Bahia, Brazil – If you want to lounge on a beach in beautiful Brazil after the Olympics, you'll be spoiled for choice on the Bahia Coast.
Bahia, Brazil – It has more than 600 miles of white-sand, palm-trimmed shores.
La Paz, Bolivia – Perched at 11,910 feet above sea level, La Paz is the world's highest capital city.
La Paz, Bolivia – La Paz offers a diverse range of attractions, from the colonial architecture of the main plaza to stores bursting with woolly hats.
Ski Portillo, Chile – Don't forget it's winter in the Southern Hemisphere, so you can dust off your skis at South America's oldest ski resort. Originally a railway refuge, Hotel Portillo was expanded into its current 125-room form in 1949.
Ski Portillo, Chile – Portillo is home to the world's only "slingshot," a six-abreast, avalanche-defying draglift that pulls skiers up steep, ungroomed slopes at a greater speed than many later descend.
Montevideo, Uruguay – One highlight along Montevideo's coastal road La Rambla is the French-style Hotel Carrasco, which dates to 1921.
Montevideo, Uruguay – Recently restored to its former glory by Sofitel, the hotel has accommodated many notable guests, including Albert Einstein.
Mendoza, Argentina – Sitting in the foothills of the Andes, The Vines Resort & Spa is one of the best places to stay in Argentina's Mendoza wine region.
Mendoza, Argentina – You can start your day with a morning yoga session looking across vineyards to the rising Andes.
Galapagos, Ecuador – A mind-blowing destination for any animal lover, the Galapagos archipelago surrounds visitors with animals both onshore and off.
Galapagos, Ecuador – The best way to explore is by boat. The yacht La Pinta sleeps up to 48 guests and includes two daily excursions.
Lake Titicaca, Peru – Spanning Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is South America's largest freshwater lake and the world's highest navigable lake at 12,500 feet.
Lake Titicaca, Peru – Floating islands, built and inhabited by the Uros pre-Inca people, dot the lake. The islands are constructed with woven reeds, and bungalows made of reeds are available for overnight stays.
La Bamba de Areco, Argentina – Carriage rides, gaucho games and long lunches -- life at La Bamba is a lazy hazy heaven.
Quito, Ecuador – Quito is the best-preserved, least altered historic center in the whole of Latin America. Streets in Ecuador's capital city are lined with architecture bringing together Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish, Baroque and indigenous influences.
Quito, Ecuador – Quito is also home to many beautiful old churches. Here, Pope Francis enters San Francisco Church, a 16th-century Roman Catholic church in Quito.
Zapallar, Chile – A hidden gem in Chile, Zapallar is a small beach town sometimes compared to the Hamptons by those lucky enough to have walked its sandy shores.
Zapallar, Chile – Casa Wilson offers a rare glimpse inside the holiday homes in Zapallar. This much-loved family home has recently opened as a B&B with seven rooms.