Use These Destinations as Your Gateways to South America

A view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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South America is one of the most criminally underrated regions for travel on Earth. From the towering Andes Mountains to the beaches of Brazil to the bustling cities of the Southern Cone, this is a continent that truly has it all.

While exploring the continent can take time and careful planning, there are some cities that can be used as a great base for seeing the best of this huge land. Here are the best trip bases, depending on what you want to see!


Lima is the bustling capital of Peru, a country that’s best known for its natural treasures and heritage. If you head here, you will have easy access to the rest of the country as well as the Andes Region, which makes it a great choice as a trip base if you want to check out this part of the region.

Buenos Aires

Many people refer to the Argentinian capital as the Paris of Latin America, and you will be astounded at all that Buenos Aires has to offer in and of itself. You can also use it as a base for trips to neighboring Uruguay as well as Argentina’s famed wine regions or even the Tierra del Fuego region.

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is the biggest and most populous country in South America, and Rio de Janeiro is the best place to begin if you want to take it all in. From the city’s beaches to its cheap and frequent connections with other Brazilian cities like Sao Paulo, this world-famous city has all you need.