Copa America 2015
If last year's World Cup in Brazil just whetted your appetite for football in South America, then why not take a trip to see the real thing at the 2015 Copa America?
The Copa America is the South American equivalent of the European championships, where each South American country (with occasional 'outside' invitees as well compete to be crowned the champions of South America. It's a great opportunity to see the top South American players at work, and this year's tournament has added spice with Argentina on a high, Brazil looking to rebuild their reputation, and teams like Colombia, Paraguay and Chile brimming with youthful passion.
The tournament is held in each South American country in turn, and in 2015 the Copa America comes to beautiful Chile. Although it might not have the footballing reputation of the South American heavyweights, Chile's fans are some of the most passionate on the continent and the atmosphere at the games for this year's Copa America should be fantastic.
Most of the games are taking place in Chile's central belt: Santiago and Valparaiso are holding plenty of games, with others within easy reach of the capital in Viña del Mar and Rancagua. However, there are a few games being held in the southern cities of Temuco and Concepcion, and to the north in La Serena (think vineyards and star-gazing) and up towards the Atacama desert in the port city of Antofagasta.
So if you'd like to take in some top level football, perhaps as part of a wider holiday to Chile, then this summer could be the perfect time for you to plan a trip...
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