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
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
Travel Destinations in South America - Peru
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.