Despite what it may seem to many travelers, South America is one of the least populated areas of the Tierrto. This, to a large extent, is the fault of - or thanks to - the vast natural extensions that are not inhabited by man. Some examples are the Amazon rainforest, Patagonia and the Andes mountain range.
Being like this, 428 million people inhabit the South American subcontinent. For more than two years (spread over three different trips) I traveled through these latitudes. Sometimes tirelessly, changing places every few days and covering much of the territory. Others, visiting friends and spending weeks with them, absorbing the Argentine, Chilean, Uruguayan or Brazilian lifestyle.
I had a good time in some of the most populated cities in South America. Although they are chaotic and you must have some knowledge of where you are moving and what time you do it, the South American cities are vibrant and colorful. Most of the most populated cities in South America are in Brazil, which is very normal, considering that this country is inhabited by 211 million people, almost half of all of South America.
Given its metropolitan areas, These are the most populated cities in South America:
1. São Paulo, Brazil, 21.7 million
Sao Paulo © Pixabay
The great industrial city of São Paulo is number one among the most populated cities in South America.
I spent several weeks in it and, although I loved its nightlife and vibrant cultural life, the truth is that I thought it was a cement monster, full of pollution and with an endemic scarcity of green areas. Also, I didn't find it a safe place late in the morning and the traffic is totally unbearable. In short, a city in which I would not like to live.
2. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 15 million
Pink House in Buenos Aires © David Escribano
The silver medal among the most populated cities in South America has nothing to do with that of gold.
Buenos Aires It is tango, passion, beauty, melancholy, romanticism, art, culture and, in a way, addictive chaos. I spent three seasons in this city that made me fall in love to the core. In fact, on my first visit - back in 2004 - I got to take a resume to look for work.
Puerto Madero, the charismatic neighborhoods of San Telmo, La Boca and Palermo, the Pija area of Recoleta, Plaza de Mayo... And many lesser-known corners that touch the fiber of the traveling heart.
However, social inequality, as it happens in so many big cities - not just South American ones - is very latent.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13.4 million
Rio de Janeiro © David Escribano