Presided over by the spectacular statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most vibrant cities on earth. The sixth largest settlement in the Americas, it is legendary for its music, its dancing and its street culture. Whether you choose to take in the incredible Carnival or enjoy everyday life in the city, it’s a destination that repays dividends, with amazing sights and sounds to keep you engrossed.
Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, is possibly the most southerly city on the planet. Once a missionary base, penal colony and naval establishment, it enjoys a spectacular location against an amazing backdrop of lofty mountains, and has every attraction you can imagine, including superb restaurants and casinos.
Another of Argentina’s highlights is Puerto Madryn in Patagonia, celebrated by the cognoscenti for its stunning beaches. From its unspoilt shores you can watch killer whales gambol and play, or take the plunge and go deep sea fishing, snorkelling, kite boarding or windsurfing.
Or perhaps you’d prefer the elegant café culture of Buenos Aires, arguably the continent’s most cosmopolitan and elegant city. From culture to nightclubs, fine dining restaurants and bars, Buenos Aires has everything you can imagine.
Montevideo, capital of neighbouring Uruguay, is smaller and less ostentatious, but has plenty to offer, including a remarkable mix of modern and colonial architecture. Talking of colonial architecture, Cartagena in Colombia is a wonderful, unspoilt walled city with every modern facility in a historic setting. It is one of the undiscovered jewels of South America and a treasure overdue for your attention.