The 9 Best Countries to Visit in South America

From towering mountain ranges to lush rainforests, dynamic cities, and spectacular beaches, South America serves up some of the world’s greatest adventures. 

If you’re after unspoiled nature, beautiful landscapes, incomparable ruins, sun, and surf, or world-class food and drink, we’ve got you covered. 

Which are the best countries to visit in South America? That’s for you to decide.

Peru: food and archaeological heritage

Few countries have incorporated so many ingredients and flavors into such a sumptuous cuisine. 



Chile: Desert, hiking havens, ancient ruins, and wine

It is a country with temperate rainforests and Earth’s driest desert, the towering Andes mountains, and bucolic wine country. 


Argentina: football, barbecue, and vast natural spectacles

The music, the dancing, the sport, and the food are all a reflection of this large, confident, and diverse country. 


Colombia: Cartagena and national parks

Travelers to Colombia are drawn to its well-preserved colonial architecture, and to its incomparable national parks. 


Ecuador: The Galapágos Islands and Scenic Train Journeys

From the spectacle of the Galápagos to the towering active volcanoes in the country’s center, Ecuador has so much to offer visitors.

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