Time has a way of halting during a visit to the Galapagos Islands: Nature engulfs your mind and body as you embark on a journey to a land where Mother Nature reigns supreme. Both land and sea-based explorations are options during your visit, but for ocean lovers, a trip to the Galapagos is a journey of a lifetime.
Every real adventurer knows life is sweeter with the wind whipping through your hair, blood pumping with endorphins, and a board firmly planted under your feet. And if you can do it all while exploring a new country or two, well, that’s even better. South America is the best of well, everywhere – combining the dream slopes of Europe with the rocking waves of the South Pacific and the sand dunes of the Middle East. There’s no other way around it, it’s a thrill seeker’s paradise.
Whether you’re dreaming of snowboarding, surfing, or sandboarding, we’ve scoured South America for the best adventure spots so you can spend less time planning and get straight to the good stuff.
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Holiday traditions vary wildly around the world from gift giving to elaborate festivals. But in South America, one tradition has stood the test of time no matter where you are—raising a glass of holiday cheer. Here’s a look at six of our favorite South American countries and their spirited holiday offerings.