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There are hundreds of interesting sites spread across South America and these are but a few of our favorites. For additional info and links explore the individual countries on the map.

  • Beagle Channel was traversed by Charles Darwin during his 1831 world voyage. He traveled through this somewhat narrow body of water on his way to the Pacific Ocean. Later named for Darwin's ship, the Beagle, it's one of the most beautiful water passageways on the planet. In modern times, it's the favorite route of cruise ships traveling south to Ushuaia and Antarctica because unlike the often turbulent South Pacific Ocean, it's waters are sheltered and calm. In addition, it's fronted by some of the most impressive glaciers in South America and...
  • The Devil's Islands archipelago consists of three small islands, located just a few miles off the coast of French Guiana. The group includes Ile du Diable (Devil's Island), Ile Ste-Joseph and Ile Royale. The islands are known throughout the modern world by the brutal history of the 19th century French penal settlement that was located here. It was Ile du Diable (or Devil's Island itself) that perpetuated that story across the planet, especially with the release of a novel and movie called...
  • Magdalena Island, Chile is positioned in the Strait of Magellan about 27 miles northeast of Punta Arenas. The island is literally covered by Magellanic penguins, and in fact, an estimated 70,000 mated pairs call it home. When their chicks are counted...
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil It is without question one of the most magnificent port cities on the planet. It's world famous for many things, but the most significant ones certainly must include Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, an unrivaled Carnival celebration, infectous samba music, some of the best soccer teams to ever play the game, Christ the Redemmer statue high atop Corcovado mountain, enormous granite peaks in all directions, incuding Sugarloaf mountain and...
  • Ushuaia, Argentina is considered the southernmost (city) in the world. It was first the site of a prison established by the Argentine government. In addition to fabulous skiing and other winter sport activities, it's the gateway to Antarctica and...

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This page was last updated on September 19, 2016.