Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil's largest and most celebrated city – Rio de Janiro – is one of South America's favourite travel destinations. It is famed for its beautiful beaches, mountains, landmarks and festivals but it also offers quite a few attractions for a family-friendly vacation. Heading to Pão de Açúcar will provide glorious views of the city from its peak, while Jardim Botânico and Parque Lage are two beautiful parks ideal for a family visit. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is another picturesque spot in the city.
Machu Picchu, Peru
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu is considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is regarded as an icon of the Inca civilization. The ancient ruins are found high and well hidden in the Andes mountain range of Peru and was only discovered in 1911. Its history dates back to 1430AD and some archaeologists believe that the area served as a country resort for the elite Ican community. For many travellers, a visit to Machu Picchu is considered to be the highlight of their trip to South America.
Angel Falls, Venezuala
The highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela, stands at a height of 979 metres, rising high above an isolated jungle in the Canaima National Park – which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The view from the top of the waterfall offers a magnificent vista of the surrounding lush vegetation and forest. It is also possible to kayak to the foot of the waterfall, where most of the falling water turns into mist before it hits the ground.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Paraguay/Brazil
The spectacular Iguazu Falls located on the borders of Argentina and Brazil is considered to be one of the most beautiful chain of waterfalls in the world. It comprises 275 individual drops and curtains of water, offering a magnificent and awe-inspiring spectacle for visitors.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The famous Galapagos Islands are best-known for their vast variety of flora and fauna. Native fauna on the island range from giant tortoises to sea lions to penguins to marine iguanas, making it popular amongst naturalists and nature enthusiasts.
Other must-see South American destinations include Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolovia – the world's largest salt flat, Chile's Easter Island – best-known for its Moai structures, and the Patagonia region between Argentina and Chile.
South America is a continent of rich diversity. A land home to breathtaking landscapes, exotic wildlife and fascinating cultures, it offers a wealth of experiences unlike any other. The mystery, tradition and adventure of the South American outdoors make it an extraordinary travel destination and we have picked out some of its highlights.