A brand new edition featuring illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside over 250 inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring South America's people and places, at the turn of a page. From the magnificent peaks of the Andes to the alluring beaches of Brazil, all attractions are included to ensure you experience the very best of this vibrant and diverse destination, whatever your interests. A special 'Best of' feature highlights the top attractions not to be missed and provides the editor's choice of exclusive and unique recommendations, including the best museums, ruins, churches, nightlife neighbourhoods, wildlife-watching spots, outdoor adventures, tips for families and much more. An in-depth 'Places' section comprises fifteen chapters covering the entire region, from Caracas to the Galapagos and Rio de Janeiro to Tierra del Fuego. All principal sites along the way are conveniently cross-referenced by number to accompanying full-colour maps throughout the guide, to enable instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance.
You will also find a comprehensive 'History' chapter looking back to lost worlds and discovered treasure, European conquest and into the 21st century. Intriguing features explore South America's music, art, architecture and more to give you an in-depth insight into the local culture. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides essential practical information, covering transport, accommodation for all budgets, nightlife, eating out, shopping, money, health, visas, language and much more, along with useful contact telephone numbers to help you book activities in advance. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Best of South America; The Undiscovered Continent. History: Decisive Dates; The First Peoples; The European Conquest; Independence; Into the 21st Century. Features: A Land of Many Faces; Music and Dance; Arts and Crafts; Architecture; Outdoor Adventures. Insights: Mini Features: Rise of Populist Leaders; The Otavaleno Weavers; Ecotourism; Land of Eldorado; Machu Picchu; A Night at the Pena; Coco Leaves; The Last Hidden Tribes; Carnival!; A Bilingual Land; A Jesuit Utopia; Wine Country; Beef and Red Wine; Tango; The Gaucho; Photo Features: Pre-Columbian Societies; Explorers and Eccentrics; Lake Titicaca; Birds of the Galapagos; Riches of the Amazon. Places: Introduction. The North Coast: Columbia; Venezuela; Guyana; Suriname; French Guiana; The Andean Highlands: Peru; Bolivia; Ecuador; The Tropical Giant: Brazil; The Southern Cone: Paraguay; Chile; Easter Island; Uruguay; Argentina; The Falkland Islands. Travel Tips. Maps: South America; Columbia; Venezuela; Guyana, Suriname and French Guina; Peru; Lima; Around Cusco; Bolivia; Around Lake Titicaca; Ecuador; Around Quito; Galapagos Islands; Brazil; Rio de Janeiro; The Southern Cone; Chilean Lake District; Buenos Aires; Inside front cover: South America; Inside back cover: Buenos Aires, Lima; Quito, Rio de Janeiro.