From the pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife of Venezuela to the colonies of penguins in southern Chile, South America is full of beautiful and exciting places to visit. History lovers will enjoy the cultural artifacts left from ancient civilizations while nature enthusiasts will wonder at the vast diversity of mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. Gorgeous beaches offer a chance to lay back and relax and energetic cities provide culture and community to anyone visiting this beautiful region.

Top Destinations

South America includes 12 countries and a few territories that are dependents of European countries:

  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Aruba (Netherlands)
  • The Falkland Islands (U.K.)
  • French Guiana (France)
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (U.K.)

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

In general, health coverage in South America is more affordable than other areas of the world, but it can be underfunded and difficult to find, especially in remote and rural areas. For this reason, you may want to invest in health care coverage that includes medical evacuation in case you find yourself in need of critical care while you are visiting South America.

Ecuador did require travel insurance for a short time, but repealed the law after a dip in tourism.

Top Places to Visit:
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Iguaz Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Adventure Activities:
  • Ziplining in Ecuador
  • Boating down the Amazon River
  • Hang Gliding in Columbia
  • Bungee Jumping in Brazil
  • Hiking in Patagonia