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Looking to get the best value for your travel buck? Here, six surprising facts about the continent that will make you want to visit -- including the fact that it's a great deal for Canadians.

It may be winter in South America, but with many of the best countries situated closer to the Equator, the temperatures in South America's winter (our summer) are much more comfortable than they would be at the height of our winters.

Plus, according to our contacts at the global hotel search and booking engine, the world-class architecture, sophisticated culture and Michelin-star dining are just three factors that makes this spot hot with their customers searching for places to go this summer. The company adds that, "You can find all of this in the diverse cities of South America, each with something unique to offer travellers. From majestic waterfalls and Amazonian jungles, to unparalleled cuisine and historical sites, these cities are just begging to be explored."

And, at a fraction of the cost it would take to do a similar trip to Europe. For example (at time of publishing), $1CDN buys 2.42 Brazilian Real, and about 2,100 Colombian Pesos.

As a side note, Air Canada is recognizing the growing popularity of Colombia as a destination, for when our summers turn to winter. "It is never too early to start planning an escape from the Canadian winter, and Air Canada is pleased to give customers more options to consider with the launch of a new Air Canada Rouge route to Cartagena. This nearly 500-year-old city on Colombia's Caribbean coast offers visitors prime urban, beach and adventure tourism," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. "With this new route, along with our year-round Toronto-Bogota increasing to five- from four-times weekly this winter, Air Canada will offer the best coverage of the Canada-Colombia market, with the most seats and frequency."

The new, non-stop Toronto-Cartagena flights will operate with a 136-seat Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319 aircraft offering two cabins of service, Premium Rouge and Economy. Flights will depart Toronto each Monday starting December 18, 2017 until April 9, 2018, says Air Canada.

Click through for few more fun facts from our friends at and reasons why you might consider a South American adventure.

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