South American City Breaks

Thinking of making holiday plans but aren’t too sure where to go? Why not consider visiting one of South America’s exciting and vibrant cities? Many of the them contain numerous activities and attractions that can make planning a trip quite overwhelming. To help making the holiday planning easier, we have highlighted some of the must-sees and must-dos in the top 3 cities across South America.

São Paulo, Brazil

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São Paulo – Flickr: Júlio Boaro

São Paulo offers countless things to do for its visitors. From excellent restaurants and botecos (bar-restaurant) to a vibrant music and club scene and more culture and shopping opportunities than you’ll know what to do with. Being the biggest city in Brazil, has allowed it to contain a delicious amount of restaurants, be culturally diverse and include a self-indulgent intensity to its nightlife that is unmatched by any other city.

There are many great museums and attractions in São Paulo to keep any tourist happy. For a taste of nature amidst the urban city, Parque Trianon offers a pleasant break and is the last trace of the original Mata Atlântica. Appreciators of painting and sculpture can get their fill at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Temporary exhibitions of Brazilian artists share floor space with big contemporary artists like Picasso and Gainsborough.

Dining out is a popular pastime in São Paulo and is evident by the sheer abundance of restaurants throughout the city. Many eateries are informal, community-centred social spaces where family and friends get together to sit and chat for hours. A popular market in São Paulo is the animated Mercado Municipal, which is home to one of the world’s biggest Mortadella sandwich. If you’re looking for something more hip then try Alberta #3. It is one of the most reliably energetic joints in town with its rock’n’roll décor theme.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Faro de Palacio Barolo sobre Congreso – Flickr: Beatrice Murch

This Argentinean city is not only a beautiful city to behold but also one with a vibrant culture. The stunning city is lined with numerous churches, palaces and public buildings that seem to the capture the full spectrum of every architectural style known to mankind. The locals are all very friendly which adds to why Buenos Aires is one of the best places to visit in South America.

The number of fantastic attractions to see in Buenos Aires can be overwhelming, but we have selected some that you don’t want to miss out on. One the most thrilling experiences of any visit to Buenos Aires is bouncing along with fans at a Boca Junior football match. The exciting display of the leaping and cheering is often more exciting than the game on the pitch. Any visit to Boca Juniors’ intimate Bombonera stadium will be an adventure that will never be forgotten. Take a trip to Malba: Colección Costantini, where works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera share the walls with lesser-known Argentinean artists. Or, go on a picnic and see over 200 species of birds in the Reserva Ecólogica Costanera Sur.

If you’re looking to try a quintessential Argentinean feast than look no further than La Brigada. The restaurant’s most popular dish is chorizo and morcilla (black pudding) which is accompanied by briny riñon (liver) and delectable molleja (sweetbread). If you’re searching try a more chic restaurant than try the outstanding El Bistro for an exceptional Spanish meal.

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Santiago, Chile

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Cerro Santa Lucia- Flickr: Phil Whitehouse

Being the capital and economic centre of Chile has allowed Santiago to become the country’s fastest growing city. With all of its museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and entertainment opportunities, Santiago has acquired a reputation for being a wonderful and exciting city to visit for a holiday.

The Parque Metropolitano is a vast park home to Cerro San Cristóbal. From atop the park, there is a beautiful view over the city and on a clear day you can even see the magnificent Andes. The summit can be reached by cable car or via a 40-60 minute hike. Within the park, there is a botanical garden, zoo and two swimming pools. Another fantastic sight to see is the Cerro Santa Lucia. It’s a park lined with fountains and stairs leading up to a fort and viewpoint at the top. The summit has a great view of the manhattan-esque city centre.

Eat out at some of the best restaurants Santiago has to offer. If you love delicious seafood, then a visit to Aquí Está Coco is a must. Seafood is this restaurant’s specialty and its menu has a wide variety of fish and shellfish to choose from. A great place to get a more traditional Chilean meal is Pipeño Mesa Chilena. Serving fresh homemade Chilean food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, this restaurant is sure to give you a true Chilean experience.