How to travel to South America

Unsurprisingly it’s something I’m often asked – where should I go and how should I travel to South America? I guess the answer can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like. What I mean by that is that people like to approach their travel planning in different ways and so I’m going to provide a range of answers depending on the sort of traveller that best describes you. So start reading all about the Nine ways to plan your South America Tour here.

1. Planning for a 3-5 Week Trip

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The beach in Brazil. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

I list this as the first option as it’s by far the most common approach time frame for people who don’t have a particular special interest and just want to tick off all the major attractions in one trip.

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2. Planning for a 2-3 Week Trip

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View  overlooking Machu Picchu. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

People often don’t appreciate how large South America is. For example Brazil is larger than Australia and that’s just one country within South America! Trying to fit in all the major highlights of South America into a 2-3 week itinerary is near impossible and even if you did manage it you’d spend precious little time actually enjoying yourself and more time on aeroplanes.

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3. Planning for a 3 Month Plus trip

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A colourful street in Trinidad – Cuba. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

How long is a piece of string! The first time I travelled to South America I spend six months travelling around and even then I felt like there was a lot left to see. That said, if time and money isn’t so much of an issue then with three months you can get a really good taste of most of the best destinations in South America without feeling too rushed.

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4. Plan your South America Tour if you like hiking and outdoor activities

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The stunning landscape in Patagonia. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Choosing the right trek really depends on a wide variety of factors. How much time you have? How experienced are you? How much are you effected by altitude?

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5. Plan your South America Tour if you like cuisine and culture

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Ceviche, the local dish in Pery Photo credit: Shutterstock.

There is certainly no lack of cuisine or culture within Latin America and if anything these options in this area are almost unparalleled anywhere on the planet, possibly with the exception of Europe.

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6. Plan your South America Tour if you like photography

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The Andes in Bolivia. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

I don’t think it’s overstating it to say that Latin America is a photographer’s paradise. The variation in colours and textures are unparalleled – be it the food markets, tapestries, wildlife or just the landscapes. As a photographer you can go just about anywhere in South America and not be disappointed, but here are some of my top recommendations for generating Instagram envy.

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7. Plan your South America Tour if you like wildlife

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Sloths in South America. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

With the possible exception of Africa, South America probably has the world’s most diverse range of wildlife viewing opportunities. The five locations below are certainly the most popular and accessible

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8. Plan your South America Tour if you like the buzz of cities

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San Telmo in Buenos Aires. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

South America has some buzzing and inspiring cities to visit, from the romantic city of Buenos Aires to the fabulous cuisine in Lima.

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 9. Plan your South America Tour if you want to relax and unwind on a beach (COMING SOON)

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The way to the beach in Cuba. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

There are so many options when it comes to beach escapes in Latin America, so we give you a hand on how to Plan your South America Tour if you are a beach fan. The Caribbean is probably the world’s largest beach resort after all, and although many of the Caribbean’s islands aren’t really part of Latin America (i.e. no Spanish or Portuguese language) Cuba and Mexico alone have so many all-inclusive resorts at destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cuban Varadero.

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Author: Chad Carey

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