Last Minute Guide to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

It’s not too late to plan a last-minute trip to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! Get ready for the experience of a lifetime and celebrate the worldwide event. Read on for our tips on planning a trip to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

last minute guide to the Rio 2016 Olympic GamesIs it too late to buy tickets to the games?

Absolutely not. Buy tickets online from the Rio Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ROCOG). Or you can use CoSport; this is the official U.S. authorized ticket seller. If you’re buying tickets from a 3rd party site, be cautious. StubHub requires people to ship the physical tickets to the StubHub offices in advance to guarantee authenticity. Inspect the tickets carefully and make sure they have the right 2016 hologram. If you wait, and arrive in Rio and still have not bought tickets, it might not be too late. You can go to the Rio box office to get tickets, but those can run out. In Rio, you might see people selling tickets off site and at some hotels. Again, be careful when buying tickets this way and be sure to inspect them.

How is public transportation?

If you are used to public transportation being punctual, then prepare yourself, because this is going to be a busy time for Rio. If possible, avoid driving during rush hour from 6 am – 9 am and 4 pm – 8 pm. Rio has a subway, so that is always an option, but again during rush hour it can become very crowded. If you need a cab, just ask the hotel to call you one, or download the app Easy Taxi. 99 Taxi, Easy Taxi, and Resolve aí are some of the popular taxi services in the city. If you do plan on using public transportation, you can get the Rio 2016 Olympic Game RioCard here.

Learn some Portuguese & remember the national language is NOT Spanish.

Since this isn’t Rio’s first time hosting a national event – World Cup in 2014 – English is rather prevalent. Most restaurants have a menu in English and people working in the travel and tourism industry usually, speak English. However, just because some people speak English doesn’t mean that everyone does. Study a few Portuguese phrases before visiting and the locals will appreciate your effort. Download Duolingo and get started learning Portuguese.

What about Wifi? T-Mobile offers free high-speed data

If you are a T-Mobile customer from the U.S. with an international data plan, you will have free unlimited access to the T-mobile 4G LTE network throughout Brazil for the month of August. Calls within Brazil and home will be free, along with texting worldwide.  Read more on how to qualify at https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/brazil-unleashed.htm

What should I pack?

Since it is winter in the Southern hemisphere, the weather has cooled down slightly, but not that much. Dress for summer and dress comfortably. During Rio’s winter months the weather ranges between 20 ºC and 30 ºC (70 ºF and 83ºF). Dress in layers; there can be some occasional rain during this time. And of course, always bring sunscreen.

How safe is Rio de Janeiro? 

Because of the Olympic Games, there will be mass numbers of tourists flocking to Rio, unfortunately, as you would see in many large cities during a worldwide event, there will be an increase in petty crime. Be aware of your surroundings and leave your valuables in the hotel safe. You don’t need to carry a lot of cash on you; nearly every place accepts credit cards.  During the day, R$100 = $10 USD,  is plenty of cash to take with you for small purchases throughout the day. Use common sense, be alert and stay in the safe areas of the city.

How can I protect myself against Zika?

Brazil has taken many precautions to eliminate the mosquito that carries the Zika virus, such as, spraying insecticide in the stadiums, cleaning unsanitized areas and educating the general public on prevention methods. With the colder weather, there will be fewer mosquitos. Take your own precautions and avoid improper sanitation areas, like slums, use EPS registered insect repellents with DEET, wear long sleeves and pants, and finally, stay in a hotel with air conditioning and keep your windows closed. Read more about how to minimize the risk of infection from the Zika virus.

Don’t forget to see the sights in Rio de Janeiro!

Last Minute Guide to the Rio 2016 Olympic GamesNo trip to Rio would be complete without going on a city tour to see the highlights. SouthAmerica.travel can help set up a private tour just for you. Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer are two prominent places to visit. The visit.rio website tells you what to do and see during your stay in Rio. I recommend visiting the Museum of Tomorrow; this is a new museum representing forward thinking in a sustainable world, the futuristic building itself is a sight to see! Don’t forget about visiting the Escadaria Selarón steps, Parque Lage (pictured on the left), the botanical gardens and of course, relaxing on the beach.

Helpful Apps & Websites while Traveling in Rio de Janeiro

  • Menu for Tourist – If you plan to go to some off the beaten path restaurants, you’ll want this app to help translate the menus.
  • Duolingo – This is your go-to language app to learn Portuguese.
  • visit.rio – This website is full of fun events and things to do in the city.
  • Easy Taxi  – Request a taxi.
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Game RioCard. Get your public transportation card online.

