Mountain ranges and sprawling valleys, rivers and lakes. Deserts, rainforests and ice fields. How many destinations give you the chance to go sea kayaking next to icebergs in the morning and go jungle trekking in the afternoon? Whether you simply appreciate the beauty of nature or hail from the wildest breed of adventure seekers, South America awaits you with its unmatched geographic diversity and ecological treasures. Beyond the stunning visual appeal are stories waiting to be told about civilization (think Machu Picchu or Easter Island), evolution (Galapagos Islands) and countless enchanting terrains, home to some of history's greatest adventures.