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Welcome to Latin America. This category is for quizzes on South America. Note this includes countries where English and Dutch are the official language, as well as the countries having Spanish, Portuguese and French as their language.
190 quizzes and 2,660 trivia questions.
South America The Beautiful
  South America The Beautiful   top quiz  
Photo Match
 10 Qns
Welcome to beautiful South America! See if you can match these national sites with the country that is proud of them. All ten would make an epic South American bucket list. Enjoy and good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, BigTriviaDawg, Jan 31 24
BigTriviaDawg gold member
Jan 31 24
200 plays
Superlative South America
  Superlative South America    
Photo Match
 15 Qns
South America is a continent entirely in the western Hemisphere and mostly in the southern. It includes twelve sovereign states which I am focusing on in this quiz. Each state has at least one thing that makes a geographical top of the world list.
Average, 15 Qns, Midget40, Dec 25 23
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Midget40 gold member
Dec 25 23
191 plays
  Mapping South America   popular trivia quiz  
Label Quiz
 12 Qns
A continent of ancient civilizations and diverse geographical regions, South America has most of its landmass located south of the Equator. Can you correctly label the 12 South American nations on the map? Enjoy!
Easier, 12 Qns, Matthew_07, Mar 27 22
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9,10,11,12
Matthew_07 gold member
Mar 27 22
868 plays
  Find Me in South America   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Latin America is an extremely diverse area of the world with numerous attractions. In this quiz, we will remember some attractions from some South America countries. Play the quiz and have fun.
Easier, 10 Qns, masfon, Apr 28 22
masfon gold member
Apr 28 22
642 plays
  Fun-damental Geography of South America    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I like to play trivia at a local pub but one of our biggest weaknesses is geography. So I created this quiz to help me learn about South America and I hope it will also interest you.
Average, 10 Qns, andshar, Jul 15 23
Recommended for grades: 11,12
andshar gold member
Jul 15 23
397 plays
  Tour around Latin America   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz is about countries of Central and South America, as well as Mexico, which is a part of North America. It is one of the most fascinating regions in the world. Find out more about it!
Average, 15 Qns, beatka, Sep 18 21
beatka gold member
Sep 18 21
4975 plays
  South and Central America   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What do you know about the wonderful lands of South America and Central America? A little tour for you to enjoy.
Easier, 10 Qns, doomed, Jun 12 22
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
Jun 12 22
4128 plays
  A Swing Through South America   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Liz has decided to take a vacation, and spend it traveling. She has always wanted to visit South America, but could never manage to swing it - until now. So, let's see where she goes!
Easier, 10 Qns, beergirllaura, Sep 03 14
1221 plays
  Around the Globe: South America   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
The third installment of my Around the Globe quizzes will be just like the previous ones. If a country is the answer to one question, it won't be the answer to another unless it's a bonus question, which I will indicate. This will cover South America.
Easier, 15 Qns, Hermione124, Aug 29 22
Aug 29 22
2281 plays
  South American Country Name Derivation   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are twelve sovereign states in South America. I thought it would be fun to have a look at where some of their names came from - whether person, city, metal, tree or river.
Easier, 10 Qns, Upstart3, Mar 14 16
Upstart3 gold member
790 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What is the name of the mountain chain that runs the western length of South America?

From Quiz "Latin American Geography Basics"

