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The Americas is the name of the lands of the Western hemisphere, and consist of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions.

The term (The Americas) is relatively recent and a far less ambiguous alternative to the term America, which can either refer to the entire landmass of North and South America or the United States of America.

North America

North America consists of three large nations and one large island territory that cover most of its area (Greenland, Canada, the United States, and Mexico), the seven smaller nations at its southern extreme (collectively known as Central America), and around two dozen island nations and territories of various sizes in the Caribbean. Although these last two regions are technically part of the North American continent, they are commonly treated separately from their larger neighbors to the northwest (hence the distinctive region names).

South America

Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the wilder of the Americas and a continent of superlatives.

The world's biggest rainforest and second longest river (Amazon), the second highest mountain range (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls, in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls, Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.

Besides, the work of man has also left rare gems on the continent: ruins of ancient civilizations (Machu Picchu and other Inca cities; the Moais in Easter Island) share the continent with world-class metropolises (São Paulo,Buenos Aires, Rosario, Santiago de Chile, and Rio de Janeiro), outstanding modern architecture (Brasilia), European architecture (Buenos Aires), the oldest rock paintings in the Americas (at the Serra da Capivara), strong African heritage (in Salvador Rio and Montevideo), genuine indigenous (Belém, Manaus, Cuzco, Lima, La Paz) and Eastern culture (São Paulo's enormous Japanese community), mingled with the fingerprints of Iberian colonizers. Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city and some of its biggest festivities, such as Rio's Carnival and Belem's Cirio de Nazaré, the Tango World Championship, and the Vendimia festival in Argentina, are also part of this incredibly diverse and attractive continent.

Central America

Central America is the thin section of land that links the North American continent with the South American continent. Geographically part of North America, it is made up of seven small, mostly tropical countries that have more in common with South America than the more affluent north. Mexico is occasionally considered part of Central America due to the language and Mayan/Spanish cultural heritage it shares with several of the countries in the region.

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America and Canda travel and VISA requirements

America Visa info
Most visitors to the United States enter the country as tourists. With the introduction of visa free travel to citizens of 27 countries, it is now possible for many travelers, including British citizens, to enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (WVP). Visa free travel is also available to qualified travelers who enter the United States on business or in transit.

Canadian Visa Info
Travel to Canada with a Canadian Tourist Visa - A Canadian Visitor Visa will allow you to visit Canada for up to 6 months.

South America travel and VISA requirements

Visas and Tourist Cards

The following information is for British passport holders and is correct at the time this was written, for the latest information please check with the relevant consulates before you travel. Please note that you are required to have at least 6 months left to run on your passport from your return date.

British (UK) passport holders and travellers holding return airline tickets do not generally require visas for countries in South America (Latin America).

Travellers to Cuba must first purchase a tourist card before they leave the UK.

Suriname - You will need a VISA if travelling to Surinam (Nederlands Guyana).

Venezuela - If you are entering Venezuela by land from another country you will have to obtain a tourist card in advance.

For all other countries in South America tourist cards are free and are available at the point of entry (or may be provided during your air flight).

One Way Tickets - If you are travelling on a one way ticket please contact the countries specific consulate for further details.

Nationals of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates before travelling to South America.