While in Argentina I traveled to Iguazu Falls, Bariloche, Salta, Jujuy, and Pinamar. Argentina is such a geographically diverse country and each of the places I visited represented a different zone. In Iguazu I saw one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world in the middle of a rain forest. In Bariloche, which is the start of Patagonia, we hiked up mountains and climbed on glaciers. In Salta and Jujuy we visited the salt fields and one of the highest points of the country in the desert region. In Pinamar I enjoyed the beach and the coastal community.
South America's smallest Spanish-speaking country is definitely worth discovering. It has a vibrant nightlife, a stunning coastline, charming colonial towns, and a cluster of internationally renowned beach resorts.
Uruguay is located directly north of Buenos Aires, and you can get there by taking a 45-minute boat ride through BuqueBus, a ferry and hydrofoil service that runs between Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Colonia. (Contact www.buquebus.com.ar)
The three most popular destinations to visit in Uruguay are Montevideo, the port city of Colonia, and the resort town of Punta del Este.
As the continent's longest and narrowest country, Chile is a region of contrasting landscapes: mountains, beaches, forests, and volcanoes are found side-by-side, with Chile's spectacular Pacific coastline only a short drive from its Andean highlands.
In Chile you'll enjoy adventure activities in a beautiful natural environment. If you're not in a hurry, you can take a three-day boat ride through the silent, forested isles of the Chilean archipelago, from Puerto Montt, a bustling port city, to Puerto Natales, a small town situated at the base of the enigmatic Torres del Paine. (Contact www.navimag.com)
Or visit Valpara’so, a South American San Francisco without the gentrification. It's a port city of wooden frame houses, stacked almost one atop the other; a city of tall, winding staircases, where even the old prison walls feature resplendent murals.
Spanish is the spoken language in Chile.
LanChile is the main Chilean airline and a member of the Oneworld alliance. They provide regular flights to other South American cities including Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba, Lima, Montevideo, Río de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Quito, Guayaquil, Bogotá and Caracas.
LanChile Phone: (56-2) 5652862 - 5652525
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Brazil is well known for its dazzling beaches, tropical islands, colonial towns, and the huge Amazon rainforest.
Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country and its booming economy, which has enjoyed record growth over the last five years, has made Brazil Latin America's economic powerhouse. Brazil is also known for its football prowess and rich musical traditions.
The most recommended places to visit in Brazil are Ilha Fernando de Noronha, Rio de Janeiro, Bello Horizonte, Ilha Grande, Sao Paulo, El Salvador, and the old colonial towns of Ouro Preto and Olinda.
Portuguese is the spoken language in Brazil.
You can get to Brazil only by plane.
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Located in the west central part of South America, Peru is a country of geographical and cultural contrasts as well as the center of the ancient Inca civilization.
A special place to go to is Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Inca. Located near Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known throughout the continent for its archeological importance and rich culture, Machu Picchu is one of Peru's most visited places.
Other important city in Peru are it's capital, Lima, and the cities of Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Iquitos, Huancayo, Piura, Chimbote, Cusco, Pucallpa, Tacna, Ica, Juliaca, Sullana, Chincha Alta, Huanuco, Ayacuchu, Cajamarca, Tarapoto, Talara, and Tumbes.
Spanish is Peru's spoken language.
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Travel by bus is the best way to go around Argentina and Brasil. It is very inexpensive for super cama (full-reclining bed-seat), which is the highest class offered on buses. For a 24-hour trip it costs about US $60.
Student recommendations from Fall 2009. Let us know if this list should change!