  Round the World with Team Red. Stage 4   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In the Team Task Challenge, Team Red is circling the globe making a massive 100 stops in ten stages. So grab your passport and hang on! This is Stage number 4 where we visit South America.
Average, 10 Qns, tiffanyram, Apr 07 19
tiffanyram gold member
Apr 07 19
480 plays
  South America: Odd One Out   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to the South American installment of the 'odd one out' series. Just pick the incorrect option in each question.
Easier, 10 Qns, timence, Jan 09 24
timence gold member
Jan 09 24
392 plays
  Where in South America?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In this quiz you have to name the South American country in which you find the landmark, natural feature, attraction, etc.
Average, 10 Qns, 0c0c0c, Feb 10 07
2324 plays
  South American "Where Am I?"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The aim of the game is to guess what South American country or city is being referred to based on the clues given. Sale of the Century style. Ten points for correct answers, broken pride for wrong ones! Enjoy.
Average, 10 Qns, danielsharp, Mar 11 12
2480 plays
  Latin American Geography Basics    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Let me know what you think.
Average, 10 Qns, socratessoul, Nov 03 16
6556 plays
  South America--Ten Countries, Ten Questions    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I've always been drawn to South America and hope one day to go there. Join me on my dream journey through ten of the twelve countries on this interesting continent!
Average, 10 Qns, Bob9491, Mar 12 18
Mar 12 18
307 plays
In this quiz you need to match the South American country to the fact that fits.
Average, 10 Qns, Upstart3, May 25 16
Upstart3 gold member
559 plays
  Oy! I got lost in South America!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
True story, I really did! See if you can help me find where I am at! Along the way I will try to guide you to some facts about these cities, countries, and customs!
Easier, 10 Qns, exceller, Jun 28 14
exceller gold member
526 plays
  Facts on South America    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some facts on South America - Good Luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, des_fun, Nov 08 22
Nov 08 22
2601 plays
  Down South America Way    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While relaxing in Pennsylvania, reading a travel magazine, OUCH, the travel bug bit me. I decided I just had to meet my good neighbors to the far south. Please join me as I travel through South America to enjoy its peoples, culture, places and things.
Average, 10 Qns, Irishrosy, Sep 29 14
347 plays
  Traveling South America    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Take a journey through the amazing continent of South America. Visit the Amazon rainforest, Galapagos islands, Andes mountains, and colorful cities of this land of wonder.
Average, 10 Qns, dumb2, Mar 15 21
Mar 15 21
1692 plays
  Adventure in Peru and Bolivia    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz simulates a magnificent trip taken through the land of Peru and Bolivia. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, rightiam, Dec 19 23
Dec 19 23
1816 plays
  South American Fun    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to a wonderful quiz on South American geography. Let's see if you know as much about South America as you think.
Tough, 10 Qns, chucknorris2, May 25 14
1130 plays
  I'm Where In South-America    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I give you the names of four places, located all in the same country. Do you know what country that is?
Average, 10 Qns, Vermic, Oct 12 11
4906 plays
  South American Surprise!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is going to test your knowledge on the mysterious and exotic continent of South America. Have a nice trip!
Average, 10 Qns, me07, Jan 30 14
2788 plays
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South American Geography Trivia Questions

1. After visiting Panama, we had hoped to continue along the Pan-American Highway into Colombia, but we had to take a flight instead. Why did we have to fly?

From Quiz
Round the World with Team Red. Stage 4

Answer: There is no road from Panama to Colombia.

The Pan-American Highway stretches from Alaska to Argentina, and is about 19,000 miles long. The only break in this great highway is the Darién Gap, an expanse of inhospitable swampland which extends for about 66 miles between Yaviza, Panama and Turbo, Colombia. The gap is home to two indigenous groups, the Kuna and the Embera-Wounaan. Travel through this area is mostly done by a type of canoe known as a 'piragua'. Because of its lack of development and its terrain, few outsiders visit the area, but drug smugglers have been known to use the gap as a passage for transporting drugs. (Question by tiffanyram)

2. Paraguay: What river runs through the center of Paraguay?

From Quiz South America--Ten Countries, Ten Questions

Answer: The Paraguay River

The Paraguay River forms the border between Paraguay and Brazil and flows south before connecting with the Apa River. It runs through four countries: Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia.

3. Which large South American country is named after a metal?

From Quiz South American Country Name Derivation

Answer: Argentina

The eighth largest country in the world, Argentina's name comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The use of the name originated with Portuguese and Spanish explorers in the 16th century. South America is the world's largest source of silver and that metal was a major component of global trade in the 16th and 17th centuries.

4. Which UNESCO World Heritage City has replaced its old airport, which was 10,000 feet above sea level, with a new airport?