What should I do after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games? 

The best part about visiting Rio during the Olympic Games is that your travels do not have to end once the games end! Rio is the perfect starting point for an Amazon adventure, a trip to the sand dunes and natural rivers in the breathtaking Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, or spend a few days in the colonial town near Rio called Paraty.

Make your trip to Rio happen! It’s not too late. Visit us online at www.SouthAmerica.travel and start planning your trip to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today!

Top 5 San Pedro de Atacama Tours

Travel Consultant, Christina Schranz, recently visited the Atacama Desert. Read on for her list of the Top 5 San Pedro de Atacama Tours.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

San Pedro de Atacama lies in the world’s driest desert, in the Antofagasta Region of Chile, at an average altitude of 2,407 meters (7,900 feet). Situated at the base of the mountains, is a quaint little town, the streets are lined with adobe houses and tourists. 

San Pedro de Atacama tours

The stunning landscapes around San Pedro de Atacama have it all: geysers, volcanoes, bizarre land formations, sand dunes and jagged canyons. In addition to being a great town to visit on its own, it is also easily combined with other destinations in Chile, Argentina or Bolivia.

Below you will find our Top 5 San Pedro de Atacama Tours. The first tour listed is my personal favorite- the stargazing tour! 

#1. Stargazing San Pedro de Atacama Tour

San Pedro de Atacama toursIf you’ve never seen a shooting star, you are in the right place to see one. The Atacama Desert is one of the best places to go stargazing due to its geographical properties. On this tour, you will be amazed by the vast sky filled with stars. Your travel guide will teach you how to read a sky map, so you’re able to spot the main constellations. And when the moon is visible, snap some images of it through a telescope.

#2. Atacama Salt Flats & Altiplanic Lagoons Tour

During this tour, you will visit the Atacama Salt Flat in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. It is an area of diverse geography, flora, fauna, and hydrography. You will not only get to see the white surface of the salt flat, but also the reserve’s various lagoons. Here, flamingos and other wildlife can often be spotted. On this tour, you will also cross the Tropic of Capricorn and visit Socaire, a little village located at 3,500 meters (11,482 feet) above sea level that boasts a volcanic stone church. 

Continue to the beautiful San Pedro de Atacama toursblue lagoons of Miscanti and Minique. These lagoons are fed from the waters of the surrounding volcanoes. You might get lucky and spot some of the animals that call this area home, such as the condors and vicunas.

After leaving the reserve, you will head to the village of Toconao, where you can make a quick stop at the church or look around for a handicraft market.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for pregnant women, children younger than five years old or people with heart problems. 

#3. Moon Valley Tour – San Pedro de Atacama Tours


San Pedro de Atacama toursAs the long day is starting to wind down, you might be looking for a place to watch the sunset. Lucky for you, one of the most scenic places to view the sunset is at “Cordillera de la Sal.”  Because of its valley’s it is called Valle de Marte (Mars Valley) and Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley). Both have saline and clay shapes, produced by mineralogical folds from hundreds of millions of years ago.  Originally they were little mountains with strange and capricious shapes. By nightfall, the sunset turns them into a moon-like landscape.

#4. Tatio Geysers – San Pedro de Atacama Tours

san pedro de atacama toursSet your alarm for an early wake-up, to visit the famous Tatio Geysers as most tours depart before dawn. El Tatio is home to a geyser field located at an altitude of 4,300 m (14,105 ft) above sea level in the Andes Mountains. There you will be able to see rising steam clouds that reach up to 50 mt (165 ft) in height. While you take it all in, with the combined features of the Andes Mountains, you can also grab a bite to eat at the geysers. The return trip passes through a landscape of mountains and volcanoes above 5,500 meters  (18,050 ft) with stunning views!

#5. Puritama Hot Springs – San Pedro de Atacama Tours

Last, but not least on our list of San Pedro de Atacama Tours are the Puritama Hot Springs. The Baths of Puritama, (indigenous word for hot water), are about 20 miles north of town, nestled in the heart of the Atacama Desert. Although these hot springs were discovered centuries ago by locals, they only recently opened to the general public. 

San Pedro de Atacama tours

The waters flow up from the ground at temperatures close to 33° C (91.4°F).  The hot springs provide a revitalizing experience to relieve stress and fatigue.

