Top South American Cities to Visit

Nick Dauk

Take a fast track to the heart of South American culture in the famously fun cities on our list of carefully curated small-group tours.

Buenos Aires. Bogotá. Lima. Quito. There’s a reason why the best cities in South America are a mainstay on travel bucket lists. You’d be surprised, too, by how many of the safest places to travel in South America are within a few hours of those famous destinations. Get to know the most beautiful natural landscapes in this compelling continent, while venturing into some of the safest South American cities on one of these small-group adventures, bookable with Culture Trip.

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A man in traditional Ecuadorian dress guides a horse alongside the water-filled caldera of lake Quilotoa.

Quito, to discover the essence of Ecuador

Ecuador is in an envious position, having both the Andes and the Amazon in their backyard. It’s not just Quito’s altitude that will make your head feel lighter; the second-highest capital city will send a flow of endorphins to your brain with its culinary delights. Come hungry for this tour, which includes a culinary masterclass at Altamira restaurant and a chocolate-tasting session. Don’t worry, you’ll walk off the extra calories around Quilotoa Lake later in the week.

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This is a rewrite of an article by Georganne Hassell. Additional reporting by Gethin Morgan.

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