Posted: 2010-04-22 14:08:00
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South America is a very large and diverse place, as you obviously know. It all depends what you would like to do on the continent and how much time you have for the trip.
Is your question totally open-ended? At least with regard to the places to visit?
1. You could spend several weeks in the Amazonia only, discovering the wildlife.
2. You could travel along the east coast of the continent discovering Brazil's colonial towns and beachlife. And that can take several weeks, too or shorter, if you decided to fly domestically, too.
3. You could spend a few weeks in the Argentine Patagonia trekking in the Andes, hiking on the glaciers (Glaciares NP near El Calafate), watching whales, chasing penguins, riding horses...
4. You could spend 3-4 weeks in Peru discovering Incas' sites, visiting Uros people living on the lake Titicaca, admiring colonial Arequipa and the volcanoes and canyons nearby (incl. Canyon Colca), and photographing the condors, deciphering Nazca lines, wandering about the pyramids of the Chimu and the mud palaces of the Chan Chan civilisations, and trekking in the magnificent Cordillera Blanca in the Huascaran NP. Plus there are beaches as well, the best I saw was in Huanchaco.
5. There are some great spots to visit in Bolivia and Ecuador, which could be done together with Peru; Venezuela, Suriname, the Guyanas, which have some unique places, could be done together with Brazil; and Chile is not bad at all, either.
Yeah, there is no easy answer to your question...
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