Puritama is the ideal spot for travelers that want to take in the fantastic landscape but enjoy modern and comfortable facilities. The thermal center features outdoor pools, a waterfall, sauna rooms, changing rooms, and baths that connect to the pools by wooden footbridges.

How long should I stay in San Pedro de Atacama?

We recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights for first-time visitors to San Pedro de Atacama. That way you have enough time to see the highlights of the region. The closest commercial airport is in Calama, about 100 km (63 miles) from San Pedro.

If you are thinking of planning an in-depth trip to Chile? Combine San Pedro de Atacama with a visit to Santiago, the Lake District, Patagonia and Easter Island. Then head over to Argentina, and take a bus across the Andes to Salta, a hidden gem of Argentina. Finish by traveling further north into Bolivia to Uyuni.

CONTACT US TODAY AND LET OUR TRAVEL CONSULTANTS PLAN THE PERFECT itinerary for you on your trip to San Pedro de Atacama. 

Bogota: 10 Things Locals Want You to Know | Bogota Guide

If you are planning a trip to Bogota in the future, you will want to read this Bogota Guide. These are 10 things that locals want you to know about Bogota.

When planning a trip, you start by gathering information on the different destinations you want to visit. Almost systematically, we start skimming through travel guides, browsing informational videos online, and scrolling through picturesque travel blogs. But have you ever considered going directly to the source and talking to some of the locals?

In South America, it is incredibly beneficial to hear what the locals have to say. Especially in places like Colombia, where tourism is booming. As an inhabitant of Bogota, I interact with locals on a daily basis. I’ve listened to their unique experiences, basic health and safety tips, and reviews on places worth exploring. Read on for the 10 things locals want you to know about their beloved city: Bogota.

Be wary of driving – the streets are crazy

“Don’t rely on public transportation! Use taxis.” This is the first suggestion you will hear from a local of Bogota. There are thousands of taxis in Bogota, making the streets look overwhelmingly crowded. But don’t be discouraged; it is easy to hail a taxi via cell phone or by asking your hotel concierge. Plan your day’s itinerary ahead of time, so you can relax in the backseat unphased by how much time it takes you to get to your desired destination.

Bogota guideRush Hour in Bogota:
6:00am-9:00am
12:00pm-2:00pm
5:00pm-7:00pm. If you’re daring and plan on renting a car, you need to know the pico y placa rule. This rule explains which vehicles, depending on the license plate, can be driven on certain days of the week. If you’ve packed your Fitbit to stay active on the streets, keep in mind that most of the streets in Bogota are not named. Instead, they are numbered. The number of the street will be higher the further North you are. The same rule applies when heading West from the mountains.

If all this talk about traffic and rush hour is giving you anxiety, don’t panic! Sundays and festivos (national holidays) are known to be more relaxed days. Just remember that every Sunday from 7:00am-2:00pm, the event of Ciclovia takes place. During that time, you will see a lot of Bogotanos riding bikes, and jogging and walking with family. Go ahead and join in the fun!

Security has improved dramatically!

Locals will act as your temporary parental voice, by always encouraging you to be extra careful of your surroundings. There isn’t a lot of crime in Bogota, but as a traveler in a new city, you need to use common sense while exploring. Don’t carry a lot of cash in your purse or pockets, don’t flaunt your cell phone or any other valuables. And do not trust anyone that tells you that they can take you somewhere for half price. Mainly, keep your eyes open to what is going on around you. If you stick to these basic rules, you should have a great experience making your way around and through the city!

Eat like the Locals – Bogota Guide

Bogotanos are very proud of their fresh cuisine and local goodies, which makes it easy to find great restaurants and cafes. The best recommendation for a traditional Colombian dish is ajiaco (chicken and corn soup) served with arepas (cornbread), rice and avocado.

Bogota guideSimilarly, to the natives of Seattle, there is no such thing as a day without coffee for Bogotanos. The best coffee is served in small cafes that can be found in various neighborhoods. Sounds pretty vague right? If you don’t want to go on a treasure hunt for a neighborhood cafe, and you are more familiar with your commercial dose of Starbucks, start walking towards Juan Valdez. You can find Juan Valdez coffee shops on almost every corner. Locals want you to know that Starbucks, although present in Bogota, is not the best choice for your caffeine fix. In Bogota, jump out of your coffee comfort shell and choose Juan Valdez.

