TravelPod members share their adventures from incredible destinations all around the globe, and South America is of course no exception. While our bloggers usually find themselves in tiny villages, jungle trails, and salt flats, they eventually make their way to the great cities as well for some urban exploration.

Following are quick glimpses of the five most popular South American cities among TravelPod bloggers based on 2014 trips. Be sure to check the links for the latest and greatest photos from these travel hotspots.

1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Not only a leader among TravelPod members, this capital city is in fact the most visited city in South America! A thriving arts scene and a high standard of living make BA one of the great cities of the world.


Photo credit: TravelPod member mattyjordan


Sunday San Talmo Markets
Photo credit: TravelPod member fae-neilvsworld


La Boca
Photo credit: TravelPod member mattyjordan

Check out more photos from Buenos Aires on TravelPod.

2. Santiago, Chile

Santiago, on the Mapocho River, has a third of the population of Buenos Aires and is growing quickly.


Inside the main cathedral of Santiago
Photo credit: TravelPod member ericjon97


Wine cellar
Photo credit: TravelPod member ericjon97


Fresh strawberries from the market
Photo Credit: TravelPod member the5wynns

See more photos from Santiago on TravelPod.

3. Cusco, Peru

If you’re looking for Incan history, you’ll find it here in Cusco, which served as the Inca capital until the Spanish conquest.


Photo credit: TravelPod member pietrasanta


Photo credit: TravelPod member ellengoeseast


Cusco at night
Photo credit: TravelPod member jamieking


Photo credit: TravelPod member ellengoeseast
Find more photos from trips to Cusco on TravelPod.

4. Lima, Peru

Another Inca city before the Spanish arrived, Lima was once a religious center. It’s now a city with more than 10 million residents and a thriving tourism and arts scene.


Mire Flores, Lima
Photo credit: TravelPod member katyflo


Photo credit: TravelPod member ebzh


Central Lima by night
Photo credit: TravelPod member jdtrip

Be sure to check out photos from recent trips to Lima on TravelPod.

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

There’s a reason why almost 3 million travelers find their way to Rio each year: beach life, arts, culture, Carnival, and beach life all come to mind. Did we mention the beaches?


Lapa sterps take 2
Photo credit: TravelPod member mattyjordan


Coucher de soleil sur le Corcovado
Photo credit: TravelPod member marie-claude.g


Rio from Christ the Redeemer
Photo credit: TravelPod member spoonball


Sunday at the beach
Photo credit: TravelPod member eoinshirl

See more photos from Rio de Janeiro on TravelPod.