This page is home to all of the South American countries. If you are looking for Central American countries such as Panama, or Carribean Islands such as Aruba or Bonaire, these are located under the North America Page.
South America is a vast continent with astonishingly varied climates & terrain. This land is home to the largest river & jungle in the world, but also home to some of the most extreme alpine conditions.
South America has long been a destination for adventure-seeking alpinists. The dramatically steep peaks of the Andes
are reknowned for their beauty & feared for their unstable cornices & snow flutings. The granite spires & rime coated summits of Patagonia
& Torres del Paine
are the source of countless legends. Those in search of extreme altitude will enjoy the relatively simple volcanos of Ecaudor or the nearly 7000 meter-high Aconcagua in Argentina.
Lowland rock climbers have also recently begun to explore South America's vast potential. Argentina & Brazil are known to have excellent sport climbing on marble & limestone cliffs. The continent is also littered with high quality granite, and numerous Yosemite-esque valleys such as Valle Cochamó
provide limitless possibilities.
While it is technically possible to drive, bike, or walk, most folks will want to fly to South America. Once in country, most travel is by public transport.