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On the road to Montanita

A surprising side of Ecuador

Destination: Ecuador

Ecuador might not leap to mind as a nightlife destination - but from the clubs of Quito to the full-on partying of Montanita, it's got more than its fair share of action going on

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Copacabana beach

Party like a local in marvellous Rio de Janeiro

Destination: Rio de Janeiro

Rio is famous for its beaches, its beautiful people and its nightlife. If you want to party, you've come to the right place

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Fiesta, old city, Cartagena

Cartagena: a colonial gem

Destination: Cartagena

Cartagena is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world – go to see it now, before the secret gets out that Colombia is not that dangerous

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Marinelli Glacier

Cruising Patagonia: the trip of a lifetime

Destination: Patagonia

Sailing along the icy coast of southern Patagonia, taking in Cape Horn and Glacier Alley, and meeting seals, whales and penguins en route, is one of the most spectacular journeys on the planet

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Passion: street tango in La Boca

A passion for Buenos Aires

Destination: Buenos Aires

There's nowhere quite like the Argentinian capital: if you fancy learning to tango, feasting on the best steak ever or simply snapping up a bargain leather jacket, Buenos Aires is the place to be

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Street party next to the famous Lapa arches. Credit: Alicia Nijdam

The Rio thing: samba lessons for free at a Lapa street party

Destination: Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is renowned for its beaches, its bars and its effervescent carnival – but you haven't experienced Brazil until you attend a street party in Lapa, the city's bohemian hub

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A jaunt into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest from Manaus

Destination: Manaus

Brazil's Manaus is the perfect place to begin your trip into the jungle. Once there, grab your camera, don your raincoat and bear witness to the array of ecological delights in the Amazon Rainforest

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Montevideo: The Placio Salvo and the tomb of General Jose Artigas

Why Uruguay? Take a trip to Montevideo

Destination: Montevideo

Squeezed in-between Brazil and Argentina, the tiny nation of Uruguay is often overlooked. However, with some architectural delights, good food and fantastic beaches, it really is worth a visit

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Awesome: the Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls: a South American must-see

Destination: Foz de Iguacu

Iguazu, Iguassu, Iguaçu... however you spell their name, these awe-inspiring waterfalls on the border of Brazil and Argentina can justifiably claim to be the most spectacular in the world

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Lincoln's bust in the Parque Forestal

Santiago in a day

Destination: Santiago

Even with only a short time to spend in Chile's capital Santiago, you can get a great impression of the lively city. Here's a walking tour of my favourite parts to help you cram in as much as possible

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