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List of the best South American cities to visit. Whether you enjoy the weather, the attractions, the beaches or the people, these amazing South American cities to visit rank as favorites of tourists of all ages. Explore the best cities South America has to offer, and vote for your favorites.

 South American tourism is rich and varied. Tourists who enjoy historical sites and monuments will find themselves especially at home in these amazing South American cities. From the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro to the ancient Inca site Machu Picchu (just outside of Cusco), history awaits those who travel to South America’s popular tourist destinations.

 Tourists who’d rather relax on a beach will also appreciate these top cities in South America for travel. Visit Reñaca Beach, conveniently located near Viña del Mar, for cool water or Punta Carnero Beach in Salinas for outstanding surfing. Besides swimming and surfing, South American beaches are excellent places to try snorkeling, scuba diving or simply relaxing on the beach.

 Or would you prefer to explore the local flavor? South American cities each boast a potpourri of regional flavors, often including seafood or exotic tropical fruits. More adventurous eaters might try a dish made with alpaca meat or a dish cooked with peppers; some South American cuisine can be notoriously spicy.

 Whichever South American city is your favorite, you’re almost guaranteed to find something new each time you visit. Tourist cities in South America, much like their cuisines, are never bland -- and often changing.
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27 7
Rio de Janeiro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
22 7
São Paulo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
São Paulo, Brazil

3
24 10
Buenos Aires is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

4
13 5
Foz do Iguaçu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Paraná, Brazil

5
14 6
Quito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
South America

6
9 2
Valparaíso is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
South America

7
10 3
Cusco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Cusco Region, Peru

8
12 5
Florianópolis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Santa Catarina, Brazil

9
14 7
Santiago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
South America

10
11 5
Montevideo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Montevideo Department, Uruguay

11
9 4
Cartagena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
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12
12 7
Lima is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Peru

13
12 8
Bogotá is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Cundinamarca Department, Colombia

14
8 4
Ushuaia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Tierra del Fuego

15
8 4
Olinda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Pernambuco, Brazil

16
7 3
Puerto Iguazú is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Puerto Iguazú Argentina

17
7 3
Fortaleza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Ceará, Brazil, South America

18
7 3
Salvador is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Bahia, Brazil

19
7 3
São Luís is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Maranhão, Brazil

20
6 3
Galápagos Province is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Galápagos Province Pacific Ocean

21
5 2
Otavalo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Otavalo Canton, Ecuador

22
7 5
Tarija is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Tarija Department, Bolivia

23
7 5
La Paz Municipality, Baja Cali... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit

24
6 4
Mindo, Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Mindo, Ecuador Pichincha, Ecuador

25
6 4
Armação dos Búzios is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

26
5 3
Salinas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Salinas Canton, Ecuador

27
6 5
Caracas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Capital District, Venezuela

28
6 5
Arequipa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Peru

29
5 4
San Pedro de Atacama is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Antofagasta Region, Chile

30
5 4
Cuenca is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Cuenca Canton, Ecuador

31
5 4
San Martín de los Andes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Neuquén Province, Argentina

32
4 3
Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Bolivia

33
4 3
Cafayate is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Salta Province, Argentina

34
4 3
Manaus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Amazonas, Brazil

35
4 3
Belo Horizonte is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Minas Gerais, Brazil

36
4 3
Viña del Mar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit

37
3 2
Colonia del Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Colonia Department, Uruguay

38
1 0
Iquitos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
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Peru

39
6 6
Ollantaytambo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Cusco Region, Peru

40
5 5
Cali is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Valle del Cauca Department, Colombia

41
4 4
Brasília is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Federal District, Brazil

42
3 3
Baños de Agua Santa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Baños de Agua Santa Ecuador

43
3 3
El Calafate is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, Argentina

44
3 3
Pucón is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Pucón Chile

45
3 3
Villa de Leyva is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Boyacá Department, Colombia

46
4 5
San Carlos de Bariloche is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Río Negro Province, Argentina

47
3 4
Urubamba is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Peru

48
3 4
La Serena, Chile is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
La Serena, Chile Coquimbo Region, Chile

49
2 3
Santa Marta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Magdalena Department, Colombia

50
2 3
Rurrenabaque is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Beni Department, Bolivia