From Quiz Down South America Way

Answer: Quito

Thirteen miles north of the capital city of Quito, Ecuador, is its newest airport, Mariscal Sucre. Quito's old airport, which bears the same name, is 10,000 feet above sea level. Now that flying into Quito is a little safer, I hope to stay at the Casa Gangotena Hotel which is a restored historic mansion hotel in the old town section of Quito. The hotel offers a program, in conjunction with a foundation known as Heritage Guardians, whereby guests can meet the citizens of Quito and familiarize themselves with their everyday life and traditions.

5. As I fly into Jorge Chavez National airport I soon realize I'm in Peru. In which city is the airport located?

From Quiz Adventure in Peru and Bolivia

Answer: Callao

Although the airport is Peru's biggest, and is a hub for LAN airlines, it is geographically located in Callao, Peru, only six miles from Lima. The airport serves an approximate six million people per year.

6. How many countries are there in South America? (not including French Guiana)

From Quiz South American Fun

Answer: 12

Those countries are Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The Falkland Islands are a British Territory, not a country.

7. Where can you find the Essequibo, and Corentyne River?

From Quiz Where in South America?

Answer: Guyana

Guyana was originally owned by the Dutch. In 1814 it became a British territory.

8. The capital of Santiago can be found in a country that has a very long South American western coastline. Which country are we in?

From Quiz South and Central America

Answer: Chile

Chile is bordered by Peru and Argentina. This country has a population of around fifteen million people and became independent from Spain in 1810.

9. What was the largest city in South America in 2003?

From Quiz Traveling South America

Answer: Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo had about 22 million people, but it is difficult to know for sure because there are so many homeless people. Rio had 14 million people, Buenos Aires 12 million, and Lima 9 million.

10. What is the most populous city of South America?

From Quiz Tour around Latin America

Answer: Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo (Portuguese for "St. Paul") in terms of population is the largest city of Brazil and South America, and also one of the largest cities in the world.

11. How many independent countries are there on the South American mainland?

From Quiz South American Surprise!

Answer: 12

There are twelve INDEPENDENT countries in South America. The Falkland Islands are governed by Britain and French Guiana by France.

12. What South American possession lies farthest from the mainland?

From Quiz Facts on South America

Answer: Easter Island

It is situated 2300 miles west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean. This small volcanic island was discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722, and was annexed by Chile in 1888. Although it belongs to Chile, geographically Easter island is considered part of Oceania, not South America.

13. Concepcion - Pozo Colorado - Filadelfia - Caazapa

From Quiz I'm Where In South-America

Answer: Paraguay

14. It is common knowledge that the longest river in South America is the Amazon. But what is the second longest river in South America?

From Quiz Fun-damental Geography of South America

Answer: Parana

The Parana River has its headwaters in Brazil. It then travels over 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) through Paraguay and into Argentina. The Uruguay River merges with it to form the Rio de la Plata which empties into the Atlantic Ocean near Buenos Aires.

15. Which South American country is named after a European explorer?

From Quiz South American Country Name Derivation

Answer: Colombia

The word Colombia is derived from the name of Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo in Italian). It was first coined by the splendidly named Venezuelan revolutionary Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y Rodríguez de Espinoza, as a proposed name for a large independent empire of states freed from Spanish and Portuguese control. It was adopted by Gran Colombia in 1819, which included all of the present-day countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Ecuador, plus other territory. The Republic of Colombia, after various changes and struggles, was formed in 1886.

16. What is the name of the greenish-white bromeliad plant native to the Andes Mountains of South America?

From Quiz Down South America Way

Answer: Queen of the Andes

The Queen of the Andes, a spike-like flowering plant also known as "Puya raimondii", is a flowering bromeliad plant native to the Andes Mountains of South America. It takes eighty to hundred and fifty years for this flower to bloom. When it does, it has almost eight thousand blossoms on its greenish-white spikes which later turn to a purplish color. With sword-like leaves, the edges of which have fishhook type indentures, the Queen of the Andes flowering plant is protected from animals foraging for food. The pineapple is also in this family and it too offers a challenge for many animals browsing for food.

