"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the places and moments that take our breath away."
Framed by the ancient Brazilian Highlands in the East and the Andean Mountains in the West, South America's heartland is shared between the Amazon basin and expanses of pampas. Mt. Aconcagua in the Andes is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere with a height of 6,959 m.
Home to a number of native peoples, most notably the Incan empire, South America was colonized by Spanish and Portuguese explorers beginning in the early 1500's. As a result, today's South American countries offer a fascinating blend of South American and European cultures.
While every country has something to offer in its own right, some of the popular tourist destinations include Machu Picchu and Cusco in Peru, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Patagonia in Chile, and the Galapagos Islands.