South America Travel Guides Long weekends, volunteer vacations, or living abroad.

South America

From trekking to Machu Picchu to diving with sea turtles in the Gálapagos Islands, South America is home to endless adventure.


  • The Penguin March of Punta Tombo A pair of Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo, Argentina.On barren South Atlantic shores, some 200,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins waddle ashore every austral spring to nest on only 210 hectares at Punta Tombo. Learn about the Área Natural Protegida Punta Tombo and its staggering amount of both penguin and human visitors.


  • Discover Brazil Rowboats float in the clear green waters off a busy beach.Discover the many facets of Brazil, from its lush, lulling warmth to its intense, invariably dramatic landscapes–often secluded, and mind-numbingly beautiful–to the overlapping and unexpected contrasts of its cities, and the joy of its life.



    • Volunteer with Merazonia in Ecuador Volunteers will usually find monkeys, kinkajous, felines, other mammals, macaws, and parrots at Merazonia.Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. Volunteers work with animals under strict guidelines and help maintain the grounds and enclosures. Learn more about the work, its requirements, and how to apply.


    • Volunteer with Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru Macaws enjoying the clay lick at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru.The Tambopata Macaw Project (TMP) is a long-term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru. Short-term volunteers (12-30 days) are trained to identify all the local parrots by sight and become experts at clay lick monitoring and macaw nest observation with video camera systems.