17. What country has the third largest land area in South America?

From Quiz South American Fun

Answer: Peru

Brazil is first, then Argentina, then Peru in land area. Brazil is 8,514,877 km (3,287,612 sq mi). Argentina is 2,766,890 km (1,068,302 sq mi). Then Peru which is about 1,285,216 km (496,226 sq mi).

18. Moving to the north of the continent, this country borders the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela and Brazil. Its capital city is Georgetown and became an independent nation in 1966. Where are we?

From Quiz South and Central America

Answer: Guyana

Guyana became independent from the UK in 1966 and is the third smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay. The population numbers less than one million. Guyana is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

19. Which spectacular waterfalls are located near the border of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay?

From Quiz Traveling South America

Answer: Iguacu Falls

Iguacu Falls are located on the Iguacu River, and soon flow into the Parana River. In local language, Iguacu means "Great Waters." The falls are made of more than 200 separate waterfalls, making it the place with the most waterfalls in the world.

20. Name the only Latin American nation which derives its language and culture from Portugal.

From Quiz Tour around Latin America

Answer: Brazil

Brazil is the largest country of South America. It borders ten countries. Portugal began its colonisation in 1532.

21. What are the people of Chile called?

From Quiz South American Surprise!

Answer: Chileans & Chilenos & Chilean & Chileno

The Chileans call the Atacama Desert 'The Great North'.

22. The favorable soil and climate of the Caribbean has encouraged and been dominated by what agricultural industry?

From Quiz Latin American Geography Basics

Answer: Sugar

The sugar plantations on the Caribbean Islands also encouraged slave labor, as the cutting of the plants is dangerous and painful, back-breaking labor.

23. How many of South America's twenty largest rivers empty into the Pacific Ocean?

From Quiz Facts on South America

Answer: none

South America's continental divide runs along the crest of the Andes at the continent's western edge. In most places the divide lies within 200 miles of the Pasific coast. Rivers originating west of the divide have only a short distance to travel before reaching the Pacific. Rivers flowing east from the divide have nearly the whole expanse of the continent to cross before emptying into the Atlantic.

24. Punta Arenas - Talcahuano - La Serena - Los Angeles

From Quiz I'm Where In South-America

Answer: Chile

25. Although it is called South America, it is not as far south as you may think. Which country is the only one in South America which is entirely south of the Tropic of Capricorn?

From Quiz Fun-damental Geography of South America

Answer: Uruguay

The Tropic of Capricorn is just over 23 degrees latitude south of the equator. The latitude of Cape Horn is just short of 56 degrees south. For comparison, New York City is just under 41 degrees north, London is 51.5 degrees north and Stockholm is nearly 60 degrees north.

26. Venezuela: Prior to World War I agricultural products were the main exports of the country. What was discovered that changed that?

From Quiz South America--Ten Countries, Ten Questions

Answer: massive oil deposits

Massive deposits of oil were discovered in Lake Maracaibo during World War I. The economic boom created by this discovery lasted well into the 1980s.

27. Which country in the north of South America, with English as its official language, has a name from a word in an ancient Amerindian language meaning "land of many waters"?

From Quiz South American Country Name Derivation

Answer: Guyana

Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became independent from the UK in 1966. It is the only mainland South American country that has English as an official language, and the only one that participates in the West Indies cricket team.

28. With a name meaning "Equator" in Spanish, which nation has a charming capital that is known as the "City of Eternal Spring"?

From Quiz Around the Globe: South America

Answer: Ecuador

The capital of Ecuador, Quito, lies only 15 miles from the Equator with an altitude of 9000 feet. The country produces one of the world's largest crops of bananas and feather-light balsa trees thanks to its hot, swampy coast. Ecuador's famous "Panama hats" are made by the straws supplied by local palms.

29. What per cent of the Earth's surface does South America make up?

From Quiz South American Fun

Answer: 3.5 percent

South America has a total area of 17,840,000 square kilometers (6,890,000 sq mi). It ranks fourth in area.

30. Which countries are home to the Guiana Highlands?

From Quiz Where in South America?

Answer: Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil

Caracas is the closest capital in South America to a capital that isn't in South America.

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