12 Travel Bloggers Divulge The Best South American Cities

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You want to go on a trip around South America, but you don’t know the best South American cities to visit. Let the following top travel bloggers be your guide. Below they divulge their favourite South American cities, the number one thing to do th

12 Travel Bloggers Divulge The Best South American Cities
Paul Dow

Paul Dow

Web Site TravMonkey TravMonkey

What’s your favourite city in the world?

Buenos Aires

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? Experience a Tango at Bar Los Laureles whilst sampling a glass of finest Argentinian red wine. It's a venue that has been labelled a “historic site of cultural importance” and over the years been frequented by some of the biggest names in Tango.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there? It's too obvious with Buenos Aires! Amazing steak and red wine, oh and try the empanadas too!

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Rand Shoaf

What’s your favourite city in the world?

Buenos Aires

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? Explore the uniquely different neighborhoods within Buenos Aires. The city offers so much variety---stroll the art-filled cobblestones streets of San Telmo, explore the new Puerto Madero waterfront, visit the colorfully painted La Boca neighborhood, shop the high-fashion streets of the Recoleta, or cafe hop the hip Palermo Soho district. With such distinctive neighborhoods there is a rhythm for every traveler.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there?

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Jazmín Harb Andrade

Jazmín Harb Andrade

Web Site Traveltoblank.com Traveltoblank.com

What’s your favourite city in the world?

Cuenca, Ecuador

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? Our favorite city in the world is Cuenca, Ecuador. Cuenca is full of history, beautiful architecture and delicious gastronomy. Cuenca is located on the southern side of the Andes Mountain. It has good weather and it is not an expensive place making it one of the best cities in the world to retire. There are two main attractions in the city that you cannot miss no matter what: the New Cathedral and the Turi Swing. The New Cathedral is famous for it's three blue beautfiul domes where you can go up stairs and get a beautiful panoramic view of downtown Cuenca. The second one, is a swing that is high on a mountain side with a beautiful overlook of the city below.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there? Helados from Tutto Freddo. The best ice creams in the country!

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Joanna Nemes

What’s your favourite city in the world?

It is hard to answer your question as I have explored so many beautiful cities during my travels. However, if I was to choose only one city I would probably go with Cusco, in Peru.

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? There are several things that make it special to me, one of them being its height. Cusco is a small city, with small buildings. It’s built on different hills so every time you start climbing one, on the tiny cobbled streets, you get to see a glimpse of the stunning panorama dominated by red rooftops and cute courtyards. Secondly, the food! Honestly, you can’t go hungry in Cusco. There are so many family run restaurants that make incredible food, not to mention the central market where you can indulge with the traditional Peruvian dishes such as Lomo Saltado or Ají de Gallina cooked right in front of you. The third reason must be its culture. There is so much Inca heritage in this city that not even living here for an entire year would be enough to discover it all. My recommendation on what to do when you get to Cusco is to embrace its vibe and culture. Take a free walking tour of the city, go eat in the central market, make friends among the locals, go to a Peruvian music concert in one of the pubs around the main square. And then, after spending a few days here, attempt one of the 3-4-5 days hike that lead to Machu Picchu.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there?

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Niina Lehikoinen

Niina Lehikoinen

Web Site Bizarre Globe Hopper Bizarre Globe Hopper

What’s your favourite city in the world?

Leticia, Colombia

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? Letícia is the best gateway to the Amazon. This small Colombian border town wins hands down its Brazilian and Peruvian counterparts. The whole city is walkable, and although being extremely remote, it has some great restaurants and hotels. The best news: the pristine rainforest is just a couple of hours’ boat trip away! As weird as this sounds: the best thing to do in Leticía is to get out! So, book a riverboat tour and uncover the secrets of the Amazon. You can pick either day or night tours – or even multi-day Amazon adventures.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there? Dreaming about healthy pizzas? Search no more! Initially, casabe is flatbread made of cassava or yuca. It’s a staple of indigenous tribes living in the Colombian Amazon. Casabe pizza takes the crispy bread to the next level: it’s a small (gluten-free!) pizza on casabe. Casabes taste heavenly and make for a perfect snack or even meal. Santo Angel makes the best casaba pizzas in town – and has a lovely terrace for people watching.

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Bistra and Nace

Bistra and Nace

Web Site The Magic of Traveling The Magic of Traveling

What’s your favourite city in the world?

Rio de Janeiro

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? Rio de Janeiro put a spell on us ever since we set foot in the city. We love the huge city beaches with people jogging, swimming or having a bite around. Inside the city you’ll find many colorful spots with their own vibes, like the biggest favela in South America - Rocinha. Our personal favorite was to join Salgueiro samba school for a crazy Friday night full of dance and fun.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there? Definitely the caipirinha is something every self-respecting bartender or carioca (anyone related to the city) should know how to prepare. It's a cocktail of cachaça (local sugarcane liquor), sugar and lime. Our favorite food in Rio was the Feijoada - it's a stew of rice, black beans, and usually some kind of meat or bacon. We enjoyed "the garnish" the most - those well-spiced rice and beans. Yummy!

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Gareth Leonard

Gareth Leonard

Web Site Tourist 2 Townie Tourist 2 Townie

What’s your favourite city in the world?

Rio de Janeiro

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? Hiking Morro Dois Irmãos for sunrise. The adventure just getting there is something special, just make sure you go with someone who knows the area.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there? Traditional Acai Bowls and Pao de Queijo

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Ernest White II

Ernest White II

Web Site Fly Brother Fly Brother

What’s your favourite city in the world?

São Paulo

What’s the number ONE thing you recommend people do when they get there and why? Absolutely do not miss the Vai-Vai samba school rehearsal, which happens a few times a week between about September and Carnival. It's a phenomenal cultural experience, full of music, excitement, and beautiful people. It's a taste of Carnival at a fraction of the price and the crowds.

What local food and drink do people HAVE to try there? Despite the city's international profile, you can still find Brazil's national dish--the hearty bean-and-meat stew called feijoada--at several spots around town. Since I don't drink alcohol, I usually have a can of Guaraná Antarctica soda with ice and an orange slice.

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Cristina Anton

I love this post but unfortunately people is quite confused with where is South America located. Neither Cuba or Mexico are located in South America, they are located in North American and the Caribbean.


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