From the windswept archipelago of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical Caribbean beaches, traveling South America guarantees you a treasure trove full of adventures that can fuel your imagination for centuries with legendary cities, dizzying landscapes and jaw-dropping ancient ruins.
Tug on your backpack, and trail in some of the famous and infamous footsteps – from Charles Darwin’s journey and through the Che Guevara’s and Galapagos across the Andes to the ruinous path of Peru’s conquistadors.
With your backpacker-friendly hostels located at almost every corner, particularly in the irresistible cities from Rio and Buenos Aires to Cartagena and Quito, traveling in South America is not only a breeze, but it’s also a trip of a lifetime.
In this article, learn about five South American travel tips. Let’s start…..
Learn the lingo
South America is a mostly attractive destination to show off your Spanish – Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cusco, Peru; Quito, Ecuador, and Sucre, Bolivia; are the cities to learn the lingo. Most of the Brazilian cities offer a great place to learn some Portuguese. Besides, you are free to try some indigenous languages like Guarani in Paraguay or Quechua in Bolivia.
Like Africa and Asia, South America is also a continent where poverty is at its peak. Rural areas are safer than cities. Majority of the working-class estates in the major cities are tourist-prohibited areas. This is no difference for marginal areas near these places. So, be extra vigilant.
Research your accommodation
The accommodation range available in South America is enormous. You will be surprised that the US$10 that can buy you a room in Ecuador won’t even reach half the price of a breakfast snack in Southern Cone. However, unless you are visiting the continent during a festival time, you won’t experience accommodation problems. But just before you depart for the continent, a little research on accommodation won’t hurt.
Embrace bus travel
The “chicken” bus…. Huh! Don’t worry, you are going to get used to these binged-up ex-US old school buses, painted with cartooned images of anything – from religious figures to Tasmanian Devil and curvaceous warrior queens. They are the main means of transport for short distance voyages across most of the continent.
The name is derived, not from the stench of fried chicken brought in by your fellow passengers, but from the fact that South Americans will carry just about anything into the buses, including farm animals.
Be wise; time your trip
South America is near the equator and the tropic of Capricorn. You will, therefore, expect a tropical or subtropical climate all year round. The minimum temperatures are always 20C, whereas the rainforest regions record an average maximum temperatures of approximately 30C. From June to August, you will experience colder winters. Milder summers will come from December to February. April to October are freezing months. So, Tripadvisor recommends that your visit not be during the rainy season.
Of course, there are many other tips for travelling to South America. But I hope these five will help you. Now, what are you waiting, if you have been planning to traverse the continent, there you go, the travel tips are at your disposal.
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