South America is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of attractions from the beaches and carnival of Rio de Janiero through the massive Iguazu Falls and the steamy Amazone jungle to the ski slopes of the Andes. Add to this ancient ruins like Machu Pichu in Peru, and the worlds greatest variety of fauna and flora, and you have a holiday maker's as well as an explorer's paradise.
Off the coast of Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands, first made famous by Darwin. This group of islands is unique in that it has been almost untouched by human hands. As a result of the islands isolated location several one-of-a-kind animals are native to these islands.
Easter Island is located some 3,200 kilometers off the coast of Chile. The island has a Polynesian background and is famous the more than 800 large statues erected along the coastline of the island. No one knows why the statues were erected.