If you’re a glass-of-wine at night individual, you may need to change up your routine. Take note that unlike the people of Argentina or Chile, the locals of Colombia do not drink a lot of wine. Instead, they choose to indulge in their love for beer. For a night full of cheers, head on over to Colombia’s most famous local pub, the Bogota Beer Company.

Places to Visit in the Bogota

bogota-guide-la-calendariaMost tourists start their sightseeing adventure from the historical district of La Candelaria in the South and then continue to Monserrate hill. But locals are desperate to inform you that there is much more to see. If you have a generous trip of more than two days in Bogota, take an afternoon to visit the modern spots of the North in the upscale part of the city. Here, you will be satisfied with a complete palette of sight-seeing by visiting Parque 93, Zona Rosa, and Hacienda Santa Barbara all located in the North.

The Climate Changes

bogota-guide-climates-san-andres-islandDue to the tropical pictures of the Rosario Islands in Colombia on the left, many people believe that Bogota is a never ending ray of sunshine. What they don’t realize is that, due to the high altitude (8,660 ft), the climate is subject to change all the time. You might wake up to sunshine peeking through the curtains, but by the end of the day, don’t be surprised if it starts to rain. To out-smart the bipolar weather, locals advise you to always have sunscreen and an umbrella handy. Also, try exploring your inner fashionista and start layering. If you’re hot, you can always take a sweater off, but when you find yourself stuck in the cold rain with no jacket, you’re sure to become even moodier than the weather.

Cultural events

Cathedral, Bogota gudieBogota is a popular host to many large-scale cultural events. Every year you can find yourself jamming out to famous artists such as the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Offspring, and more. Dance in the open air in Simon Bolivar Park, where there are several kinds of ferias, (food festivals), including the famous Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro. Locals want you to know that there is always something going on in the city! Whether it be Salsa or reggaeton; there are many options for you, as a tourist, to join in on the party.

Local colloquial words – Bogota Guide

Don’t let the language barrier trip you up while you’re traveling abroad. Be aware that every country and every city has specifics when it comes to local slang. There are a couple of phrases that are common in Bogota, and it would be helpful for you to pick them up so you can impress locals with your vocal fluency.

  • Tener afan – be in a hurry
  • Bacano – cool/great
  • Chusco – cool/great
  • Que boleta – how embarrassing!
  • Chino – a child
  • Esfero – a pen
  • Guayabo – a hangover
  • Juicioso – well behaved
  • Mono – blond
  • Vieja – a woman

Stereotypes are a thing of the past – Bogota Guide

At this day in age, it’s better that we focus on the hope for the future rather than the despair of the past. Colombia has become infamous for its drug and mafia history, but that is not how locals want you to paint their country. Instead, they have developed a positive attitude that thrives off of making sure that what has happened in the past, stays in the past.

When interacting with the Bogotanos, be kind, careful, and courteous with your words. They prefer not to discuss crime, drugs, or the dark history of their country. You will have much more luck making friends if you take part in conversations about love, family, and a prosperous future.

The Local People

bogota guideWe all want to come home and tell our friends and family, that yes, we made friends with the locals. Luckily for you, Colombian people, also known as “rolos”, are considered some of the nicest people in South America. While some may seem reserved, the inhabitants of the Colombian capital want you to know that they greet tourists with open arms. They place a high emphasis on family values, football (you better know who James Rodriguez is!), and hard work. They might complain a bit about their city, as many of us often do about our homeland, but do remember that they love and cherish Colombia and would not dare move away.

It’s spelled ColOmbia, not ColUmbia

If you don’t want to come off as a tourist the minute you step off the plane, remember this small but crucial tip. It is Colombia with an O not Columbia with a U. Locals in Bogota will not take you seriously if you make this very common tourist mistake. Remember that tip wherever you are. Whether you are in Bogota, Cali, Cartagena or the small town of Raquira.

EXPERIENCE THE TRUE LIFE OF A LOCAL in colombia! TALK TO OUR TRAVEL CONSULTANTS TODAY ABOUT ARRANGING A CUSTOM ITINERARY TO COLOMBIA SO THAT YOU CAN .

Paraguay the Hidden Gem of South America – Paraguay Things to do

Paraguay things to do and see on a trip of a lifetime.

If Paraguay is not on your bucket list, prepare to make some room. This small forgotten country is now considered one of South America’s greatest charms. From the bustling atmosphere of the city’s capital to the exclusive sandy beaches, you are sure to get a taste of everything when visiting this country. Read on to discover the top attractions of Paraguay.

