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While stunning, 500-year-old colonial architecture graces cities like Cartagena and Quito, South America also preserves far more ancient and exquisite Incan ruins, like Cusco, on lofty green Andean peaks and Nazca art scratched into the unyielding desert. A land of immense contrast, South America draws visitors with the promise of discovering the sights, tastes and sounds of its wealth of history and indigenous cultures. International flights to South America land in larger cities, like at El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogota, Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito and Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires.

Flights to South America

Cheap flights to South America have opened the continent to travel, and many countries have excellent infrastructure for visitors in the larger cities. São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) is the busiest on the continent, located just 15 miles and 30 minutes from São Paulo, Brazil. While buses and rental cars are available, a taxi ride into the city is a convenient alternative and will cost around $25.

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Attractions in South America

Misty Andean peaks highlight the ruins of Machu Picchu, a lost Incan city sprawling across a lushly green mountaintop in Peru, considered one of the finest known examples of Incan architecture. Iguaçu Falls, at the intersection of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, are twice the width of Niagara Falls and are best seen by helicopter.

Quito's Old Town contains a collection of colonial-era cathedrals and plazas with cobblestone streets and little shops to explore. The Galapagos Islands preserve unique species of birds and land creatures, providing excellent opportunities to explore the islands by kayak or snorkel below the waves. Remote Easter Island has a collection of hand-carved Moai statues and extinct volcanoes.

Travel Tips for South America

The temperature and humidity of the Amazon Basin differs dramatically from the icy Andean peaks in Tierra Del Fuego. While the rain forests of Brazil are some of the wettest on Earth, the Atacama Desert stretching from Peru to Argentina is the driest on the planet. Many of the continent's largest cities, like Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Bogota, experience summer highs in the 80s while winters can fall to the 50s.

The Rio Carnival is not only the largest festival in South America, but also one of the largest in the world. Rio de Janeiro plays host to millions of people intent on partying in the streets during the last week of February, with parade-goers in glittering costumes exhibiting intricate dance moves. Each country in South America has its own particular celebrations, many of them in honor of saints' days, and travelers can check local information to see if their trip coincides with the fun.

While Native American influence is strongest, other cuisines have made their mark on the favorite dishes of South America, including Italian, German, African and Spanish delicacies. The potato figures largely in meals, as does the plantain and, in tropical, areas fruits like mango and guava. A meal for two in a large city like Buenos Aires will run around $40, with prices falling steeply in small Andean villages.

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