Surfing in South America
South America, the fourth largest continent on earth, is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean. The region’s landscape is shaped by alpine mountains in the Ands, tropical regions in the north and steppe in the south. The Amazon basin or green lung of the earth, is an area covered by the Amazon Jungle the largest rainforest on earth and home to the greatest amount of diverse species.
The continent is strongly influenced by European colonialism, so you can find still architectonical relics of that period. There are also still indigenous people who inhabit remote areas of the rainforest and maintain their traditional ways of life.
South America is surely one of the most diverse and enchanting continents in the world and has unlimited opportunities for adventurous travellers.
It is difficult to generalise about South America’s weather due to its immense size and varied climate zones. For instance, the Ands have an alpine climate with extremely low temperatures while the west of South America is affected by the trade winds and the cool “Humboldt stream.”
South America’s surfing opportunities are varied due to its diverse climates. There is cold water, wide beaches and endless powerful waves in Chile or Peru, board-shorts weather in Ecuador and Brazil and undiscovered gems in Argentina or Uruguay. South America has a lot to offer when it comes to surfing, and you will definitely spend some unforgettable days in the water no matter which of the continent’s many destinations you choose.
There are many direct flights to most countries in South America from all other continents. If a country is not accessible directly, it can be reached with a stopover. It is also easy to travel between countries by bus.