#1. Asunción – Paraguay things to do

Paraguay things to do

Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, is one of South America’s oldest cities and is worth the visit. In the morning, brush up on your history, and visit Casa de la Independencia, the house where Paraguay proclaimed their independence. Then take a stroll to the Palacio de Gobierno followed by the Panteon Nacional de Los Héroes.

When you start to feel yourself getting hungry, refuel at Paraguay’s most famous eatery, Lido Bar, for some tasty empanadas. But hold off on quenching your thirst, because once night falls, you’re going to want to indulge in Asunción’s contemporary nightlife. Check out Britannia Pub for their extensive selection of draft beers, or Casa Clari for a laid-back cocktail lounge. And when you feel like dancing, head to Pirata bar, for live music and rooftop views that will make you swing.

#2. Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná – Paraguay things to do

Paraguay things to doThe Jesuit Missions, also known as the “ruins of Trinidad” to the locals, are the remaining treasures of small colonies that were established by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. Exploring this historical site is a terrific way to understand the impact of the early missions in the Jesuit community. Walking through the ruins allows you to visualize how the Jesuit’s accomplished building small communities. Plan for some time spent here, because one of our experienced tour guides is sure to take you back in time.

#3. Visit a Ranch – Paraguay things to do

Paraguay things to doFamilies, backpackers, and traveling couples alike enjoy vacationing on ranches in the countryside of Paraguay. Activities on these farms consist of horseback riding through the fields, swimming in nearby lakes, and hiking through the land of agriculture. The high popularity of wanting to play cowboy for a day has opened up numerous large estancia’s (ranches) to both urban and foreign tourists. Ranchers welcome friendly faces that wish to participate in any field activities, sports, or simply reconnect with nature.

#4. Learn some Guarani Phrases – Paraguay things to do

Paraguay things to doDid you know Guarani is the indigenous language of Paraguay? Luckily, 90% of Paraguayans speak Guarani and Spanish, so you should be fine speaking Spanish. During your time in the country, listen to the locals speaking in their native tongue.  The language is sweet to the ears and similarly, to Spanish, it exerts emotion. Guarani is more common in the rural areas of the country, but throughout the country Paraguayans love their native language, so give it a try, hello how are you is mbaé’chepa (bah-eh-sheh-pah).

#5. Make a quick stop at Iguazu Falls – Paraguay things to do

Paraguay things to do“Poor Niagra,” is an appropriate reaction when gazing at Iguazu Falls. Although Paraguay does not have a view of the falls, Ciudad del Este is a quick trip to Foz do Iguaçu on the Brazilian side. However, make sure to apply for a visa if need be or pay the Argentine reciprocity fee before trying to cross the border.

This natural beauty, located on the Brazilian and Argentinian borders, has grown in popularity over the recent years, as tourists call it “one of the great sights of the world.” The falls have become an inspiration to movie producers, professional photographers, travel bloggers, and Instagram fanatics. Though documenting your experience at the falls is a must, make sure to spend some time soaking in the view without the use of a camera. While photos are great, I guarantee that they won’t be able to do these glimmering waterfalls justice.

#6. Visit the Tri-Boarder between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay – Paraguay things to do

Paraguay things to doAfter a visit to Iguazu Falls, nearby you will find the Triple Frontier, the border where three countries meet: Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. This border is particularly unique because the Parana River and the Iguazu River merge. Here you can see the Tancredo Neves International Bridge that connects Argentina and Brazil. Each country has an obelisk where you can see all three countries at once. Iguazu Falls makes it easy to combine a trip Paraguay with Argentina and Brazil.

#7. Drink some mate – Paraguay things to do

Paraguay things to doThe traditional drink in Paraguay, along with Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil is called mate. Sometimes referred to as yerba mate. Yerba mate is a tea-like drink and commonly served hot from a hollow gourd and drank from a metal straw. This highly caffeinated drink is traditionally passed around with a group of friends. Don’t be surprised if you see the locals carrying around a thermos of hot water and a gourd; mate is something you can enjoy anywhere and anytime.

Paraguay is still untouched by mass tourism, making it the hidden gems that any seasoned traveler seeks to visit. Talk to our Travel Consultants about arranging a custom Paraguay itinerary and check off all these hot spots in this beautiful country.

 

Top 4 Recommended Restaurants in South America

 When traveling, it’s important to indulge in the local cuisine and national cocktails. Read on for Travel Consultant, Jake Muniak’s, 4 Favorite Restaurants in South America.

