South America is one of the most diverse and interesting continents on Earth.

From the beaches of the north, where you can dive in crystal clear waters, to the cold temperatures of the south, where you may well need to wrap yourself in blankets to stay warm, South America is a place with something for everyone. It has rainforests, historical sites and architecture to rival anything on Earth: South America is an assault on the senses from the moment you arrive!

But what are the four things you have to do when you arrive on this wonderful continent? Well, below is our guide that should ensure you have a trip you will never, ever forget.

1. Visit Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio, Brazil

Rio is an extraordinary city. The stereotypes are rich and familiar – take our word for it, this city does not disappoint. Copacabana Beach is the tourist hot spot, of course, but Ipanema has more charm and is slightly quieter. And it has an even more spectacular beach than its more celebrated big brother. The stunning statue of Christ the Redeemer is a fantastic sight high in the mountains but for the very best view in Rio, head to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Hop in the cable car and take a ride to the very top. And then all you have to do is marvel at the views. It really is all you hope it will be.

2. Visit Iguazu falls

Arguably the most spectacular falls on earth, Iguazu really is one of the wonders of the modern world. The national park borders Argentina on one side and Brazil on the other. You could stand and watch the water for the rest of your life and never get tired of the view. If you have the money, it is also worth taking the boat ride that takes you under the falls.

3. Do a Road Trip Through Chile

Chile is a truly spectacular country and there is no better way to see it than by road. If you take the time to plan your route carefully, you can ensure you pass volcanoes, mountains, beautiful towns and villages as well as spectacular inland lakes. And if you time your trip correctly in 2019, you might even see the total solar eclipse, an event that happens somewhere on earth once every one or two years.

And if you do find yourself in Chile in July 2019, the Elqui Valley is a fantastic place to watch the eclipse. Don’t miss your opportunity.

4. Cruise the Amazon

It is one of the world’s longest and most incredible rivers, with stunning natural wildlife and extraordinary sights all along its 4,160 mile length. Many boat and ferry companies offer 7-day cruises on the river, allowing you to see the changing scenery as well as a huge variety of wildlife such as anacondas, piranhas, poison dart frogs and bull sharks. The Amazon runs through an incredible seven countries in South America – Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

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