Top 10 Vibrant Cities You Need To Visit In South America

Whether big or small, South American cities never cease to disappoint. The cities here are always vibrant and energetic, colorful and boasting rich cultural as well as historic heritage. We have picked ten great towns that you should consider visiting once in your lifetime.

10. Huacachina, Ica Region, Peru

The resort town is founded in the desert oasis and the shore of the small lake. It is a popular attraction among the tourists, who come here to sandboard and ride the dunes in the buggies. In the early 20th century the oasis was a popular resort for the rich from Lima. Today it is a wonderful destination for adventure tours.

9. Valparaiso, Chile

The most important seaport of Chile is situated 112 km (70 mi) from Santiago. The city with its colorful houses and steep streets was known among the sailors as “Little San Francisco”. Declared a world heritage site and protected by UNESCO, Valparaiso’s eclectic architecture attracts tourists from all around the world.

8. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

The oldest settlement in the country, founded in the early 16th century. Today due to the rich historic heritage, which includes fortifications, churches and houses from colonial era, Old San Juan is considered to be a National Heritage Site.

7. São Paulo, Brazil

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the city first served as a village, which gradually grew into the capital of Brazil. Today the megacity has the most exciting nightclubs ever, where champagne and luxurious liquors flow freely. Also the abundance of great restaurants attract visitors, who are willing to discover the versatile local cuisine.

6. Cartagena, Colombia

Also called the jewel of the Caribbean coast, Cartagena was established by the Spanish colonialists in the 16th century and served as the colonial center at the time. Today its old town, walled city and the fortress are being protected by UNESCO.

5. Lima, Peru

The capital of and the largest city in Peru has it all: staggering nature as well as vibrant urban culture. The city is posited on the coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, found on the valleys and rivers. It is also home to one of the oldest universities in the world – the National University of San Marcos, which was founded in the mid 16th century.

4. Mexico City, Mexico

The vibrant capital is an entire state to discover. The Historic center of Mexico City has an abundance of well preserved historic architecture, which, along with Xochimilco’s floating gardens, is protected by UNESCO. Visitors are welcome to discover the local cuisine in numerous restaurants, art in the museums and hip urban life, which is busy all day and all night.

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital of one of the biggest countries in South America is the hub of culture. Beautiful historic buildings, various venues, restaurants and museums attract tourists from all around the world. The tango clubs are also among the popular attractions, where visitors can enjoy the passionate performance.

2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1502, when the Portuguese explorers discovered the bay, they were amazed by the astonishing bay. Weird shaped mountains and rocks were never seen before by the Europeans. Today it is one of the most recognizable sites in Brazil. Also visit historic Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden opened in the early 19th century.

1. Santiago, Chile

The capital and the largest city of Chile is founded high in the valley – at 520 m (1,706 ft) above sea level. Surrounded with the Andes mountains, that create the most staggering backdrop, Santiago boasts impressive architecture from various eras, cultural life and sports events.