Stretching from the idyllic Caribbean Sea in the north to the spectacular beauty of the snow-capped peaks of Patagonia in the South and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, South America's breadth is awe-inspiring. It is on this continent that you'll able to explore the remains of ancient civilisations, laze around on picturesque beaches and dance all night in mega-clubs. On top this is the Amazon Jungle, the ski resorts and the continent's obsession with football.
The big ticket attractions include following in the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu in Peru, cruising the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadorian coast, appreciating the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia and getting saturated under the Iguazu Falls that border Argentina and Brazil. Also to add to the list is the impressive colonial town of Carthenga in Colombia, tango the night away in Buenos Aires and investigate the Cathedral in Santiago de Chile.
On the other hand, you may wish to avoid the standard traveller route and head for French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana – equally fascinating countries that are largely untouched by tourism.