If your system is jaded, South America will uplift your senses with the tropical sun rising over a palm-fringed beach, or a bracing wind blowing off the southern ice fields. Light can be blinding on the high altitude salt flats, or dense and green in the rainforest. The gentle scent of ripe guava fills the countryside, but the fire of chili from that innocent-looking jar will electrify your taste buds.
As capybara wade through wetland shallows in the Pantanal, the spectacled bear struggles for survival in secret places in the Andes. Penguins congregate in the lee of glaciers, while tiny swifts dart through mighty waterfalls and their eternal rainbows. Volcanoes come to life and the earth trembles, yet elsewhere there are ancient, immovable tabletop plateaux. But surpassing all is the Amazon Basin, the earth’s greatest jungle, where the immensity of the trees and the smallest details of the wildlife are truly amazing.
Whatever South America inspires you to do, you will find that there is no limit to the passion that it fires within you.
Extract from Footprint Travel Guides 'South American Handbook'