plus Carlos Gardel and other well known Argentinian personages. Service is fast and good. I saw even pictures of our writer...



See all 1112 Cusco Tips
  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    The ruins are still pretty much in a natural state although preservation work has begun. The fortress was built by the Inkas in the 1300's on the site of earlier occupations. it commands a view over the city of Cusco in the valley below.

  • Hotel Monasterio Cusco

    Cusco Hotels

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

  • 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...


Rio de Janeiro

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  • Christ The Redeemer, Corcovado

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rio de Janeiro Things to Do

    This is probably the most famous attraction in Rio De Janeiro which is called Christ the Redeemer who has overlooked the city and the beautiful beaches of Rio since 1931. Paul Landowski, a French sculptor created the statue and it was constructed by the Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa, along with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Landowski was...

  • Copacabana Palace

    Rio de Janeiro Hotels

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

  • 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...



See all 665 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.

  • Hacienda Royal Hotel

    Bogotá Hotels

    156,000 pesos (approx US$72) Breakfast included in this upscale hotel, also very attentive service....

  • 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,...


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...

  • Bahiacafe Hotel

    Salvador da Bahia Hotels

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

  • 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...


Machu Picchu

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    As I mentioned in my Phuyupatamarca campsite tip, we began our fourth and final day on the Camino Inca by hiking up to see the beautiful snowcapped peaks of the Salkantay (6270 m) and Veronica (5680 m) mountains (see the 360º video Sylvain shot at the top). I was finally feeling much better and the altitute sickness symptoms completely wore off as...

  • 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...



See all 1224 Lima Tips
  • Museos - Museums

    Lima Things to Do

    Founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926, it displays a carefully cataloged and displayed history of Peru through its archaeology. The museum was transferred to Lima in the 1950s. It was been enlarged through various acquisitions and underwent a major renovation from 2006-2010, The various timelines throughout the museum are extremely helpful in...

  • 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...

  • 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...


São Paulo

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See all 976 Santiago Tips
  • Plaza de Armas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Plaza de Armas is the very core of Santiago. It is here that the founder of Santiago, and the leader of the Spanish Conquistadores, Pedro de Valdivia built his home (which is now the Correo Central aka Post Office).

  • Grand Hyatt Santiago

    Santiago Hotels

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

  • Metro

    Santiago Transportation

    Subway system is cheap and efficient making it a great way to get around but be very careful with your wallet/purse. Pickpockets are very quick. I was very much on guard but took my hand off my pocket for about 30 seconds on a crowded train. This was just long enough for someone to snip the wallet. Don't carry much cash, cards and don't wear...



See all 1138 Quito Tips
  • Colonial Quito

    Quito Things to Do

    This Dominican church was founded in 1586 and is in the southern part of the old town. it sits in a large square which is a major bus hub. The square is used for festivals throughout the year along with a locals just hanging out.

  • Four Points by Sheraton Quito

    Quito Hotels

    I knew this hotel as the Sheraton Quito, but I suppose that it was, at least at one time, a Four...

  • ATM machine is plentiful around

    Quito General

    We travel with three credit cards and this always activated from our bank before the trip. We saw one atm machine in Independence Square and wanted to withdraw money, but none of the three cards are working. With the same cards we pay our hotels, restaurant and shops and this work perfectly, but withdrawing cash it doesn't work (strange). We try a...


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...

  • 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.



See all 565 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.

  • Sheraton Montevideo Hotel

    Montevideo Hotels

    Okay, so if anyone has read any previous pages, I'm not a fan of chain hotels but this was booked by...

  • Panini's

    4.5 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...


La Paz

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  • 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

  • Residencial Rosario

    La Paz Hotels

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

  • 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



See all 573 Cartagena Tips
  • Grecia Cafe Y Suvlaki

    Cartagena Restaurants

    The first time I had Greek food was a couple of years ago in Florida in a town called Tarpon Springs, and I really liked it. Actually, I was in Greece many years ago (but only in transit) and managed to take a few hours quick tour of Athens. Didn't have the chance to try the local food then. Well, on our last evening in Cartagena while we were...


    Cartagena Hotels

    This is a beautiful hotel but not worth the money to stay here...especially not worth having your...

  • Museo de Arte Moderno

    Cartagena Things to Do

    This small modern art museum features local artists in the city's former customs house. The customs house was built in the 17th century. Today this museum in the plaza San Pedro features the work of local artist.



See all 294 Manaus Tips
  • River Trips

    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!

  • 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...

  • El Torro Loco

    4.5 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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