South America has posh and plain hotels for choosy travelers. Booking could be high and low at the same time. There are pricey hotels like the Alvear Palace and Iberosta Copacabana. But there are cheaper deals with the Incas Inn in Peru and Hotel Plaza Londres in Chile.

The hotels in Buenos Aires, for instance, compete with the world's best. Alvear Palace Hotel lives up to its name with its regal rooms and old style service. Customers are treated like royalty in wide bathrooms with signature toiletries. There's a butler on call in case a guest needs one.

On the other hand, the Iberostar Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro gives a view of three great sights all at the same time. Rising 37 floors above the city, Iberostar offers its guest a look at Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf, and Corcovado Peak. Brazil is a melting pot of races, so the hotel serves food from all continents.

But Peru is an alternative for the cash conscious. Budget hotels, such as the Inca Inn in the old city of Cuzco, have all the comforts city people expect of a fine hotel. Inca Inn is quiet in spite of being near the city.

The Hotel Plaza Londres in Santiago, Chile is located in the French quarter. The hotel was built by Franciscan monks in 1923. Guests can wander around the streets or they can go shopping in the business center nearby. There are books in the dining area for guests who choose to stay.

Some of the world's most mysterious sights are found in South America. The origins of the geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert and the ruins of Machu Picchu remain unsolved. A big chunk of South America speaks Spanish, but Portuguese is also widely spoken. Brazil is the continent's richest country.