Holidays: Destinations of Interest in South American Location

By: Andrew Stratton

Many people in the United States and even Europe do not recognize the varied and interesting holidays locations that can be found in South America. No matter what type of activity you prefer to call recreation or vacation activities, you can find it in South America. You can enjoy a beach vacation, a fiesta vacation, outdoor activities or just absorb the natural beauty of mountains, waterfalls, surf or jungle. You can learn about silver, leather, orchids or dance all in South America. You can study evolution, languages and metallurgy or take advantage of virtually uncharted territory in the rain forests of Amazonia of the mountain tops in Brazil.

On the border between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina lies one of the wonders of the natural world--Iguasu Falls. Nearly 300 falls make up the waterfalls known as Iguasu. Different aspects of the falls can be seen from the Brazilian side and from the Argentinian side but both decry description. There are millions, perhaps even billions of gallons of water rushing over drops from a few feet to hundreds of feet. You can hike the trails, look for exotic species of birds, spend time filming the scenic beauty of the surroundings or take a powerboat ride up close to one of the drop offs.

You can't imagine South America without some form of dance coming to mind. The tango is virtually the national dance of Argentina but there are other rhythms that come to mind the set your feet to tapping and hips to swaying. A holiday that includes learning some of the dances will be a treat to your senses and something new to talk about when you return home.

Skiing is an option if you visit some of the ski resorts such as in Argentina and Chile. Because the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere, if you like to ski, you can do so during the months of June, July and August. If you prefer water sports, you can enjoy any of the lovely beaches along the coastline of Brazil.

The night life in the major cities of South America is equal to that anywhere in the world. Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are just a few that are known throughout the globe for excitement and activity. These three cities are cosmopolitan yet have a Latin twist in each case that makes them interesting. Whether you enjoy dining, theater performances or dancing the night away at a disco, your only difficulty will be in choosing where you want to party. Especially at Carnival time in Rio, you will have plenty to see and do.

For those who are interested in history, you won't find a better place to explore pre-Columbian history than in South America at Machu Pichu. You can also visit many of the sites where the early Spanish and Portuguese explorers made their impact on the native tribes of the continent. Churches, cathedrals and mission outposts can all be found spread across the countries of South America.

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