Travelling South America tips and advice

South America Travel Facts

Number of countries: 14
Climate: South America is the fourth largest continent in the world and has a climate that reflects its large size. There are sections of rain forests, desert areas plus hot and cold climate areas. Packing for an extended travel period in South America can be hard work.
Population: 422.5 million
Highest Mountain: Aconcagua is the second highest mountain peak in the world behind only Mount Everest in Asia at (6,962 meters)
Famous Locations: Machu Picchu, Peru, Angel Falls, Venezuela which is the worlds largest free-falling waterfall, Torres del Paine, Chile, Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, The Amazon in Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Columbia and Iguazu Falls, Brazil & Argentina.
Budget Level: Travelling in South America is relatively cheap for any type of travel style. Backpackers and budget travellers can survive for months in the same style of travel that is possible in Europe or Australia for only a few weeks.
Safety: Travelling in South America can be risky at times. Staying in the well-known tourist areas will ensure you are the safest. When visiting more unknown tourist destinations crime rates can be high. I had everything I was travelling with stolen in Chile. Keep an eye on your belongings and be smart to try and prevent having your trip interrupted like me.

Travel Destinations in South America

Choose your South American travel destination from the list below and find travel tips, destination guides, recommendations for things to do in each country, accommodation advice, personal stories from my travels plus more. Be prepared to travel in South America.


Argentina Travel tips and advice
Travel tips, things to do, accommodation ideas, personal stories and outdoor adventure activities for travel in Argentina


Chile Travel tips and advice
Travel tips, things to do, accommodation ideas, personal stories and outdoor adventure activities for travel in Chile


Bolivia Travel tips and advice
Travel tips, things to do, accommodation ideas, personal stories and outdoor adventure activities for travel in Bolivia


Peru Travel tips and advice
Travel tips, things to do, accommodation ideas, personal stories and outdoor adventure activities for travel in Peru

South America Travel Tips and Advice

Some handy travel tips and ideas to ensure you have your next trip to South America completely planned. Travelling through the Amazon Forest, enjoying city escapes or spending time doing multi day hikes are all possible while exploring here. Unlike other travel destinations it is important to plan ahead with what to pack, have your accommodation planned and transport booked. Below are some items to help you before heading to South America.

Budget Travel Tips

Things to do in South America

South America Blog Posts

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