South America: Just How Big Is It?

A common question for visitors to South America is related to the feasibility of land travel. Is getting around via car or bus a good option to connect to multiple destinations? While of course possible, often this would involve travel of more than 12 hours or even multiple days to reach top destinations.

Unfortunately, there is also the world’s largest continental mountain range which inhibits certain road travel – the Andes, stretching through seven countries. Speaking of countries… in South America they are quite BIG.

How big you ask?

Below are some examples of how South American countries “size” up to those in North America. It’s a great point of reference to just how large South America really is!


Brazil vs. North America
Brazil vs. North America
Argentina vs. North America
Argentina vs. North America
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Don Forster
Don Forster

Trade Training Manager — Born in Australia and raised in Canada and Papua New Guinea, Don took his first solo trip to Bali – aged just 13. Since then, Don’s travels have taken him to every continent. He’s been a backpacker in Asia, Europe and Egypt, an overland adventurer in East and Southern Africa, and an overland driver in South and Central America. He is especially fond of Peru, Patagonia and Namibia, though his longest adventure to date has been a London to Kathmandu run via the Middle East.

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