Steamy forests, snaking rivers and ice-clad volcanoes: it’s no surprise that outsiders have long been drawn to South America. This is a land of rich treasures, stretching from the frozen glaciers of Patagonia, through dense equatorial jungle and up into the northern hemisphere. Our map of South America will help you get your bearings.

With enough time to spare, you can marvel at the world’s highest waterfall, venture into the planet’s most diverse rainforests and road-trip across roof-of-the-world deserts that will – quite literally – take your breath away. Modern metropolises sparkle on the continent’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts, while further inland remote tribes observe traditions rooted in ancient history.

Dance the tango, seek spiritual enlightenment with a shaman, explore Inca ruins and see the plazas and churches built by the first Europeans. When it’s time to wind down, make a beeline for the beach – from Ecuador to Brazil, there’s no shortage of sandy spots to choose from.

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On the trail of Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia

On the trail of Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia

Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia has served as a bible for those travelling through South America since its publication 40 years ago. Four decades on, Stephen Kee…

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The best aerial views in the world

The best aerial views in the world

Got a head for heights? If you're craving a new perspective on your travels, the best thing to do is get up high. From mountain-top panoramas to cityscapes, her…

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Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

That ever-growing travel wish list might be putting some pressure on your pocket – but there are plenty of destinations where you'll get more bang for your b…

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