Most Beautiful Destinations To Rent Property In South America

By on December 15, 2012

Whether you are looking to rent a property for an extended stay or you are after somewhere for the longer term, South America is bursting with rental properties. If you are not constrained by which city you need to live in, choosing somewhere which offers beautiful surroundings is probably high on your list of priorities for your location. Here we review four of the most beautiful areas of South America in which to live.

Sao Conrado, Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Situated in the city’s south zone, Sao Conrado is an affluent area of Rio de Janerio and has grown in popularity since the 1970’s as one of the most sought after places in the city to live. For some it offers beachfront living – though the properties on the shore carry a price tag that reflects their prime location and do not tend to be available for rental – with the famous beaches of Ipanema and Leblon not far away. However, the views from more elevated parts of Sao Conrado are what draw others to live here; it provides an impressive vista of the city and out to sea. Property development has spread into the forested mountain area of Sao Conrado – which is within the Parque National da Tijuca – to make the most of this vantage point; the bonus of being amongst the lush vegetation and wildlife add to its appeal, but also add to monthly rental costs. The wealth of the area comes out in the designer shops and high end restaurants that are on offer here, but golf, sports facilities and opportunities for hang gliding and paragliding are available for those who prefer more active pursuits. The temperature in Rio de Janerio often reaches 30?C and daytime temperatures don’t tend to drop lower than 20?C, so it offers a warm and sunny climate year round.

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Close to the border with Chile lies San Carlos de Bariloche. It is surrounded by natural beauty thanks to its location within the foothills of the Andes and on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake. This makes the perfect rental destination for anyone who loves the outdoors, as you have opportunities to hike through the nearby Nahuel Huapi National Park, rock climb and ski; the lake is also popular with those keen to fish and take part in water sports. Not only are its surroundings beautiful, but the Swiss architecture of San Carlos de Bariloche adds to its attractiveness – it has often been described as one of Argentina’s most beautiful cities. You will find numerous restaurants and specialty shops here and it is noted for its chocolate. Those staying here can look forward to dry summers, which never get too hot; unfortunately the winters tend to be wet, though snow never proves a problem within the town.

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Valdivia, Chile
Known as “the Pearl of the South”, Valdivia is located on the Calle Calle River and is just 15km from the South Pacific Ocean. The city is steeped in history, being formed in 1552. Despite being largely destroyed by an earthquake and tidal wave in the 1960’s it has been carefully rebuilt to reflect its colonial past and some of the original Spanish forts and wooden German buildings remain. Valdivia is surrounded by hills covered with trees on all sides, along with wetlands, which have become a conservation area for black necked swans. The inhabitants of Valdivia enjoy locally caught seafood, so take advantage of this while you rent here. Although you won’t get particularly hot summers here – expect the temperature to be around 17?C – the winters aren’t particularly cold and snow rarely falls.

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Arequipa, Peru
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city and is located in the south of the country. It was founded in 1540 and has been granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in view of its history and architecture, which is easy to see as you wander through its streets. Arequipa is famous for its buildings from the colonial era constructed from sillar – a volcanic rock, which is pearl or pink in colour – which are demonstrated well by the Town Hall, Cathedral and buildings of the Main Square, though hundreds of old colonial houses still exist. There are numerous buildings of religious significance within the city including a monastery, which is the most significant religious monument in the country. All of this means you will have much to explore while you rent here. The city’s colonial past is reflected in the local cuisine, which has a strong Spanish influence and is offered in many of its restaurants. Although the daytime temperature doesn’t fall below 20?C, it doesn’t raise much above 25?C due to its altitude of around 2300m, providing a pleasant climate for all who stay here.

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Ruth writes travel articles on behalf of a number of UK websites. When she’s not travelling she’s usually writing by the pool at the family home in Phoenix.

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