Discover the 11 Most Peaceful Countries in South America

Written by Devika Khosla
Updated: November 8, 2023
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Offering enticing cuisine and unique culture, countries in South America attract travelers from near and far. Discover the 11 most peaceful countries in South America, according to the Global Peace Index 2023. These counties offer warm and welcoming hospitality.

1. Uruguay

Artigas Mausoleum and Salvo Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay

The colonial-style Artigas Mausoleum and Salvo Palace are in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Uruguay has low crime rates, a strong democratic government, and a very good social welfare system. It offers a safe and peaceful environment for both residents and visitors. There is a lot to see and do in Uruguay, including exploring the capital city of Montevideo and the colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento. In addition, enjoy the beaches of Punta del Este, including Playa Montaya and Playa Brava.

2. Chile

The spectacular Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine National Park is a popular area.

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Chile is known for its political stability and commitment to human rights. The country boasts of diverse landscapes, from the Atacama Desert to the Andes Mountains. Things to do in Chile include hiking in the Torres del Paine National Park and enjoying wine tasting in the vineyards of the Casablanca Valley.

3. Argentina

Part of The Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentinian National Park

Iguazu Falls lie in the Argentinian National Park in Puerto Iguazu, Argentia.

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Known for its cultural heritage and natural wonders, Argentina is a haven of peace. From the vibrant streets of the capital city of Buenos Aires to the Iguazu Falls in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina offers varied experiences. Other popular things to do in the country are hiking near the Moreno Glacier in Patagonia and taking a wildlife safari in Puerto Madryn in the Valdes Peninsula.

4. Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica - Drone Aerial view of Tamarindo Beach - best Surfing spot and Beach town on the Pacific Coast

Surf the waves in Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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Often referred to as the “Switzerland of Central America,” Costa Rica is a peaceful and eco-friendly country in South America committed to environmental sustainability. Known for its lush rainforests, you can see wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park and visit the beaches of Guanacaste in Costa Rica, like Playa Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Grande. The latter is a nesting site for leatherback sea turtles.

5. Ecuador

Galapagos Island Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Nestled in the heart of South America, Ecuador is known for its vibrant culture and unique biodiversity. Some popular things to do in Ecuador are visiting indigenous markets in towns like Otavalo and Latacunga. Moreover, you can enjoy hiking to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi Volcano, and visit the Galapagos Islands, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

6. Suriname

Matapica Swamp

Explore the Matapica Swamps in Suriname, South America.

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Suriname is located on the northeastern coast of South America. A hidden gem of sorts, it boasts of untouched natural beauty in its rainforests. While in Suriname, explore the historic capital city of Paramaribo and cruise along the Suriname River. You can also take a safari into the renowned Central Suriname Nature Reserve

7. Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru.

Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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Peru is home to the ancient Inca civilization and the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. The country offers plenty to see and do, starting in the capital city of Lima with its vibrant culture. In addition, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu goes through the picturesque Andes Mountains. It is a world-famous hiking trail that follows the ancient path that the Incas used to reach Machu Picchu.

8. Paraguay

Presidential Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay. It serves as a workplace for the President and the government of Paraguay.

The Presidential Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay is an interesting piece of architecture.

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Known as the ‘heart of South America,’ Paraguay is a landlocked country. Starting with the charming colonial town and capital, Asuncion, where you can see the presidential palace, museums, and markets, you can also explore the wetlands of the Pantanal. In addition, a must-visit in Paraguay is the Itaipu Dam, one of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plants.

9. Guyana

Kaietuer falls from above, Guyana

The Kaieteur Falls in Guyana has a drop of 741 feet.

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Guyana is a country with a wealth of nature’s best by way of waterfalls and wildlife. You can visit one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls, Kaieteur Falls, which has a drop of 741 feet. Also, go on a wildlife safari in the Iwokrama Forest, home to jaguars and other wildlife. Don’t miss the historical sites in the capital city of Georgetown, which include St. George’s Cathedral and the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology.

10. Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Christ The Redeemer, City, Corcovado

The Christ the Redeemer statue attracts tourists to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is home to the majority of the Amazon Rainforest. One of the most popular cities in Brazil is Rio de Janeiro, known for the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The city is also famous for the vibrant spectacle that is the annual Rio Carnival held in February or March. Another popular city in Brazil is Sao Paulo known for its parks and green spaces as well as its mix of colonial and modern architecture.

11. Colombia

Tatacoa desert red rock formations with cactus neiva villavieja colombia

These stunning red rock formations are in the Tatacoa Desert, Colombia.

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Contrary to its reputation, Colombia is one of the most peaceful countries in South America after the Columbian government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016. Unique activities in Colombia include seeing the red rock formations in Tatacoa Desert, following the coffee trail in the town of Salento, and trekking to the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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