Between its wonderous mountain ranges, remote islands and the world's biggest rainforest, your first trip to South America likely won't be your last.
The Mountains Are Calling
This morning, I sat down to research where I would be heading next and decided to put on Netflix simultaneously. I have been looking at countries with easy visas, where foreigners can buy property, and a relatively easy immigration process after the tourist/residency visa expires.
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Uruguay is a South American country by the Atlantic Ocean between Argentina and Brazil. Montevideo, the capital is a major city along Montevideo Bay.
Lima on the Pacific Coast
The capital of Peru, Lima lies on the arid Pacific coast. It is one of South America’s largest cities. Plaza de Armas also known as Plaza Mayor is a broad square and the historical center of Lima. Even though most of the buildings from the original city were lost in an earthquake in 1746 there is an original structure remaining – the bronze fountain in the center, built in 1651. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The square is surrounded by the Archbishop’s Palace, the Casa del Oidor, and the Palacio del Gobierno, the official residence of the president. It was built on the spot where Jose San Martin declared the Independence of Peru on July 28, 1821. On weekends at noon, you can see the changing of the guard.
Peru is a country in South America that has a section of the Amazon rainforest and is home to Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city that sits high in the Andes Mountains. Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of the Arequipa Region. The city is surrounded by three volcanoes.
Beautiful Bela Horizonte
Minas Gerais means “General Mines”. This is a state in southeastern Brazil rich in natural and cultural heritage. Bela Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais in South America. Bela Horizonte was carved out of the forest surrounding a settlement for gold-diggers known as Curral del Rei, founded in 1701. It was a new city modeled after Washington D.C. the capital of the U.S. The city has a wonderful background of mountains. Its skyline is a mix of old and new. In the 1940s Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer designed several of his first buildings here and gave Bela Horizonte some of his best-known works and top tourist attractions.
Paraguay is a landlocked country between Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia. The landscape varies with swampland, subtropical forests, and chaco, wildernesses that consist of savanna and scrubland.
Guyana is a South American country that is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela to the west, Brazil to the south, and Suriname to the east. It is a country on the North Atlantic coast of South America. It’s a country defined by its dense rainforests and its capital is Georgetown.
The Fabulous Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands located in the Pacific Ocean, is a volcanic archipelago. It’s a province of Ecuador, lying about 1,000 km off its coast. It has an isolated terrain that shelters a large variety of plant and animal species. Charles Darwin visited here in 1835 and his observation of the species here inspired his theory of evolution.
Quito at the Andean Foothills
Quito is the capital of Ecuador located high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2.850m. It was built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city. It is known for its architecture combining European, Moorish, and indigenous styles.
Guayaquil Gateway to Pacific Beaches
Ecuador is a country on the equator on the west coast of South America. The country has a diverse landscape including the Amazon jungle, the Andean highlands, and the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Guayaquil is a port city that is known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands.
Bogotá the capital of Columbia is a beautiful city surrounded by lush mountains. You can start your tour in La Candelaria, the historic center of the city. It is a colorful area with buildings that date back to the 1800s. There are narrow streets and walkways.