1. Floreria Atlantico in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Best Restaurants in South America

restaurants in south america - floreria atlantico

If you find yourself in Buenos Aires and are looking for a speakeasy cocktail lounge, you’re in luck. Floreria Atlantico is a hidden gem in Buenos Aires, but you will likely have some trouble finding this restaurant. I just happened to stumble upon this gem out of mere curiosity. One day I was walking past this boutique looking flower shop, and I noticed something peculiar. Groups of people were entering the tiny flower shop, but no one seemed to be leaving. I was intrigued, so I walked into the shop.  Out of nowhere, someone walked out of a door that I believed was the door to a refrigerator, and he directed me downstairs. I quickly realized that this quiet flower shop was a speakeasy.

The Floreria Atlantico menu combines French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and English influences. The cocktail list also hints at this immigrant influence that has been engrained into the psyche of modern-day Argentina. A massive fire-fed stove and oven, give life to internationally-inspired and local Argentine tapas (that all pair excellent with the drinks on the 10+ page cocktail list). The fun and funky vibes are sure to intrigue any cocktail connoisseur.  Sit back and enjoy one of Argentina’s hippest bars.

Insider Tip: I recommend making a reservation in advance to guarantee a table.

2. Bar Astor in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Best Restaurants in Rio

restaurants in south america bar astorSitting on Ipanema beach is Bar Astor, complete with a lively sidewalk patio that brings together a great mix of locals and foreigners. Bar Astor is the perfect restaurant to give you a taste of what the local Carioca bohemians enjoy.

restaurants in south america bar astorHere you will find an extensive cocktail list with both Brazilian and internationally-themed cocktails. If you don’t fancy a cocktail you can opt for a chopp (Brazilian draft beer) – a specialty at Bar Astor. Choose between the typical Rio dishes including Moqueca (salt water fish stew in coconut milk, tomatoes, and onions), Pao De Queijo (African-inspired baked cheese roll soaked in cassava root) and Acaraje (peeled beans that are formed into a ball and deep-fried in palm oil).

Bar Astor has a little bit of everything.  What seems to be perfectly fitting for this bar, is the Brazilian music that you’ll hear blasting through the speakers and the energetic story-telling at all the tables. Here you can order a variety of finger foods to munch on, or ask your friendly waiter what they recommend. Spend the evening sipping on the Brazilian cocktail, the caipirinha, and watch the sunset from Ipanema Beach.

3. Las Brujas de Cachiche in Lima, Peru – Best Restaurants in Lima

restaurants in south america lima Lima is the culinary capital of South America. Due to the extensive restaurant options, the real Peruvian cuisine seems to get lost in the chaos.  However, Las Brujas de Cachiche is the perfect restaurant for any tourist. The restaurant is elaborately decorated with Incan art creating a jungle-like ambiance. After stepping through the doors, you’ll find exactly what you have been looking for: authentic Peruvian food.

Las Brujas de Cachiche has an impressive wine, craft beer, cider, and cocktail list, which makes for a difficult choice. When in doubt, go with the staple Peruvian cocktail, the pisco sour. Pair your cocktail with one of the many options: fresh cocktail shrimps with mushroom tacu tacu, charcoaled sea bass with lime butter, Peruvian lobster, beef stew in cilantro sauce or sautéed fettuccini with criollo tenderloins.

After an evening at Las Brujas de Cachiche, don’t be surprised if you have fallen in love with the cuisine of Lima and the country’s famous cocktail.

4. Andres Carne de Res in Bogota, Colombia – Best Restaurant in South America

restaurants in south america Andres Carne de ResLocals and tourists have told me that Andres Carne de Res is unlike anywhere they’ve ever been. And that proved to be true.  When you walk through the doors, you are hit with what seems like a mix of Alice in Wonderland and a Dr. Seuss yard sale. Hanging from the ceiling are beautiful artisanal light fixtures with intricate designs. There are three levels to Andres Carne de Res; Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Choose wisely 😉

Insider Tip:  I recommend ordering a plate of Bandeja Paisa, an authentic Colombian dish of grilled steak, fried pork rind, chorizo, sliced avocado and sweet banana chips. Pair that with a Colombian beer or a stiff cocktail. Leave your diet at home and bring your appetite. After dinner, get ready to hit the dance floor.


Restaurants are a great way to try authentic cuisine and MEET the locals of South America. Share your favorite restaurants in South America with us! Comment below. RECOMMENDED WINE TOURS.