Popular Cities in South America

Top cities in South America, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

Buenos Aires #1 most popular location
Despite a past littered with military rule and economic disasters, Buenos Aires is really starting to get back on its feet. While parts of Argentina's cultural hub still live under the shadow…
1,694travelers 226reviews 641blogs
Rio de Janeiro #2 most popular location
Ah, Rio. Take a perfect seaside spot, backed up by wavering mountains. Plant Christ the Redeemer on a hill to look over it all, and fill in the gaps with a city so steeped in passion that lea…
2,304travelers 232reviews 172blogs
Lima #3 most popular location
South America is packed with adventure destinations. However, when it comes time to picking the perfect place to start, Lima offers what many consider to be the ultimate South American city …
953travelers 392reviews 490blogs
Cusco #4 most popular location
This ancient capital of the Incan Empire and a World Heritage Site since 1983, Cusco—or Cuzco as it is commonly known—is a Peruvian city in the Urubamba region of the Andes Mountains nest…
270travelers 164reviews 282blogs
Santiago #5 most popular location
Sadly, Santiago’s is often quite a smoggy capital. And in a setting like this, it genuinely is really sad, as when the Chilean capital is having a bright day there are few more spectacular …
643travelers 103reviews 155blogs
Bogota #6 most popular location
Are you picturing an underhand drug deal and street gangs at the mere thought of Colombia? Bogota can be a little on the shady side, though the vast majority of the illicit activity takes pla…
432travelers 71reviews 60blogs
Sao Paulo #7 most popular location
As Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo is something of a cultural mish-mash, home to an imported assortment of cultures and outlooks as well as an impossible-to-miss mix of the rich and poor. …
1,037travelers 60reviews 84blogs
Quito #8 most popular location
Often sitting under an almost unrealistically blue sky, flanked by soaring volcanoes and home to a heady mix of developing-world modernism and lively history, Quito is part UNESCO World Herit…
270travelers 128reviews 139blogs
Cartagena #9 most popular location
Cartagena is a large Caribbean seaport on the north coast of Colombia and its most popular tourist destination. The city is noted for its impressive architecture, mixed ethnicity and a sumptu…
126travelers 55reviews 55blogs
Bariloche #10 most popular location
San Carlos de Bariloche, more commonly referred to as simply Bariloche, is a gateway to the Andes, lying at the foot of the spectacular mountain range and inviting trekking, skiing and climbi…
57travelers 24reviews 39blogs
Buzios #11 most popular location
Buzios is a town east of Rio de Janeiro (2 hours by car; 3 hours by bus). It is best known as the place Brigitte Bardot visited with her then-Brazilian boyfriend. Since then, Buzios has bee…
15travelers 9reviews 5blogs
Salvador da Bahia #12 most popular location
The capital of Brazil’s north eastern district, Salvador is home to natives who speak with a heavily regionalized and accented version of Portuguese, and live in rustic, pastel-colored buil…
129travelers 26reviews 62blogs
Arequipa #13 most popular location
Arequipa is an essential stop in the Peru tourist trail. Arequipa sits in a seemingly dangerous location, propped up between three towering volcanoes, and has a whitewashed, almost Mediterran…
65travelers 47reviews 89blogs
Florianopolis #14 most popular location
The capital city of the Santa Catarina State in the southernmost section of Brazil, Florianopolis is an island city just off the coast, known for its 40+ beaches and major surfing activity. N…
87travelers 10reviews 73blogs
Puerto Iguazu #15 most popular location
The final port of call in Argentina, tiny Puerto Iguazu stares across the confluence of the Rios Parana at both Brazil and Paraguay, and has lost most of its sense of community to all encompa…
91travelers 37reviews 66blogs
Medellin #16 most popular location
Smaller than Bogota and situated in the Aburrá valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains, Medellín is one of the newest and most modern large cities in South America. Once the home of the …
156travelers 39reviews 49blogs
La Paz #17 most popular location
La Paz is a city that has a very special topography, and has a limited space that extends through the various hills and valleys that make it up. Before "El Alto" and "La Paz" were one city,…
113travelers 75reviews 119blogs
Mendoza #18 most popular location
Wine, wine and more wine. If you somehow came to Mendoza without knowing about its most notable export, you’re probably the only one. The city’s located in the heart of the Cuyo region, a…
78travelers 22reviews 60blogs
Paraty #19 most popular location
