The Most Beautiful Cities in South America 

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Updated November 18, 2019 4.5k votes 818 voters 62.6k views 33 items

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List of the most beautiful cities in South America, as ranked by South American natives and world travelers. For travelers who have always wished to visit the wonder of South America, choosing the right city to inhabit for a few weeks of vacation can be difficult. Many of the South American countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, and Chile, have cities that feature the best that the continent has to offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a thrilling adventure among the native wildlife or to enjoy a cultural festival any time of the year, there is sure to be a city in South America that has everything you need.

Cities like Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Salvador offer the sights of the best big cities, including incredible skylines and strong art culture. Beach front cities, such as Buzios, are go-to locations for those who want to lie out in the sun and watch the clear blue waves. Many of the cities in South America are home to ancient ruins and architectural wonders that are unlike anywhere else in the world.

What are the most beautiful cities in South America? This list features the top cities for new tourists and professional travelers alike. 

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Cusco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beautiful Cities in South America
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Cusco's streets are lined with stone, leading up to major attractions like the Church of Santa Domingo and Plaza de Armas.

Located In: Cusco Region, Peru

Area (km sq): 70015.0

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Santiago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beautiful Cities in South America
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Santiago has an art culture that spills out of the galleries and museums onto the streets with the colorful buildings and one-of-a-kind architecture. 

Located In: South America

Area (km sq): 641.0

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Bogotá is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beautiful Cities in South America
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Bogota is one of the most populated cities in the world, with historical sites like the Plaza del Chorro Del Quevedo. 

Located In: Cundinamarca Department, Colombia

Area (km sq): 1587.0

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San Martín de los... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beautiful Cities in South America
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The mountains in San Martin de Los Andes lures in hundreds of snow sport lovers and hiking enthusiasts daily.

Located In: Neuquén Province, Argentina

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