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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...

Our Top Five Culture Hotels in Chile:

  1. Tierra Chiloé - external view

    Tierra Chiloé

    This is the newest of the three Tierra hotels and the only luxury hotel on the enchanting island of Chiloé; an archipelago just off the coast of Chile’s Lake District in Northern Patagonia with its own unique culture and traditions. Unlike at the other two hotels in Patagonia and the Atacama, the... More...

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  2. The Singular Patagonia - External View

    The Singular Patagonia

    One of the more recent additions to the list of luxury adventure lodges in Chilean Patagonia, the Singular Puerto Bories has fast become one of Chile's top hotels and a firm favourite for travellers to the region. Housed within a former cold-storage plant on the banks of the Ultima Esperanza Fjord... More...

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  3. Zero Hotel

    This charming, converted town house is one of our pick of the bunch while staying in the Valpariaso. Set high up on the hillside, the Zero Hotel is ideally located for wandering around the multi coloured streets or simply relaxing by the terraced pool and lounging area that look magnificently out... More...

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  4. Luciano K Hotel - Terrace Restaurant

    Luciano K Hotel

    The sister property to the Lastarria Boutique Hotel, Luciano K is a stylish boutique hotel named after one of Chile’s most famous architects. With its art deco style and lively rooftop bar it’s a very different style of property to the calm and classic Lastarria B. Despite being a bigger property... More...

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  5. The Aubery - Hotel

    The Aubrey

    Located in the chic Bellavista region on the capital, the Aubrey is a relatively new venture from the owners of the superb Pasta e Vino restaurant in the nearby Valparaiso. Definitely one of the most designed of the city’s hotels, the hotel features a second of the award winning restaurant, but for... More...

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