South America Map
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Asunción is one of the oldest yet smallest capital cities of South America. Read more about Asunción.
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.
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.
Argentina & Brazil
One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world with around 275 waterfalls over almost 3 kms. Read more about Iguazú Falls.
The highest capital city in the world sitting between 3000 and 4100m above sea level. Read more about La Paz.
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.
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
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.
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
Sand Dunes, Rock formations, Salt Lakes, Geysers and more in the Atacama Desert Region. Read more about San Pedro de Atacama.
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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