It's not a country. It's not in one country, either, shared as it is by Chile and Argentina.
Rich cultural influences, astounding local produce and top-drawer chefs are bringing Peruvian cuisine to the world.
Cuzco's historical heart is a great place to spend an afternoon people-watching while you acclimatise to the city's 3300-metre altitude.
One notable Buenos Aires building is both a people's favourite and, paradoxically, was voted the city's ugliest building.
Tango, shop and eat and your way around this cosmopolitan South American city that feels a little bit European.
The toxic cooking stoves used in the village of Huilloc are being replaced by healthier ones that still do a fine job of roasting a guinea pig or four.
The perfect beef empanada? The secret is in the onions.
Rain, sleet and – if you're lucky – snow gives voyagers in southern Patagonia a dose of adventure they will remember forever.