Although there is a plethora of wildlife and natural wonders to see in South America, not everyone is an outdoorsman. If art, music, museums and architecture are more interesting to you then touring the Amazon River or whale watching, then you will enjoy visiting Argentina, Brazil and many of the other countries in South America. The cultures of this continent are varied and fascinating and many companies offer tours to explore them.
Enjoyed all over the world, the tango is perhaps Argentina’s most famous export—and you will get to experience it in one of the largest cities in the world, Buenos Aires. The architecture of this city is the most European you will find anywhere else on the continent, as it has a heavy French influence. The city is home to over 3 million people and you will get to see much of it when you go on a tour.
You will visit many of the governmental buildings in the city, including Casa Rosada, which is the executive mansion and home of Argentina’s president. You will also visit La Boca district, which is a neighbourhood you will always remember due to its colourful houses. Along with its interesting architecture, you can have coffee at one of the numerous cafes or go to dinner at a steakhouse for some of the best beef in the world.
You can’t help but see a tango dance either, as there are outdoor performances, tango bars and theatrical productions created around the dance. A performance is usually included on your itinerary, so you will not miss seeing it while in Buenos Aires. If you do wish to get out of the confines of the city, there are side trips available to venture into the surrounding countryside.
Another tour you may wish to consider in South America will take you to Brazil. It is a country well known for its love of football, beautiful beaches and Rio de Janeiro, the ‘marvellous city’ (or CidadeMaravilhosa). It is a city that offers both cosmopolitan amenities and some of the most well-known white sandy beaches in the world, including Copacabana and Ipanema.
During your stay in Rio, you will be able to take a Jeep tour up into the mountains surrounding the city and visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that towers over the area. From there, you can go shopping in Santa Teresa, a neighbourhood that features craft vendors and the only trolley car in the city. If you want a taste of Brazil, visit one of its popular barbeque restaurants featuring roasted beef and other types of meat.
If you do decide on South America tours, the high season is usually mid-September to the early part of December—but Christmas, New Year’s and Carnival are also popular, so it can be difficult to book during the holidays. If you go off-season, you may be able to save money on the tour, but you should check availability with the tour company.