South America Map, Latin America

South America Map

Central and South America Map by Google with additions by Bugbog

South America Overview

Machu Picchu, on South America Map

The toughest section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. Photo by Jim.

South America, also known as Latin America if you include Spanish-speaking Central America, is the fat-legged continent mostly in the Southern Hemisphere below Central America where everyone except the Brazilians (who just have to be different) speak Spanish (or Castellano as local people prefer to name their language). The name America is derived from the Spanish explorer who ‘discovered’ the continent, Amerigo Vespucci.

The great sights of South America

Atacama Desert, South America Map

Swimming in driest desert in the world, the Atacama desert, Chile

South America encompasses the magnificent Andes mountain chain, the massive Amazon rainforest and river, the driest place in the world in the Atacama Desert, several glaciers and many fantastic tourist destinations, with Peru at the top of the hit list (Amazon, Nazca Desert, Spanish colonial cities, Inca relics, kaleidoscopic local dress etc. ), pursued by Brazil (easily Latin America’s largest country), Ecuador, Chile and Argentina, with Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela lagging behind due to safety concerns and other smaller countries lacking tourist interest. The only reason I remember Paraguay is that I thought I had misplaced my girlfriend there and had no way to find her as phones didn’t work…

South America Map

Perito Moreno Glacier tourist boat, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.