South America Map

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Asunción Paraguay



Asunción is one of the oldest yet smallest capital cities of South America. Read more about Asunción.

Bariloche Argentina



The gateway into Argentina's Patagonia, Bariloche is a picturesque lakeside city famous for its nearby ski fields and its chocolate. Read more about Bariloche.

Bogotá Colombia



At 2,600 meters above sea level and with a population of eight million people from all corners of Colombia, Bogotá is a city as diverse as the entire country. It is close to the not to be missed Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Read more about Bogotá.

Brasilia Brazil



Brasilia has been the capital of Brazil since only 1960. It was purposely built in 41 months (from nothing) to be the capital (originally Rio). Its planned layout of open spaces and specific sectors for each activity makes Brasilia a unique capital city.

Buenos Aires Argentina

Buenos Aires


Buenos Aires has many things to see from the old Recoleta Cemetery to the modern Steel Flower. You can catch a Tango or live an exciting football match or maybe just enjoy some great Argentine food.

Caracas Venezuela



Sitting at the base of the beautiful Avila Mountain you will find Caracas. Try some Venezuelan food there or learn about South America's most influential politician Simón Bolívar (president of various countries) who was born here. Read more about Caracas.

Cusco Peru



Once the center of the Inca Empire, Cusco is now a World Heritage site. Many people use Cusco as the base for doing the Inca Trail or visiting Machu Picchu. Read more about Cusco.

Iguazú Falls

Iguazú Falls

Argentina & Brazil

One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world with around 275 waterfalls over almost 3 kms. Read more about Iguazú Falls.

La Paz Bolivia

La Paz


The highest capital city in the world sitting between 3000 and 4100m above sea level. Read more about La Paz.

Lima Peru



Lima's pre-Hispanic and colonial architecture is beautiful and the city has many museums. You must also try the world-renowned Peruvian Food while Peru's capital. Read more about Lima.

Montevideo Uruguay



Home to half of Uruguay's population, Montevideo is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Its architecture reflects its history, ranging from colonial times to Art Deco to modern times. Read more about Montevideo.

Punta Arenas Chile

Punta Arenas


Gateway to the Torres del Paine and Antarctica. It has an interesting cemetery, a winter festival and close to Bulnes Fort and a Penguin colony. Read more about Punta Arenas.

Quito Ecuador



Quito has a more relaxed feel and safer atmosphere than other major cities. It is the sort of place you can find yourself staying longer than planned. It is also where you can stradle the equator. Read more about Quito.

Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Rio de Janeiro


Rio is famous for its beaches, Carnival, the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain with the statue of Christ overlooking the city, but it has more to offer than that. Read more about Rio de Janeiro.

Santiago Chile



The capital city on Lonely Planet's Top Cities for 2012 with so much to see and do. Read more about Santiago.

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama


Sand Dunes, Rock formations, Salt Lakes, Geysers and more in the Atacama Desert Region. Read more about San Pedro de Atacama.

Sao Paulo Brazil

Sao Paulo


Sao Paulo has over 17 million people making it the largest city in South America. Being the financial heart of Brazil, most banks and corporations are based here, however there is also the other side of the city with its many museums and parks such as Parque Ibirapuera and the Catedral da Sé (Cathedral). Read more about Sao Paulo.


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Last Updated: 16 August 2017
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