Phuket, Thailand (PRWEB) December 13, 2013
South of the equator is summer time in South America and great deals can be found while exploring some of the continent’s unique treasures.
Quito, Ecuador Rooms from US$ 42 per night
Nestled amongst snowcapped mountains and volcanos and at an elevation of over 9,000 feet, it is a stunning colonial capital city with welcoming charm. Explore the many nearby Indian villages and markets and spend the day at the equator, the middle of the earth. Lunch at The Crater restaurant, built on the side of a volcano is a must.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rooms from US$ 32 per night
Beat the crowds before the World Cup and frolic on Ipanema or Copacabana beaches while sipping potent Capinrinhas. Try one of the many all-you-can-eat steak houses called churrasquerias!
Bariloche, Argentina Rooms from US$ 47 per night
Known as the Switzerland of South America, with the Andes range in the background and on the Nahuel Huapi Lake, make this one of the most beautiful summertime destinations to visit. Bariloche is also famous for its chocolate!
Easter Island, Chile Rooms from US$ 152 per night
The most isolated island in the world off the coast of Chile where the mysterious Ahu’s were sculptured some 1500 years ago and remain scattered across the island.
Cusco, Peru Rooms from US$ 52 per night
This is where most visitors begin their trip to Machu Picchu, a 2 ½ hour train ride from the Imperial capital city of Cusco and with a doubt the most famous archaeological destination in South America.
Patagonia, Argentina Rooms from US$ 27 per night
Be one of the few to visit the “end of the world” as it is known in Argentina. A short distance from Patagonia is South America’s largest glacier, 35 miles long and 6 miles wide. It is reached by boat for a spectacular 2 ½ hour cruise of a lifetime.
Cartagena, Colombia Rooms from US$ 43 per night
Back in 1589 Sir Francis Drake destroyed most of the city and made off with tons of gold. Today Cartagena’s colonial charm, great restaurants and beaches make it a top destination resort in South America.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil Rooms from US$ 53 per night
Located at the borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls consist of over 250 waterfalls and one of the planet’s most spectacular sights. Take a side trip to the second largest dam in the world, the Itaipu. One of the modern marvels of the world that took 8 years to build.
Iquitos, Peru Rooms from US$ 66 per night
Explore the origins of the Amazon River at the frontier river city of Iquitos reached only by airplane or boat. It was one of the richest cities in the world a century ago thanks to the discovery of the rubber trees. Some stately mansions remain but today Iquitos is for the true adventurer.
Buenos Aires, Argentina Rooms from US$ 38 per night
European charm, fabulous restaurants and Argentine wines at bargain prices. A tango show after dinner is the perfect way to end the evening that makes this city a dream visit.
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