We started in Peru, stayed in the Sacred Valley, took the train and hiked to Machu Picchu, then drove by bus from Cuzco to Puno where we stayed on the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. We took another bus to Arequipa, then flew to Chile, sailed down the coast, around the horn, out to the Falkland Islands, up to Uruguay and Argentina. We then flew to Iguazu Falls, Curitiba, and Sao Paolo, Brazil before heading to Mendoza, Argentina.
South America is a continent of extremes. Its geography includes the highest, longest, coldest, and deepest of deserts, mountains, rainforests, and beaches. Its cultures are indigenous and European, traditional and modern, and its politics fluctuate from hostile dictators to liberal democracies.