With the growing economy, South America has become one of the most popular travel and study abroad destinations. In the past few years, I have studied and traveled in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. I was amazed by the rich culture and history and look forward to continuing explorations of South America in the near future.
As you make travel or study abroad plans, why should you consider South America?
- Vibrant culture: South America’s unique combination of indigenous history and New World impact provides an interesting melting pot of culture. Life is colorful, with diverse people, lifestyles, food, and traditions.
- Beautiful nature and a diverse landscape: Within a few countries, you can experience coasts, mountains, desert and jungle all at once. I especially enjoyed Iguassu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
- Wonders of the world: Experience two fascinating wonders of the world – Macchu Picchu in Peru and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
- Inviting music: Whether you enjoy tango, salsa, samba, or merengue, you will hear music and be able to dance throughout South America.
What are some of the top destinations to visit and study abroad?
- Santiago, Chile: As the capital of Chile, you will experience a growing modern metropolis in South America. Sparking innovation, the Chilean government is promoting entrepreneurship throughout the country. Some of my favorite sites include Cerro San Cristobal for the fanstastic cityscape views of Santiago. I also recommend wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley to learn about the significance of the wine industry in Chile. While you are in Casablanca Valley,you can watch a traditional horse show and have excellent Chilean food at Puro Caballo Ranch.
- Valparaiso, Chile: As a colorful seaport, you will find that Valparaiso is an education center. You can learn about Valparaiso’s significant influence, including Latin America’s oldest stock exchange and the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world, El Mercurio de Valparaíso. After studying Spanish language and literature in college, it was exciting for me to see Pablo Neruda’s home for beautiful views of Valparaiso and great insights about Chilean literature. While you are there, indulge in fresh coastal Chilean food at La Stampa de La Negra.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina: Famous for its European-style architecture, Buenos Aires is a rich cultural and business capital of South America, with the highest concentration of theaters in the world. My favorite neighborhood was La Boca because of its bright colored homes and great artisan markets. I also enjoyed learning the history and positive influence of Eva Peron in La Reco. And, you can’t go to Buenos Aires without seeing a famous tango performance at El Viejo Almacen, where tango originated.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: As the top tourist destination in South America, Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beaches, Christ the Redeemer, samba, Carnival, and Maracana football stadium. I was particularly impressed with the gorgeous views atop Sugarloaf Mountain. I also enjoyed relaxing and purchasing my first Brazilian bikini at Copacabana beach. For those of you making travel plans in the near future, Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics – what a great opportunity to visit!
Buena suerte y boa sorte as you plan your South American travel or study abroad adventure!