A trip to the countries of South America remains the trip of a lifetime, a journey that will certainly rival any other. Whether to the high plateaus and ruins of Peru, the natural wonders of the Galapagos, or the icy landscapes of Patagonia, soft adventure travelers will never lack for a new holiday here. The ruins of ancient civilizations sit scattered among the jungles and islands of South America, and modern day cities rich in culture and architecture are juxtaposed. The flora and fauna of the great Amazon jungle is richer than that of Africa, and many plants and animals remain uncataloged. For those of a more urban inclination the great colonial cities and modern metropolises of South America rival those of Europe.