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Culture in South America

An overview of some of South America's cultural highlights...

The culture of South America today stems from a diverse set of cultural traditions, dating back to those of pre-Columbian civilisations and indigenous tribes, which have mixed with those of African slaves as well as Asian and European immigrants. This vibrant and unique cultural mix is reflected not only in popular culture, but food, architecture, religion and music across the continent, making it a fascinating part of the world to visit.

Although many of the countries in South America were formed fairly recently, indigenous tribes and civilisations had been long established in South America before Spanish and Portuguese colonialists arrived.

Remnants of these cultures remain throughout the continent. Examples include the geoglyphs and petroglyphs of Northern Chile, the expansive network of Inca ruins in Peru and the mysterious moai figures on Easter Island.

South America is still a fairly mysterious place today as descendants of these ancient civilisations and indigenous peoples maintain strong ties to the traditional way of life and beliefs of their ancestors; whether through it’s through religious practice, folklore or a connection with nature.

To read more about the specific cultural highlights of each country, follow the links below...