South America travel guide:

South America would be interesting for both beach and educational vacations. There are every opportunity for active recreation and sports on the continent. When you go to the Co-pacabana Beach at Rio (de) Janeiro, you will understand that you can't do it in any other way. When at the beach the Brazilian are playing games or go in for some water sports.

And they don’t understand how you can simply lie in the deck chair. After a time you will also want to go somewhere, do something, or simply samba from morning till night. Southern sun and the temperament of natives create very favorable atmosphere.

You should start your travel over Brazil from Rio (de) Janeiro. There you can have a good rest, even though this is a major megalopolis with 10-million population. Rio (de) Janeiro is a peculiar city. There are a lot of picturesque mountains, bays and beaches within the limits of the city.

If you would like to see nature beauties of Brazil, you should be prepared for long moves and flights. You can see the world's longest river Amazon or Iguassu Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the world (you can access it either from Argentine or Paraguay). As well, you can make a trip to highland regions of the Andes: Ilha Grande or Fernando de Noronha. The most popular beach resorts are: Ilha Grande, Barra Grande, Buzios Island, and Trancoso.

For those who love archaeology, trekking and simply adventure tourism, in the style of In-diana Jones, Peru would be of paramount interest. According to the tourist surveys, the sights that the ancient Inca had left after them are considered to be the most interesting in the world.

A real magnet for most tourists is Machu Picchu, the ancient city of the Inca. It is located in such a picturesque corner of the Andes Mountains that it takes your breath to look at it. Machu Picchu is not far from the other city of the Inca Cusco, which is still inhabited. And from Cusco you can easily get to the mountain Lake Titicaca.

Manu Biosphere Reserve is in the center of Peru, on the border of Brazil. There have been preserved the world of equatorial jungles with all variety of its flora and fauna.

Many tourists go to Argentine. You may spare at least 1-2 days for the capital of the coun-try, Buenos Aires, and then start off to the nature resorts. You may have a good rest at near-by resorts Pinamar and Miramar, or you may go a bit farther and spend your time at Mar-del-Plata.

San Carlos de Bariloche is one of the most interesting resorts in Argentine. You can go there at any time of the year. In winter you can go in for downhill skiing, and in summer you can go trekking among scenic mountains and beautiful lakes.
As to nature sites, it will also be interesting for you to visit Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciers). It is located near the city of Perito-Moreno in the south of Argentine (south of Bari-loche). There are several dozens of glaciers including the most famous Perito-Moreno Glaci-ers.

You may also see a lot of interesting places in the neigbouring Chile. Near Valparaiso you can have a comfortable rest at the famous coastal resort Viña del Mar. The world's most arid desert Atacama is in the north of the country. There you can admire the moon-like land-scapes, which are similar to the pictures of surrealists. The colors of mountain peaks, lakes, salt lagoons and sky are sharply contrasted with each other, creating landscapes that you can't see in any other place.

Many tourists dream about a journey to Easter Island. It is one of the remotest Pacific isl-ands. Several centuries ago a local tribe erected hundreds of stone figures, also known as moai, on the territory of the island, that have long caused many debates about their extrater-restrial origin.


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