Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the wilder of the Americas and a continent of superlatives.
The world's biggest rainforest and the largest river, the highest mountain range outside Asia, remote islands, heavenly beaches, wide deserts, icy landscapes, the world's tallest waterfall and one of the largest, as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.
Besides, the work of man has also left rare gems on the continent: ruins of ancient civilizations share the continent with world-class metropolises, outstanding modern architecture, European architecture, the oldest rock paintings in the Americas, strong African heritage, genuine indigenous, charming cities built in the Andes and Eastern culture, mingled with the fingerprints of Iberian colonizers. Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city and some of its biggest festivities, such as Rio's Carnival and Belem's Cirio de Nazaré, the Tango World Championship, and the Vendimia festival in Argentina, are also part of this incredibly diverse and attractive continent.
Getting to South America has gotten much easier in recent years owing to massive increases in flights to the continent by major global airlines. Although some particular places are still quite hard to reach, the places that you most likely want to go, such as Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, are more accessible than ever before.
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