The former location of the Inca civilization, South America is rich in history and is home to several of the world's most breathtaking natural wonders. It is a country of superlatives: the Amazon River is the world's longest river; the surrounding rainforest is the largest in the world; Angel Falls, at 972 metres, is the tallest waterfall on Earth; and the majestic Andes mountain range runs three times as long as the Himalayas. In addition, the continent has several indigenous species found nowhere else on the planet, including the llama, the anaconda and the piranha.
Home to 12 different countries, more than 80 languages and over 30 indigenous people groups as well as transplanted cultures from every other continent on the globe, South America is an intoxicating combination of fascinating peoples and gorgeous landscapes. From the austere beauty of Tierra del Fuego to the lush rainforests of Brazil, South America offers its visitors an endless array of fascinating places to explore.
South America includes: