South America, a wonderful landmass with long standing cultural traditions and diverse natural offerings is slowly becoming one of the world’s top tourist destinations. With a pleasant mix of European cultural and linguistic characteristics and each country’s own unique traditional charm combined with varying and textured natural richness, there will be little time to be bored on this fascinating continent.

One of the continent’s most striking features is the world’s largest area of tropical rainforest which traverses nearly ten South American countries, including Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and French Guiana. Treks and trips into this wild jungle offer an escape from the comforts of the developed world unlike any other. With flora and fauna abounding and stunning scenery a common fixture, this may just be the life changing experience you need.

But natural offerings on the continent don’t end with the Amazon. The sprawling Andes mountain range is a sight to behold, with endless activities to partake in whether high atop the soaring peaks or deep into cascading valleys. From snow capped active volcanoes and ancient Inca settlements to expansive national parks, tours of the Andes will leave one feeling invigorated and revived.

Stunning tropical beaches provide picture perfect settings for the most relaxing of retreats in South America. Among the most picturesque places offering the best beaches with a bonus of amazing wildlife, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are hugely popular with travelers coming from around the world.

Arduous yet rewarding hiking trips to the summit of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina will make for an exhilarating trip, with stunning views rewarding every glance.

There are few places on earth that provide the scenic beauty of the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu, while also showcasing the rich and ancient traditions of the indigenous Inca peoples. Built in the stunning classical Inca style and dating back to the 1400s, this is a manmade wonder not to be missed.

South American climates vary from tropical to temperate, with much of the continent offering fine and sun kissed climes. The Atacama Desert is considered one of the world’s driest places but most other parts of South America are blessed with ample rainfall to make visitors enjoy the sunshine all the more.