48 Hours

City Breaks: South America

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires South America, Argentina

    Travel Time

    13hrs 30mins

    Get the party started in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s fiery capital, where the weather’s hot, the tango’s steamy and the steak so tender it can be sliced with a spoon. Tree-lined boulevards and neo-classical architecture may look surprisingly European but the sensual undercurrent is Latin American all the way. Be swept away by the city’s beat in a dance class or rub shoulders with passionate Porteños (locals) at a polo match.
  • Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Cities rarely get more lively and colourful than this distinctive metropolis where musical heritage and nightlife collide with beaches and tropical climes, says James Williams
  • Santiago De Cuba

    Santiago De Cuba South America

    Travel Time

    14hrs 30mins

    The salsa is fast, the mojitos are strong and the spirit of the revolution lives on in Cuba’s second city. Seek out its retro character before it disappears, says Imogen Lepere
  • Ouro Preto

    Ouro Preto South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    20hrs 10mins

    As the world’s eyes focus on Brazil for this summer’s World Cup, Catherine Balston profiles a lesser-known former mining town, now a charming Unesco-protected hub.
  • Salvador

    Salvador South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    16hrs 10mins

    With sunset samba sessions, Bahian food and zinging caipirinhas, it’s little wonder, says David Constable, that this colourful coastal city is Brazil’s ‘Capital of Happiness’.
  • Sao Paulo

    Sao Paulo South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    11hrs 30mins

    This modern Brazilian city is big and busy, but it also has one of Latin America’s best dining scenes, writes Alicia Miller – and its residents certainly know how to have fun.
  • Rio De Janeiro

    Rio De Janeiro South America, Brazil

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Jane Labous kicks back with a caipirinha and enjoys one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where golden crescent beaches lie between soaring mountains.

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