South America Tourist Guide
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South American Resorts

 
In South America you can group resorts into three categories: seaside resorts, ski resorts and spa resorts.
 
Seaside Resorts: Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago 350 km off the north-east coast of Brazil. It is a place of stunning beauty and finding a nice beach is an easy task. Because tourist numbers are strictly monitored, it is easy to spot turtles, octopuses and a great number of different fish. The 1,100 km coastline of the state of Bahia is speckled with spectacular beaches, among these Taipus de Fora on the Maraú Peninsula. The beaches in Rio de Janeiro are world famous. The warm water, fantastic views, entertainment and beach goers are all part of the attraction.
 
 
 
The Atlantic coast of Argentina is full of seaside resorts where Argentines, specially the people from Buenos Aires, like to spend the summer. Forests, sand dunes, fishing places, beaches, casinos, and nightlife are the principal attractions of well-known places such as San Clemente del Tuyú, Santa Teresita, San Bernardo, Pinamar, Cariló, Villa Gesell, Miramar, Necochea and Mar del Plata - a city with half a million inhabitants and main fishing port on the Argentine coast.
 
In Chile, Valparaiso, and particularly Vina del Mar, is the most important tourist area in the country and one of the most attractive of its kind in South America. Between Los Molles in the North and Santo Domingo in the South, the coastline of the Valparaiso region is scattered with beaches which are among the most popular in the country due to their varied infrastructure and proximity to the capital (120 km. from Santiago). Exclusive seaside resorts are those of Zapallar and Cachagua which mix the beauty of the landscape with the architectonic tradition in Zapallar and the harmony of stile in Cachagua. Maitencillo stands out for its restaurants which are highly visited throughout the year by gourmets who enjoy dishes prepared with fish.
 
As a South American country with a Caribbean coast, Venezuela is uniquely blessed. Magarita Island is Venezuela's tourist island, when it comes to resorts, there are plenty of bars, nightclubs, free-port shopping, water sports etc. Tacarigua is a wide beach resort beyond a lagoon, secluded but not far from the capital, Caracas. The Paria Peninsula has idyllic beaches and resorts.
 
In Uruguay, a popular destination with Argentinians and Brazilians for years has been Punta del Este. In recent years, Americans, Canadians and Europeans have begun to discover the delights of this unique resort. Unspoiled beaches that stretch for miles, beautiful lakes and countryside, classy restaurants, bars and people.
 
Ski Resorts: If you would like to do some summer skiing and snowboarding, Argentina has a wide range of ski resorts to suit all abilities. Las Lenas is possible the most famous for the extreme skiers and those that crave powder, off-piste and back country skiing or snowboarding. Bariloche in the lake district of Patagonia is another well known resort with skiing for everyone in an idyllic setting on lake Nahuel Huapi. Other ski resorts in Argentina are less frequented. Chapelco Ski Resort is located above the town of San Martin de los Andes in a beautiful lake district setting. It has a snowpark and tree skiing and a wide range of pistes to suit all abilities. Other resorts are much smaller situated in various locations. The season for skiing in Argentina is June to October, with high season in July and August.

The ski resorts in Chile have good powder at high altitude, with plenty of clear sunny days. The snow is at its best in August and early September, the tail-end of the southern hemisphere winter.Valle Nevado, La Perva and Colorado, known as the Tres Valles. These three resorts lie about one and a half hours drive from Santiago. They are now linked by a common lift system and together provide a huge skiable area.
Other ski resorts worth mentioning are Chillan, a pretty big resort on the south side of the volcano of the same name, Antuco, a small resort with just two tows and about 600 meters of vertical run, and Villarrica, a good resort on the slopes of Volcan Villarrica.

Spa Resorts: You will find spa resorts located all over most South America, in the cities as well as on the coast near the holiday destinations. The spa resorts offer various types of treatment, for most requests.
 
 

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