South America Tour Planning
If you are thinking of planning a South America vacation and are not sure where to start, here are some ideas to get you started. South America is huge, with 19 countries covering an area of 17,840,000 square kilometers and lying between latitude 15 degrees north and 60 degrees south. It has unparalleled diversity in landscapes, people and nature; no wonder that the great amount of choice of what to do and see can leave many people baffled.
On many people’s ‘must see’ lists are Machu Picchu and the Galapagos islands – these two top destinations are linked by a short flight. This combination is an amazing mixture of culture and wildlife.
Iguassu Falls are one of the natural wonders of the world. These massive waterfalls lie on the border of Brazil and Argentina so it would be easy to combine a trip to Iguazu with the exciting cities of Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro.
Culture and History
Peru and Bolivia used to be one country and share many similarities today especially in the highlands. It is easy to go overland between La Paz and Lima and it’s a great way to get a feel for the countries rather than fly everywhere.
Ecuador has a lot more to it than the Galapagos. Quito and Cuenca are rich with colonial history, and in the Avenue of the Volcanoes you can get to some of the highest places on earth; and find out how people live there.
The Amazon rain forest is one of the most bio diverse places on the planet. It covers 5.5 million square kilometers, with Brazil having the lion’s share. If you are visiting Brazil for the first time then the Amazon is an obvious choice.