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.
For the greatest of aficionados it causes the heart to race even though it moves no faster than 25 miles per hour. It is both a time machine and a modern marvel offering nostalgic voyages in a setting unlike any other on the planet.
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It is one of the reason travelers migrate to Mexico and Cuzco: the stamp of times past in the ruins of civilizations long gone.
The dominant civilizations of the Americas have left legacies that are the source of hundreds of thousands of visits every year. The Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza and the mystical remains at Maccu Pichu are almost unmatched in their majesty. But the Incas and those who came before have also left a trail of fascinating discoveries in Ecuador.
Conventional wisdom says that wine-producing grapes are grown between 20 degrees and 50 degrees latitude above or below the Equator (above the Tropic of Cancer and below the Tropic of Capricorn).
Though most wine is imported into Ecuador, with 70% coming from Chile, visitors to the Equator will be in for a surprise to discover locally produced wine from three vineyards.