South America

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This article originally appeared in Delta Air Lines’ 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide. It has been extracted from its original format. To read the full travel guide, visit the digital edition.

We can think of oh so many good reasons why now is the time to let Delta Air Lines introduce you—or reacquaint you—with a whole new world of vacation treasures and pleasures in South America.

Far south of our borders, when you’re going where Delta’s going, you’ll be landing in the top capitals of commerce and culture, whose cosmopolitan highs include grand and boutique hotels and award-winning restaurants, museums packed with ancient artifacts and contemporary Latin American art, shopping options galore and high-stepping nightlife.

Of course, beyond the urban centers, you’ll discover that South America is the land of the Inca, the samba, the tango; charming colonial towns and grand archaeological sites; nature reserves and national parks brilliant with exotic flora and fauna; irresistible handicraft markets; and white-sand beaches fringing the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Above all, top to bottom, South America fills the bill in new and involving experiences for adventure- and nature-loving travelers who want to accent vacations with hiking and mountain biking, scuba diving and summer skiing, river rafting and sea kayaking, birdwatching and llama trekking, exploring ancient cities and enjoying cultural encounters.

When planning travel to the vast South American continent, think small. Choose one or two countries, get to know a region, come back again and again to visit others. Delta, for instance, helps you explore more of Argentina through its partnership with Aerolineas Argentinas, which serves eight domestic destinations, as well as neighboring Uruguay and Paraguay, from Buenos Aires. In Brazil, GOL is the Delta partner whose flight network is key to discovery of all corners of this continent-size country.

Another planning thought—while the Internet puts lots of destination, accommodation and activities information right at your fingertips, it’s the tour operators specializing in South America travel that know where to see the tango and do the tango in Buenos Aires; or when the train leaves for Machu Picchu; how to beat our summer heat for winter skiing in Argentina and Chile; when it’s Carnival time in Brazil, or Colombia for that matter; or when the blue-footed boobies are dancing in the Galapagos Islands (actually most of the time). Customized vacations and well-priced packages are their specialty, benefiting both travel agents and their leisure and business clients.

With flights from the U.S. to 10 destinations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Venezuela, Delta Air Lines is ready for take-off when you are. Vamos!