South America features remarkable scope of cultures, nature and history. If you are looking for an adventure destination, look no further.
Why Visit South America
South america is filled with ruins from lost civilizations, highlighting the Machu Picchu in Peru, the Easter Island in Chile and the Lost City in Colombia. The indigenous cultures in South America provide some of the most interesting historic sights to visit in the region, in addition to some fascinating colonial architecture brought by the spanish and portuguese.
MIX OF CULTURES
South America was created by a mix of cultures between the Europeans conquistadors, the indigenous natives and the African, influenced by a couple emigration waves that came later on to different countries. Thanks to this, each region has its own character, food and celebrations, and all of them are worth taking a look to.
Overall, South America is an amazing continent to travel on a budget if you compare it to western prices. Although not every country in South America is cheap, you can get by for $30 a day or under in the most of them.
What to expect in South America
Every country in South America has a different currency, you would have to exchange every time you get into the territory. Some countries allow you to withdraw directly from the ATM, but not all of them. Same goes for credit cards.
Overall South America is a safe place, with the exception of some countries and certain places. Is not just the country you are traveling to but the area(s) of the country you will be visiting. Venezuela is the most dangerous of all of them, but nothing will happen to you if you go to the amazon jungle there, for example. Also be careful in Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador, the crime rate in this country is a little bit higher in comparison with the rest. Just like anywhere else you need to be alert and use your common sense.
When visit to South America, the further south you go, the more seasonal the climate is, with the latitude around Argentina and Chile experiencing hot summers and chilly winters, but the rest of the countries tend to have a tropical weather all year round.
VISA & PASSPORT
Remember that many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months (some just three months) after your arrival date before they’ll grant entry to their country. Some of them also require a VISA to enter the country depending on your nationality. Plan in advance and make sure you have everything in order.
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