Travel Destinations in South America

Travel Destinations in South America

South America is home to 422 million people in 12 countries and several territories. When it comes to popular travel destinations in South America, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are at the top of many travel bucket lists. The vast majority of South Americans speak either Spanish or Portuguese, so if you plan to visit a travel destination in South America, check out these tips on overcoming language barriers. Even when you can communicate in English, knowing these few, key phrases in the local language will enhance your experience when you travel abroad.

Fun Fact:  South America is home to the world’s longest river (the Amazon River), the world’s longest mountain range (the Andes Mountains), and the driest place in the world (the Atacama Desert).

Travel Destinations in South America - Argentina

Argentina is a popular travel destination in South America
The flag of Argentina is a light blue and white triband banner with the Sun of May in the middle.

Encompassing most of the southern tip of South America, Argentina is a large country of glaciers and grasslands. In terms of glaciers, Argentina is home to Los Glaciares National Park, one of the most visited places in Patagonia.

Travel Destinations in South America - Ecuador

Ecuador is a country in South America
The sun in the flag of Ecuador is part of the coat of arms in the center.

At the center of the Ecuador flag, a sun shines brightly in the middle of a banner that stretches across the egg-shaped portion of the coat of arms carried in the talons of a condor.

Travel Destinations in South America - Peru

Woman in Media Luna, Peru. Photo by Michelle Moyer.
A woman in the Andes Mountain village of Media Luna, Peru, sets a table for visitors. Photo by Michelle Moyer of Moyer Memoires.

On South America’s west coast, Peru has climates ranging from arid planes to the peaks of the Andes Mountains to tropical rainforests. Striped with ribbons of gold, lavender, turquoise, and gold, Peru’s Rainbow Mountain is one of the most popular travel destinations in South America.

Between the towns of Ollantaytambo and Urubamba, the Inca village of Media Luna is located in southern Peru’s Andes Mountains.

Travel Destinations in South America - Uruguay

Uruguay is a South American country.
Like the flag of Argentina, Uruguay’s flag also features the Sun of May.

The sun flag flying over this South American country was adopted by Uruguay in 1830.