South America

South America is a continent with most of its landmass located, as one would expect, in the Southern Hemisphere. However, a relatively small portion lies above the equator in the Northern Hemisphere. South America is home to astonishing marvels of the natural and cultural world. The magnificent white-sand beaches, indigenous villages, vastness of the snow-capped Andes and concentration and variety of flora and fauna in the Amazon Rainforest will never cease to amaze.

Bordered by the both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans there is also plenty of opportunity to surf. In fact Peru is considered to be the home of the world's longest wave, Chicama.

Spread across nearly 18 million square kilometres, South America is formed by twelve sovereign states - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela - the French Guiana, which is an overseas region of France, and the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory.

Most of the population lives on the east and west coasts and ranks the fifth largest in the world, even though the interior and the far south are sparsely populated.
The only challenge of South America is choosing where to start, and there is no time like the present.

Surf regions in South America include...

Weather in South America

The only thing one can anticipate about South and Central America's weather is its capriciousness. In fact, in some countries, particularly those near the Equator, it's not uncommon to see all the seasons in one day. In other regions, the seasons can be intensely different with everything from hurricanes and droughts throughout the year.

In the Andean regions of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia there is also a distinct wet and dry season. However, the months are basically reversed from Central America. The dry season usually falls between May and November and also tends to be the coldest. The higher and farther away you go from the equator, the more the temperature varies. In the higher regions, they can vary from below freezing in the dry season to more than 30°C during the wet season.

The Andean wet season isn't overly wet and the dry season can see its fair share of downpours. The shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, can quite often offer a safer travel time, with the weather generally being more pleasant and less crowds. However, you shouldn't let this hinder your travel as most areas can be visited all year.



Peru is home to some of the most ancient cultures and the longest point breaks in the world. You can experience everything from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes Mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin.

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