It's as though the continent was built for travel: a place that
excites, thrills, challenges and infuriates.
Sweat yourself dizzy on an Amazon canoe ride before ending the
day caiman-watching on a black-water lagoon. Brave a white-knuckle
bus ride down Peruvian slopes and be astounded by endless Andean
vistas. Endure Patagonia's wind-driven rain while chasing
life-affirming sunsets or simply lose yourself (and possibly your
belongings) in the break-neck chaos of Buenos Aires or
The real reward, however, is the South American spirit. It seems
like the entire continent approaches life with the enthusiasm of an
old-fashioned road trip: windows down and stereo blaring.
There is as much music as there are adventures to be had. Samba
spices up the sandy streets of Brazilian beach towns, panpipes
liven Andean markets, Argentine folklórica (folk music)
trickles out of truck radios in the pampas, and the jolting rhythm
of cumbia makes those Andean bus rides even more absurd.
South America is a continent that engulfs you and changes you -
your state of mind, your outlook on life.
As soon as you step foot on South American soil, the