South America Travel Guide: Tips, Tricks, Itineraries & the Best Things to Do
Travelling South America is an immersive experience. Expect to socialise with friendly locals long into the night, wander through ancient ruins and eat exotic and delicious cuisine (except for guinea pig - we've tried that so you don't have to)!
This South America travel guide will get you drinking Malbec in remote Argentine wineries, dancing tango like a local in the streets of La Boca where the dance originated and catching piranhas then swimming in the Amazon river.
South America Travel Tips & Overview
This travel blog is full of travel tips for South America. We cover everything from the must-see destinations to the best things to do. We don't skip the nitty gritty either: how to get around and where to stay.
Here's some fast facts to get you started.
[caption id="attachment_34746" align="alignnone" width="1709"] The Festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria is one of the coolest festivals in South America you've never heard of before[/caption]
Plugs and voltage vary across South America. Most use a European rounded two prong plug (Type C).
In an interesting twist, Argentina uses a 3 prong plug like in Australia (Type I).
The easiest solution is to purchase a universal travel adapter for South America like this.
South America is a long flight from home for most visitors. I guarantee when you're at the top of a 100 m tall sand dune and ready to slide down, knowing you have insurance is a good peace of mind.
Essential vaccinations for South America include Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio vaccine.
In some countries such as Bolivia it is an entry requirement to show proof that you have received a yellow fever vaccination.
Simple! This can easily form the basis of a route for 3 - 4 months around South America.
[caption id="attachment_34745" align="alignnone" width="1497"] Machu Picchu is one the must see things in every South America itinerary[/caption]
Books for further reading
Don't ask us to chose what the best south america travel book is because we sourced all of our information from travel blogs like this one or - more often than not - by doing it the hard way ourselves.
Here's some interesting fiction books about South America travel (and one regular South America travel book):
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