Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in South America.
The southern continent of the Americas, also known as South America, stretches from Colombia in the north to Chile in the south, and encompasses ten other countries including Argentina and Brazil. An area so huge is understandably diverse in its culture, history, ecosystems and even tourist attractions. Brazil is known for its beaches, Chile for its mountains and Argentina for its Tango music! Many of the nations that make up South America are Spanish-speaking, though the largest, Brazil, is a former Portuguese colony. Each country has its own currency, its own government and its own very individual reasons to visit. US and European backpackers commonly make a tour of the whole continent, visiting each country in turn, and this is one of the best ways to make sure you see the best of this region.
Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo are the main cities in Brazil, and while each has plenty of areas that tourists should stay away from, most of the city is safe to visit. Dominated by the distinctive Sugarloaf Mountain and the Corcovado peak with the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the top both can be ascended via a cable car in the case of the former and a 19th century railway on the latter. Rio is home to some of the liveliest nightlife on the continent, thanks to its live music scene and dancing clubs, while the beaches are packed on weekends with locals showing off their tanned figures and skimpy bikinis. Sao Paolo is home to several museums and art galleries, the Banespa building, a skyscraper with an impressive viewing deck as well as dozens of parks and gardens.
In Argentina, the capital city of Buenos Aires is another popular destination, and is home to one of the most iconic South American music styles; tango. The city is full of clubs and bars playing live tango music and shows featuring professional dancers. Much of the colonial European architecture is still standing, and the streets of Buenos Aires have changed little in the past 100 years. Bogota in Columbia may not seem a typical tourist destination, but the oldest parts of the town have retained much of their charm and a number of hotels and other tourist amenities have been built in the last few years.
Outside of the cities, Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca settlement in Peru, is one of the most visited locations in South America, despite its remote location and the harsh trek up to the 2,000 metre peak. The trail up to the site is becoming rather over-used as people from all over the world arrive to challenge themselves with this spectacular climb, but locals and experts from around the world are working hard to maintain Machu Picchu and restore any damage caused over the years.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in South America? then below is a selection of villas in Argentina and apartments in South America that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.