What Are the Best Countries to Visit in South America?

I have visited every country in the world (before turning 28), and more than 1,500 destinations since I went alone to Egypt at the age of 17. It is difficult to make a top list of the best countries in South America to visit, but below are three of my favourite countries based on my experiences with more than 3,500 days of travel so far.

1. Brazil
Ranked by area, Brazil is the fifth biggest country in the world and a country with a lot to offer for visitors. I have visited over 25 destinations in Brazil and spent over 100 days. My favourites are Rio de Janeiro (one of the most beautiful cities in the world) and Fernando de Noronha, a stunning volcanic archipelago about 350 kilometres off Brazil’s northeast coast. My wife is Brazilian, and getting married to her in her hometown, Sanharó, in front of around 400 people was one of the best experiences of my life.

Peru is a fantastic adventure. I had great experiences in Lima, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. I arrived at Machu Picchu on the famous Hiram Bingham train and saw this stunning sight, which is one of the most impressive I’ve seen anywhere in the world.

3. Argentina
I have visited Argentina twice and been impressed with Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Friendly people, excellent food and a lot to do and see. I would like to experience a lot more of Argentina in the future.

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