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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.

  1. "The beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil."

    (Courtesy hazeleyes90069/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "When I want to get away from it all, travelling by boat on the Peruvian Amazon is the place for me."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "This llama on the Inca Trail was a total ham. He loved having his picture taken!"

    (Courtesy hmgoldilocks/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "Ecuadorian textiles."

    (Courtesy Vonelle Viajera/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "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)
  6. "Sea Lions in the Galápagos Islands."

    (Courtesy bevandlee/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "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)
  8. "A view of the stairway at Machu Picchu in Peru."

    (Courtesy jpcool/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "Tango in the colorful Caminito section of Buenos Aires."

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "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)
  11. "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)
  12. "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)
  13. "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)
  14. "Llamas below the Licancabur Volcano in the Atacama Desert."

    (Courtesy eric42k13/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "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)
  16. "A view of Cerro and Laguna Miñiques in the Atacama Desert, Chilean Andes."

    (Courtesy eric42k13/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "Vineyards near Santa Cruz in Chile's Colchagua Valley wine region."

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes, at 22,857-feet, is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere."

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "A Magellanic penguin near Punta Arenas, Chile."

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "Perfection. Machu Picchu on a clear summer day."

    (Courtesy KellyRoss811/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "The Casa Rosada government building in Buenos Aires, Argentina."

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "Sunset in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border."

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "A sloth climbing through the jungle in Tambopata, Peru."

    (Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "Playa Blanca in Santa Marta, Colombia."

    (Courtesy gikltd/myBudgetTravel)
  25. "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)
  26. "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)
  27. "Colorful Carnival dancers in Oruro, Bolivia."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  28. "No trip to Patagonia is complete without seeing the massive Perito Moreno Glacier."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  29. "It was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Bogotá, Colombia, and many local families were out together in Plaza Bolivar."

    (Courtesy kclue8/myBudgetTravel)
  30. "A cow sips from the center of freshwater Lake Titicaca on Isla del Sol in Bolivia."

    (Courtesy saima8/myBudgetTravel)
  31. "First day on the Inca Trail."

    (Courtesy hmgoldilocks/myBudgetTravel)
  32. "The view from the café where I had lunch in Cusco. Amazing city!"

    (Courtesy hmgoldilocks/myBudgetTravel)
  33. "Walking through a forested area in Patagonia provided glimpses of the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina."

    (Courtesy jfensonmyBudgetTravel)
  34. "The spectacular Horns at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile."

    (Courtesy jfensona/myBudgetTravel)
  35. "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)
  36. "Spectacular sunrise view of the Towers at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  37. "Everywhere you go in the Galápagos Islands, the wildlife is abundant and blissfully unconcerned with your presence."

    (Courtesy bevandlee/myBudgetTravel)
  38. "The doorway to Machu Picchu, one of the world's great destinations."

    (Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)
  39. "Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia."

    (Courtesy nsimes/myBudgetTravel)
  40. "Lake Titicaca from the Sun Island Inti Wata Complex, Bolivia."

    (Courtesy snda071/myBudgetTravel)
  41. "Cotopaxi volcano looms over Quito, Ecuador, near sunset."

    (Courtesy themurfs/myBudgetTravel)
  42. "Venezuela, Coro, Adicora."

    (Courtesy travelnad/myBudgetTravel)
  43. "On the road to Salto Catedral in Venezuela."

    (Courtesy travelnad/myBudgetTravel)
  44. "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)
  45. "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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