CULTURE IN SOUTH AMERICA
Culture of South America
Culturally, South America has more than enough to offer. Naturally, you’ll encounter the heritage left by the Incas. Like the Machu Picchu where aside from many cultural treasures you can also enjoy unrivalled panoramas. But you can also experience South American culture in lively cities like Arequipa and Cuzco. Wander through ancient streets, smell the scents of irresistible dishes and admire the romantic balconies. Languish on a terrace with a good glass of wine and take in the street scene. Or submerge yourself in the wild life of a gauchos and forget everything around you. We want to inspire you and create a trip full of cultural highlights.
The cultural highlight of South America is undoubtedly Machu Picchu. Located in the mystical Sacred Valley, this was the capital of the Inca empire in the 15th century. It holds many unique cultural treasures and has a spectacular view of the Andes mountain range. The magic can be felt!
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at an altitude of 3820 metres. You can visit islands like Taquile and Uros, where you can walk across old Inca trails and cook and stay with the colourful local families.
The Spanish conquerors have left behind them beautiful, colonial cities from the 15th century. Arequipa and Cusco are the jewels of Peru. Stroll through the picturesque streets with wooden balconies and baroque cathedrals. And enjoy the refined kitchen, atmospheric restaurants and local markets. The white and charming Sucre is the gem of Bolivia. But Salta in Argentina and San Pedro in Chile are also pleasing to the eye and take you back in time.
Lovers of wine will find all their heart’s desires in South America, which is known for the world’s best wines. Visit Mendoza, the Argentinian city of wine and home of the famous Malbec, or explore the Chilean Elqui Valley, surrounded by peaceful vineyards. Nothing beats a good glass of wine in the vibrant Buenos Aires!
The Gauchos are the South American equivalent of cowboys and central to the landscape of the pampas and Andes. Around the city of Salta, many gaucho ranches can be found but also around Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Live like a gaucho? We can arrange your stay at a gaucho farm. There’s even the option of exploring the Andes by horse, yourself.
The colonial city of Salta in the north of Argentina is surrounded by a Wild West landscape. It’s characterised by rough rock formations, cactuses and coloured mineral mountains with native culture. Great to explore with an organised tour, or on your own by motorcycle or car!