Paraty is a beautiful colonial portuguese and Brazilian Imperial town located at Green Coast or Costa Verde. Situated just near to the border of Sao Paulo, Paraty is located in the State of R…
12travelers 10reviews 3blogs
Porto Seguro #20 most popular location
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Puno #21 most popular location
A Peruvian city noted for its proximity to one of the country’s must-see sights, Lake Titicaca, Puno is widely – and correctly – touted as simply a place to lay your head, with days inv…
26travelers 29reviews 75blogs
Machu Picchu #22 most popular location
The astonishing site of Machu Picchu has recently become one of the most talked about travel destinations in the world. Situated 2,350 meters above sea level in a seemingly impossibly…
1,050travelers 45reviews 111blogs
Natal #23 most popular location
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El Calafate #24 most popular location
For a small town that lay dormant for most of the 20th century as a refuge that only a few select individuals knew about, El Calafate is nevertheless one of the hottest spots on the planet ri…
16travelers 21reviews 34blogs
Montevideo #25 most popular location
Montevideo sits right on the water, with several boardwalks, 'ramblas', that border the beach on the Southern end of the city. The city has many beautiful parks, the most popular being 'el P…
145travelers 13reviews 50blogs
Valparaiso #26 most popular location
Valparaiso is one of those places that literally went for decades as a relatively unnoticed city on the planet, even by its own country’s residents. A coastal city in central Chile and the …
39travelers 15reviews 25blogs
Fortaleza #27 most popular location
The city of the sun. Fortaleza is the capital of the state Ceará. It's in the north east of Brazil and apparently it's sunny during 300 days a year. Temperature is around around 28°C - 30°…
67travelers 10reviews 8blogs
Foz do Iguacu #28 most popular location
Iguazu falls, Parana's capital city, is the westernmost city in the state of Parana. The inhabitants of the city are known as Iguaçuenses. The city is located approximately 650 km west o…
34travelers 11reviews 18blogs
Ushuaia #29 most popular location
A sliver of a town that has been called a penal colony, a naval base, and a missionary headquarters in its time, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, located on the far tip of South…
74travelers 20reviews 34blogs
Salta #30 most popular location
One of the best ways to truly live every minute, is by capturing the essence of the place and its odours, and blending with the local people, getting impregnated with their habits and express…
35travelers 7reviews 34blogs
Curitiba #31 most popular location
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Cali #32 most popular location
78travelers 27reviews 14blogs
Manaus #33 most popular location
Manaus, Brazil, nearly 1,000 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, is a modern city (literally) surrounded by the Amazon rainforest. Positioned at the confluence of the Negro and Solimoes riv…
69travelers 24reviews 22blogs
Mar del Plata #34 most popular location
It is the most important beach resort in Argentina, and offers a coastline of more than 17 kilometres with beaches and services according to their hierarchy. It is a modern city in which y…
31travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Guayaquil #35 most popular location
Guayaquil and the South Coast Many visitors to Ecuador are surprised to learn that the seaport of Guayaquil is the country's largest city. But size is not only surprise in this commercial …
77travelers 37reviews 29blogs
Santa Marta #36 most popular location
This city right by the beach is a stop over to great beaches and the lost city jungle track. Here you will find busy markets, some night life with busy working girls and a nice strip on the b…
22travelers 15reviews 15blogs
Cordoba #37 most popular location
Córdoba, abbreviated as CBA, is a city located near the geographical center of Argentina, in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas mountains on the Suquía River, about 700 km west-northwest f…
67travelers 6reviews 26blogs
San Pedro de Atacama #38 most popular location
An oasis in the middle of an otherwise seemingly-barren wasteland, San Pedro de Atacama is a commune and small town in the El Loa Province of the Antofagasta Region of Chile. It sits on the e…
17travelers 18reviews 60blogs
Pucon #39 most popular location
Pucón is the major centre of adventure tourism in Chile. You can do many activities here, for example rafting, hiking, horse back riding and fishing. In the winter or spring you can go t…
8travelers 20reviews 22blogs
Porto Alegre #40 most popular location
Pôr-do Sol no Guaiba... é o mais bonito que eu ja vi!!!
95travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Tibau do Sul #41 most popular location
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Belo Horizonte #42 most popular location
106travelers 7reviews 3blogs
Nazca #43 most popular location
Home to a culture that was undiscovered by the modern world until the latter part of the 19th century, Nazca is a town along the southern coast of Peru that is world-renowned for the famous N…
23travelers 24reviews 38blogs
Punta del Este #44 most popular location
19travelers 3reviews 18blogs
Ilha Grande #45 most popular location
A beautiful under developed island. Ilha Grande or Big Island in English is located in the municipility of Agra dos Reis in the state of Rio de Janeiro. It's rugged surrounding and pristine b…
6travelers 8reviews 11blogs
Vina del Mar #46 most popular location
Located just north of Valparaiso, Vina del Mar is a beach resort town with Chilean coastal character. Littered with restaurants and bars, this rocky Pacific coast town seems to say - casual …
34travelers 10reviews 9blogs
Maceio #47 most popular location
11travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Aguas Calientes #48 most popular location
Aguas Calientes is best known as the ending train station on the trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu. As one would expect with the "Gateway to Machu Picchu", it has developed into a town that bas…
1travelers 27reviews 44blogs
Banos #49 most popular location
Baños Situated in a valley of waterfalls and hotsprings, Baños has become a mecca for international travelers seeking year-round temperate weather, a small town atmosphere, and a base fo…
10travelers 29reviews 43blogs
Jijoca de Jericoacoara #50 most popular location
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Asuncion #51 most popular location
I am by no means an expert on Asuncion, but having recently traveled there, I figured I would sign in as the first reviewer. Asuncion is the capital city of Paraguay located in the southwest…
35travelers 9reviews 6blogs
Morro de Sao Paulo #52 most popular location
Morro de Sao Paulo is on the island of Tinhare which is 308km south of Salvador, the capital of Bahia. The atmosphere is friendly and laid back and you can easily meet people there from all o…
3travelers 4reviews 5blogs
Cuenca #53 most popular location
Cuenca Cuenca; the capital of Azuay Province. Most Ecuadorians consider Cuenca to be their country's most beautiful city and it's hard to find anyone who would argue. Cuenca means river b…
40travelers 13reviews 39blogs
Brasilia #54 most popular location
Brasilia is capital of Brazil. The city is build in four years in 60`s by president Juscelino Kubitschek. He decided to move capital from Rio de Janeiro because of a lots of protests agains t…
123travelers 4reviews 12blogs
San Martin de los Andes #55 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Iquitos #56 most popular location
Iquitos is in the Amazonas region of Peru. This is not to be confused with the Department Amazonas where Chachapoyas is located. Iquitos is the capital of the vast Department of Loreto, which…
31travelers 37reviews 37blogs
Easter Island #57 most popular location
Officially a World Heritage Site with nearly the entire island itself protected within the boundaries of the Rapu Nui National Park, Easter Island is one of the most remote places on the plan…
562travelers 37reviews 14blogs
Ubatuba #58 most popular location
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Puerto Natales #59 most popular location
Puerto Natales is rightfully considered the gateway to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. Almost all services and activities in town function in some way to prepare travelers for their expedi…
12travelers 8reviews 13blogs
Uyuni #60 most popular location
Uyuni is famous for one reason, and one reason only: the salt flats. Years ago this was a tiny railroad junction in the heart of… well, nowhere really, and a place that would barely warrant…
26travelers 14reviews 55blogs
Trujillo #61 most popular location
Trujillo, the third largest city of Peru, is located on the northwestern coast of Peru. It is known as "La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera" (The City of Everlasting Spring) because of its beaut…
28travelers 8reviews 22blogs
Balneario Camboriu #62 most popular location
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Colonia del Sacramento #63 most popular location
Colonia del Sacramento, or simply Colonia, is a lively colonial town, with narrow cobble stoned streets flanked by whitewashed buildings. A trip to this charming town will seem like a trip ba…
5travelers 3reviews 24blogs
Mancora #64 most popular location
If you are looking for a place in Peru where it's always sunny and you can enjoy the beach, waves and also nightlife; Mancora is for you. Located in the north of the country, Mancora offer…
19travelers 33reviews 25blogs
Sucre #65 most popular location
17travelers 12reviews 33blogs
Copacabana #66 most popular location
Normally Copacabana (on the border with Peru and lakeside from Titikaka Lake) for the tourists is one of the entry points to Bolivia, after a short stay they continue to La Paz (three hours b…
11travelers 10reviews 44blogs
Recife #67 most popular location
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Huacachina #68 most popular location
One of the smallest towns in Peru, roughly an hour in from the rugged Pacific coastline, Huacachina is an oasis in the middle of a desert, surrounded by massive sand dunes and a mystical aura…
4travelers 18reviews 27blogs
Fernando de Noronha #69 most popular location
