45 Beautiful Reasons to Escape to South America!

The beach in Rio De JaneiroThe Amazon by boatA llama on the Inca Trail Ecuadorian textilesSunrise along Ipanema Beach in BrazilSea Lions in the GalapagosSao Paulo Civil War MonumentStairway at Machu Picchu in PeruTango in the colorful Caminito section of Buenos AiresChrist the Redeemer statue on Mount Corcovado in BrazilAn iguana in the Galápagos IslandsSunset in Colonia, UruguayDancers in Arica, ChileLlamas below Licancabur Volcano in the Atacama DesertThe view of modern Santiago, Chile with the Andes mountains on the horizon. Cerro and Laguna MiñiquesVineyards near Santa Cruz, Chile.Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine AndesA Magellanic penguin near Punta Arenas, ChileAn aerial view of Machu Picchu, Peru, on a sunny day.The Casa Rosada government building in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSunset in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile borderSloth climbing through the jungle in Tambopata Peru.Playa Blanca in Santa Marta, ColombiaFutaleufu Hot TubIguazu FallsColorful Carnival dancers in Oruro, Bolivia.Perito Moreno GlacierPlaza Bolivar in Bogotá, ColombiaA cow sips from the center of freshwater Lake Titicaca on Isla del Sol in BoliviaInca TrailDowntown CuscoForest near a glacierThe spectacular "Horns" at Torres del Paine National Park, Chiledust devil mini-tornadoes by the Nazca Lines in PeruSpectacular sunrise view of the Towers at Torres del Paine National Park, ChileWildlife in the Galápagos IslandsMachu Picchu, PeruSalar De Uyuni, BoliviaLake Titicaca from the Sun Island Inti Wata Complex, BoliviaCotopaxi volcano looms over Quito, EcuadorVenezuela, Coro, AdicoraOn the road to Salto Catedral in Venezuela. jangada boats in BrazilBottom of the world sign
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"The beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil."
"When I want to get away from it all, travelling by boat on the Peruvian Amazon is the place for me."
"This llama on the Inca Trail was a total ham. He loved having his picture taken!"
"Ecuadorian textiles."
"It was the beginning of a new day after the last night of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. I was walking on the streets of Ipanema, when I looked through the buildings and noticed a very interesting light under the layer of clouds over the ocean."
"Sea Lions in the Galápagos Islands."
"Driving around São Paulo at night and exploring the city, we came across the São Paulo Civil War Monument, a memorial in Ibirapuera Park for those lost in the 1932 Civil War."
"A view of the stairway at Machu Picchu in Peru."
"Tango in the colorful Caminito section of Buenos Aires."
"I was among the first on Mount Corcovado just after sunrise to capture the statue of Christ the Redeemer with no other people around."
"A dream vacation is to travel to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. Ecuador is an enchanting country and the Galápagos Islands are extraordinary. You can get up close to some scary Land Iguanas as well as Giant Tortoises and the unique Blue Footed Booby birds."
"Colonia del Sacramento has become one of my favorite places in South America. It is an absolutely beautiful town across the river from Buenos Aires in Uruguay. I took this picture as the sun was setting right behind the clouds to give off perfect sunbeams as a sailboat passed by."
"We were lucky to stop in Arica, Chile, during a holiday. There was a parade and these beautiful children danced down the streets of Arica before performing in the band shell. It was a wonderful day."
"Llamas below the Licancabur Volcano in the Atacama Desert."
"The view of modern Santiago, Chile, with the Andes mountains on the horizon. The skyscraper, Gran Torre, is scheduled for completion in 2014."
"A view of Cerro and Laguna Miñiques in the Atacama Desert, Chilean Andes."
"Vineyards near Santa Cruz in Chile's Colchagua Valley wine region."
"Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes, at 22,857-feet, is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere."
"A Magellanic penguin near Punta Arenas, Chile."
"Perfection. Machu Picchu on a clear summer day."
"The Casa Rosada government building in Buenos Aires, Argentina."
"Sunset in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border."
"A sloth climbing through the jungle in Tambopata, Peru."
"Playa Blanca in Santa Marta, Colombia."
"A great way to unwind after running some pristine class V rapids amongst the most beautiful scenery in Patagonia. The Futaleufu Hot Tub is wood-stove heated and best enjoyed with an authentic Pisco Sour or glass of Argentine Malbec wine."
"Iguazu Falls is one of those sights that takes your breath away. You can view it from Argentina or Brazil. It is a spectacular sight that you shouldn't miss if you are in either country. You can get very close by walking over the top of the falls or take a boat which gets you up close and personal."
"Colorful Carnival dancers in Oruro, Bolivia."
"No trip to Patagonia is complete without seeing the massive Perito Moreno Glacier."
"It was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Bogotá, Colombia, and many local families were out together in Plaza Bolivar."
"A cow sips from the center of freshwater Lake Titicaca on Isla del Sol in Bolivia."
"First day on the Inca Trail."
"The view from the café where I had lunch in Cusco. Amazing city!"
"Walking through a forested area in Patagonia provided glimpses of the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina."
"The spectacular Horns at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile."
"These dust devil mini-tornadoes were spinning over the famous Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert. The locals say it helps keep the lines visible. There were four behind me when I shot this."
"Spectacular sunrise view of the Towers at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile."
"Everywhere you go in the Galápagos Islands, the wildlife is abundant and blissfully unconcerned with your presence."
"The doorway to Machu Picchu, one of the world's great destinations."
"Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia."
"Lake Titicaca from the Sun Island Inti Wata Complex, Bolivia."
"Cotopaxi volcano looms over Quito, Ecuador, near sunset."
"Venezuela, Coro, Adicora."
"On the road to Salto Catedral in Venezuela."
"Fishermen in northeast Brazil use a one-sail boat named jangada, seen nowhere else in the world. The jangada is usually no bigger than 16 by 23 feet, and requires great skill from the sailor, who must constantly maneuver it. The men who possess such talents are viewed as a symbol of endurance and courage."
"This compelling sign is visible when entering or departing Ushuaia, Argentina by boat. Ushuaia is located at the bottom of the world and is the jumping off point for trips to Antarctica."

From the vibrant tango-filled streets of Buenos Aires to the mystical ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, we've rounded up our favorite travel-inspiring photos of South America—taken by you, our well-traveled Budget Travel audience.

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