South America - gouvontravel

Welcome to the South America!

 

Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Buenos Aires

Designed by a succession of architects is the Teatro Colon, until the completion of the Sydney opera house this was deemed the largest opera house in the world. Standing 68 meters high over the city is El Obelisco, so grand that it gives you that picture perfect view. Dine at the Cafe Tortoni, Argentina's oldest and most famous cafe that will entice your taste buds to a whole new level. Don't miss the market on Sunday at the Plaza Dorrego, one of the oldest public squares in Buenos Aires with cafes and tango performances with lessons you can take!

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Rocking Rio de Janeiro

Revel in delight at Rio's main opera house, the Theatro Municipal. This gorgeous neoclassical building boasts of fine onyx and marble staircases with exquisite interior decor to die for. Need a peaceful walk by the beach? Prainha beach is a breathtaking half-moon shaped beach that borders a jungle-covered hill. Breath in the tranquility of Parque Lage, a public park surrounded by the rainforest, walking paths, and a small aquarium that adds to the zen vibe. A favorite by cyclist and joggers is the four-mile path encircling the lagoon of the Lagoa Neighborhood in the affluent district of Zona Sul.

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Sexy Santiago

Visit the La Moneda, known “Coin Palace” that used to be a mint where the president of Chile has his offices. Don't miss the Museum of Memory and Human Rights that is a memorial to Chileans who had their rights violated during the Pinochet regime (1973 – 1990). The largest skyscraper in Latin America standing at 64 stories high, Gran Torre Santiago towers over Santiago and is so high it can be seen from just about anywhere in the city. A place where artists and intellectuals live, work and play si Barrio Bellavista with restaurants, boutiques and avant-garde galleries.

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Super Sao Paolo

Sports enthusiasts head to the ultimate museum for football (soccer) fans, the Museu do Futebol offers both traditional exhibits as well as video and interactive displays. Learn the language at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, the goal of this museum is to create an interactive experience with the Portuguese language. Housing one of the world’s best examples of Brazilian art is the Pinacoteca do Estado, a sure fire hit with those with burning artistic souls.

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More on South America!

 

Setting for Big Adventures

You can hike past ancient temples first laid down by the Incas, contemplate the awe-inspiring power of Iguazú Falls, or spend the day watching wildlife from a dugout canoe on one of the Amazon's countless igarapés (narrow waterways). You can barrel down Andean roads by mountain bike, go white-water rafting on class V rivers and surf amazing breaks off both coasts. And once you think you've experienced it all, head to the dramatic landscapes in Tierra del Fuego, go eye-to-eye with extraordinary creatures in the Galápagos, and scramble up tableland mountains in the Gran Sabana for a panorama that seems straight out of the Mesozoic era.

 

Cultural Treasures

South America's diversity doesn't end with geography. You'll find colonial towns where cobblestone streets lead past gilded churches and stately plazas little changed since the 18th century. You can haggle over colorful textiles at indigenous markets, share meals with traditional dwellers of the rainforest and follow the pounding rhythms of Afro-Brazilian drums corps. South America is home to an astounding variety of living and ancient cultures, and experiencing it first-hand is as easy as showing up.

 

La Vida Musical

This is one of the world's great music destinations. Nothing compares to hearing the rhythms of Colombian salsa, Brazilian samba, Argentine tango and Andean folk music in the place where they were born. Buenos Aires' sultry milongas (tango clubs), Rio's simmering garrafeiras (dance halls), Quito's salsotecas (salsa clubs) – all great places to chase the heart of Saturday night. Yet this is only the beginning of a great musical odyssey that encompasses Peruvian trovas, soulful Ecuadorian passillos, fast-stepping Brazilian forró, whirling Venezuelan merengue, steel-pan Guyanese drumming, Paraguayan harp music and more. Simply plunge in – though you might want to take a dance class along the way!

 

Captivating Landscapes

From the snow-capped peaks of the Andes to the undulating waterways of the Amazon, South America spreads a dazzling array of natural wonders. This is a continent of lush rainforests, towering volcanoes, misty cloud forests, bone-dry deserts, red-rock canyons, ice-blue glaciers and sun-kissed beaches. As landscapes go, there aren't many other places on earth that offers so much variety.

Source: Lonvely Planet

 

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