Fernando de Noronha is an small island in front of Natal(400km aprox). Its a natural reserve, thats why only 125 people(tourist) can be each day on the island. Hotels: There are a lot of …
30travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Galapagos Islands #70 most popular location
One of the most remote destinations on the planet, and famous for being the primary inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, the Galapagos Islands are a small archipela…
952travelers 16reviews 59blogs
Ollantaytambo #71 most popular location
Ollantaytambo is a town located in Peru's "Sacred Valley" and is about 40 miles northwest of Cusco on the route to Macchu Pichu. It is located at a fairly lofty altitude of 9,200 feet and th…
3travelers 9reviews 21blogs
El Chalten #72 most popular location
One of the most beautiful places in the world, surely. Cerros FitzRoy and Torre are stunning mountains that provide an amazing backdrop to the town of El Chalten. El Chalten is set amongst …
2travelers 6reviews 30blogs
Puerto Varas #73 most popular location
4travelers 2reviews 9blogs
Caracas #74 most popular location
Regardless of the perceptions one may hear about Caracas, when you first set sight on this beautiful mountainous city, you can only be put in awe of the transcendent nature of the lights and …
220travelers 9reviews 11blogs
Otavalo #75 most popular location
Otavalo Otavalo is a largely indigenous town in Imbabura Province, Ecuador, well known for its huge Saturday market. This market days is touted to be the largest inb South America. The tow…
6travelers 14reviews 23blogs
Sao Sebastiao #76 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Sao Luis #77 most popular location
8travelers 3reviews 4blogs
Santa Cruz #78 most popular location
46travelers 26reviews 14blogs
Urubamba #79 most popular location
4travelers 6reviews 3blogs
Punta Arenas #80 most popular location
There is no city of its size further south on any continent than Punta Arenas, Chile. Originally a penal colony, then a port stop on the journey around the tip of South America, and now a ce…
26travelers 4reviews 15blogs
Itacare #81 most popular location
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Aracaju #82 most popular location
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Potosi #83 most popular location
5travelers 8reviews 33blogs
Guaruja #84 most popular location
Guaruja is an small city located about 90km away from São Paulo city. You can either go there by taking a bus from Jabaquara station in Sao Paulo if you don't have a car. Otherwise, head to …
6travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Barranquilla #85 most popular location
Barranquilla is a beautiful city located next to Grand River Magdalena. Has some big malls with branded factory outlets. People are warm, friendly and open to recieve others. Barranquilla …
50travelers 10reviews 2blogs
Bonito #86 most popular location
small town near the bolivia and famous for its snorkeling. very laid back and not too touristy definitely stop here if you have time to spare
5travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Ouro Preto #87 most popular location
An old minning city that has since become a World Heritage Site by Unesco due to its pure architectural beauty. Set in the centre of a lush green valley, Ouro Preto or the City of the Blac…
4reviews 9blogs
Arica #88 most popular location
The city of Arica is the most northern city of Chile, and is at 19 km. from the border with Peru and at 195 km. from the border with Bolivia. It is a city located at the foot of a hill name…
11travelers 10reviews 11blogs
Huaraz #89 most popular location
13travelers 10reviews 32blogs
Goiania #90 most popular location
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Villa La Angostura #91 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Rosario #92 most popular location
Rosario is 300 km away from the Federal District of Argentina. It is one of the main cities of the country since it is located in a strategic place regarding the MERCOSUR (Southern Common Mar…
37travelers 7blogs
Ica #93 most popular location
It was founded in 1563 by Spanish conquistador Gerónimo Luis de Cabrera. The city is located on the Ica River about 300 km to the south of Lima along the desert coast of southern Peru. Fu…
8travelers 14reviews 10blogs
Belem #94 most popular location
One of the entrances to the Amazon region, Belém is its largest city. A metropolitan area with a stunning river coast. The municipality includes 42 islands and a huge forest park. Known for …
10travelers 14reviews 3blogs
Paramaribo #95 most popular location
Paramaribo (nickname: Par′bo) is the capital and largest city of Suriname, located on banks of the Suriname River in the Paramaribo District. Paramaribo has a population of roughly 250,000 …
77travelers 5reviews 3blogs
Torres Del Paine #96 most popular location
There are destinations in the world which are within reach of everyone, regardless of age or experience level. Cities like Paris, London, Rome, Athens, or New York can all lay claim to being …
44travelers 4reviews 54blogs
Machupicchu #97 most popular location
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Chivay #98 most popular location
Chivay is a small town in Peru, some 12,000 feet above sea level. This is an amazingly beautiful town with hot spring swimming pools and proximity to the wonderful Colca Canyon. Of particula…
2travelers 11reviews 19blogs
Angra dos Reis #99 most popular location
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Campinas #100 most popular location
Campinas is an industrial center about one hour north of São Paulo. A number of international large companies have chosen the region to build their plants, such as IBM, Motorola and many ot…
36travelers 3reviews