A luxury escape in South America could see you go from strolling through colonial streets to dancing with the best at a tango club. Sample Colombia’s old world charm in Cartagena de Indias, or explore the sleek artist’s quarter and downtown beach in Lima, Peru. Down in Argentina, Buenos Aires could rival New York as ‘the city that never sleeps’. After a morning exploring baroque churches and bustling boulevards, take a siesta. You’re likely to be up to the early hours in the city’s buzzing restaurants and bars.
From diving hotspots to dizzying mountain trails, South America is the definitive playground for thrill seekers. Scale sheer cliffs in Argentina’s Mendoza region – or ski down world-class slopes. Venture to the ends of the earth in Patagonia, where you’ll find pristine lakes and rivers in Ushuaia Bay. If you’d prefer to sit and watch the world go by, chances are you’ll see some incredible wildlife. Look out for the majestic giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, or spot jewel-bright hummingbirds in the mangrove forests of Brazil’s Bahia coast.
Whether it’s art and history or food and drink, South America has a wealth of cultural treasures to discover. Get swept up with Argentina’s national obsession at a ‘futbol’ game in Buenos Aires. Or savour succulent steak and renowned wines on a country retreat in Mendoza. Further north, Peru’s Inca heritage comes to life at the museums and archaeological sites surrounding Lima. While Colombia’s thriving modern art scene is best explored in bustling Cali.