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45 Beautiful Photos of South America

From the vibrant tango-filled streets of Buenos Aires to the mystical ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, we've rounded up our favorite travel-inspiring photos of South America—taken by you, our well-traveled Budget Travel audience.

By Kaeli Conforti, Friday, Nov 29, 2013, 6:00 PM

Source Article: 45 Beautiful Photos of South America

The beach in Rio De Janeiro

"The beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil."

(Courtesy hazeleyes90069/myBudgetTravel)

The Amazon by boat

"When I want to get away from it all, travelling by boat on the Peruvian Amazon is the place for me."

(Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)

A llama on the Inca Trail

"This llama on the Inca Trail was a total ham. He loved having his picture taken!"

(Courtesy hmgoldilocks/myBudgetTravel)

Ecuadorian textiles

"Ecuadorian textiles."

(Courtesy Vonelle Viajera/myBudgetTravel)

Sunrise along Ipanema Beach in Brazil

"It was the beginning of a new day after the last night of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. I was walking on the streets of Ipanema, when I looked through the buildings and noticed a very interesting light under the layer of clouds over the ocean."

(Courtesy ricmatts/myBudgetTravel)

Sea Lions in the Galapagos

"Sea Lions in the Galápagos Islands."

(Courtesy bevandlee/myBudgetTravel)

Sao Paulo Civil War Monument

"Driving around São Paulo at night and exploring the city, we came across the São Paulo Civil War Monument, a memorial in Ibirapuera Park for those lost in the 1932 Civil War."

(Courtesy genem/myBudgetTravel)

Stairway at Machu Picchu in Peru

"A view of the stairway at Machu Picchu in Peru."

(Courtesy jpcool/myBudgetTravel)

Tango in the colorful Caminito section of Buenos Aires

"Tango in the colorful Caminito section of Buenos Aires."

(Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)

Christ the Redeemer statue on Mount Corcovado in Brazil

"I was among the first on Mount Corcovado just after sunrise to capture the statue of Christ the Redeemer with no other people around."

(Courtesy genem/myBudgetTravel)

An iguana in the Galápagos Islands

"A dream vacation is to travel to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. Ecuador is an enchanting country and the Galápagos Islands are extraordinary. You can get up close to some scary Land Iguanas as well as Giant Tortoises and the unique Blue Footed Booby birds."

(Courtesy fungofan/myBudgetTravel)

Sunset in Colonia, Uruguay

"Colonia del Sacramento has become one of my favorite places in South America. It is an absolutely beautiful town across the river from Buenos Aires in Uruguay. I took this picture as the sun was setting right behind the clouds to give off perfect sunbeams as a sailboat passed by."

(Courtesy sunkaer/myBudgetTravel)

Dancers in Arica, Chile

"We were lucky to stop in Arica, Chile, during a holiday. There was a parade and these beautiful children danced down the streets of Arica before performing in the band shell. It was a wonderful day."

(Courtesy deerichie/myBudgetTravel)

Llamas below Licancabur Volcano in the Atacama Desert

"Llamas below the Licancabur Volcano in the Atacama Desert."

(Courtesy eric42k13/myBudgetTravel)

The view of modern Santiago, Chile with the Andes mountains on the horizon.

"The view of modern Santiago, Chile, with the Andes mountains on the horizon. The skyscraper, Gran Torre, is scheduled for completion in 2014."

(Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)

Cerro and Laguna Miñiques

"A view of Cerro and Laguna Miñiques in the Atacama Desert, Chilean Andes."

(Courtesy eric42k13/myBudgetTravel)

Vineyards near Santa Cruz, Chile.

"Vineyards near Santa Cruz in Chile's Colchagua Valley wine region."

(Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)

Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes

"Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes, at 22,857-feet, is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere."

(Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)

A Magellanic penguin near Punta Arenas, Chile

"A Magellanic penguin near Punta Arenas, Chile."

(Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)

An aerial view of Machu Picchu, Peru, on a sunny day.

"Perfection. Machu Picchu on a clear summer day."

(Courtesy KellyRoss811/myBudgetTravel)

The Casa Rosada government building in Buenos Aires, Argentina

"The Casa Rosada government building in Buenos Aires, Argentina."

(Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)

Sunset in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border

"Sunset in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border."

(Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)

Sloth climbing through the jungle in Tambopata Peru.

"A sloth climbing through the jungle in Tambopata, Peru."

(Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)

Playa Blanca in Santa Marta, Colombia

"Playa Blanca in Santa Marta, Colombia."

(Courtesy gikltd/myBudgetTravel)

Futaleufu Hot Tub

"A great way to unwind after running some pristine class V rapids amongst the most beautiful scenery in Patagonia. The Futaleufu Hot Tub is wood-stove heated and best enjoyed with an authentic Pisco Sour or glass of Argentine Malbec wine."

(Courtesy pesch24/myBudgetTravel)

Iguazu Falls

"Iguazu Falls is one of those sights that takes your breath away. You can view it from Argentina or Brazil. It is a spectacular sight that you shouldn't miss if you are in either country. You can get very close by walking over the top of the falls or take a boat which gets you up close and personal."

(Courtesy DWaiste/myBudgetTravel)

Colorful Carnival dancers in Oruro, Bolivia.

"Colorful Carnival dancers in Oruro, Bolivia."

(Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)

Perito Moreno Glacier

"No trip to Patagonia is complete without seeing the massive Perito Moreno Glacier."

(Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)

Plaza Bolivar in Bogotá, Colombia

"It was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Bogotá, Colombia, and many local families were out together in Plaza Bolivar."

(Courtesy kclue8/myBudgetTravel)

A cow sips from the center of freshwater Lake Titicaca on Isla del Sol in Bolivia

"A cow sips from the center of freshwater Lake Titicaca on Isla del Sol in Bolivia."

(Courtesy saima8/myBudgetTravel)

Inca Trail

"First day on the Inca Trail."

(Courtesy hmgoldilocks/myBudgetTravel)

Downtown Cusco

"The view from the café where I had lunch in Cusco. Amazing city!"

(Courtesy hmgoldilocks/myBudgetTravel)

Forest near a glacier

"Walking through a forested area in Patagonia provided glimpses of the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina."

(Courtesy jfensonmyBudgetTravel)

The spectacular Horns at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

"The spectacular Horns at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile."

(Courtesy jfensona/myBudgetTravel)

dust devil mini-tornadoes by the Nazca Lines in Peru

"These dust devil mini-tornadoes were spinning over the famous Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert. The locals say it helps keep the lines visible. There were four behind me when I shot this."

(Courtesy EclecticNature/myBudgetTravel)

Spectacular sunrise view of the Towers at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

"Spectacular sunrise view of the Towers at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile."

(Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)

Wildlife in the Galápagos Islands

"Everywhere you go in the Galápagos Islands, the wildlife is abundant and blissfully unconcerned with your presence."

(Courtesy bevandlee/myBudgetTravel)

Machu Picchu, Peru

"The doorway to Machu Picchu, one of the world's great destinations."

(Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

"Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia."

(Courtesy nsimes/myBudgetTravel)

Lake Titicaca from the Sun Island Inti Wata Complex, Bolivia

"Lake Titicaca from the Sun Island Inti Wata Complex, Bolivia."

(Courtesy snda071/myBudgetTravel)

Cotopaxi volcano looms over Quito, Ecuador

"Cotopaxi volcano looms over Quito, Ecuador, near sunset."

(Courtesy themurfs/myBudgetTravel)

Venezuela, Coro, Adicora

"Venezuela, Coro, Adicora."

(Courtesy travelnad/myBudgetTravel)

On the road to Salto Catedral in Venezuela.

"On the road to Salto Catedral in Venezuela."

(Courtesy travelnad/myBudgetTravel)

 jangada boats in Brazil

"Fishermen in northeast Brazil use a one-sail boat named jangada, seen nowhere else in the world. The jangada is usually no bigger than 16 by 23 feet, and requires great skill from the sailor, who must constantly maneuver it. The men who possess such talents are viewed as a symbol of endurance and courage."

(Courtesy roaminglucia/myBudgetTravel)

Bottom of the world sign

"This compelling sign is visible when entering or departing Ushuaia, Argentina by boat. Ushuaia is located at the bottom of the world and is the jumping off point for trips to Antarctica."

(Courtesy jfensonmyBudgetTravel)

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