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Culture The Best South American Cities to Visit  

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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 8
Rio de Janeiro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
23 7
São Paulo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
São Paulo, Brazil

3
24 11
Buenos Aires is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

4
14 5
Foz do Iguaçu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Paraná, Brazil

5
15 6
Quito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
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6
11 3
Cusco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Cusco Region, Peru

7
9 2
Valparaíso is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
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8
12 5
Montevideo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Montevideo Department, Uruguay

9
12 5
Florianópolis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Santa Catarina, Brazil

10
14 7
Santiago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
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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
9 4
Olinda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Pernambuco, Brazil

14
12 8
Bogotá is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Cundinamarca Department, Colombia

15
8 4
Ushuaia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego

16
7 3
Fortaleza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Ceará, Brazil, South America

17
7 3
Puerto Iguazú is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Puerto Iguazú Argentina

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
7 4
Armação dos Búzios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

21
6 3
Galápagos Province is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Galápagos Province Pacific Ocean

22
5 2
Otavalo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Otavalo Otavalo Canton, Ecuador

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

24
7 5
Tarija is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Tarija Tarija Department, Bolivia

25
6 4
Mindo, Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best South American Cities to Visit
Mindo, Ecuador Pichincha, Ecuador