|Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. Photo by LCA.|
Buenos Aires, melding Latin American sultriness with European sophistication in its melange of intriguing neighborhoods, and Rio de Janiero, with its gleaming white sands, seductive nightlife and abundance of free attractions, are South America’s undisputed stars. Yet they’re only the beginning of what the continent’s nearly 7 million square miles has to offer. A two-week trip - which you should consider the bare minimum - can give you a decent sample of this hugely varied and sometimes mysterious continent.