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Cheapest South American Countries to Visit

Knowing the cheapest countries in South America can really help you to plan your trip and work out your budget. In this article, we compare prices of the essentials and catch up with our community to find out the cheapest country in South America to backpack.

13 Unmissable Hikes in Peru

13 Unmissable Hikes in Peru

Peru is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. if you’re looking for trekking inspiration, these hikes in Peru offer world-class scenery and an adventure you’ll never forget.

What are the best anti-theft backpacks for travellers?

The Best Anti-Theft Backpacks for Travellers

Safety is important when you travel. With more bags claiming to be theft-proof than ever, we dive into the best anti-theft backpack recommendations to work out what is best for a backpacking trip around South America!

21 Fun Facts About Argentina

21 Fun Facts About Argentina

Did you know, Argentina’s national sport is not football but pato?! This article is full of facts about Argentina you may not know..

Places to Visit in Peru

15 Amazing Places to Visit in Peru

Looking for places to visit in Peru? Look no further! Our list compiles the top destinations in the country, from world-class attractions to off the beaten track gems!

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Which Countries in South America Speak Spanish?

There are nine Spanish speaking countries in South America which is great for backpackers on longer trips. A basic grasp of the language is bound to help you as you backpack your way around the continent!

Unmissable Places to Visit in Ecuador

Unmissable Places to Visit in Ecuador

Heading to Ecuador and looking for the best places to visit? You’re in the right place! From the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands to the varied mainland, Ecuador has something for all travellers!

South American dances

10 Beautiful Dances from South America

South America is alive with dance and each country has its own famous style. Whether you’re a samba fan or prefer to get lost watching the tango, we guarantee that you’ll be captivated by these South American dances.

Is Colombia Safe to Travel?

Is Colombia Safe to Travel?

Is Colombia safe to travel? It is a question we get asked a lot, especially by solo travellers. Generally, the answer is yes but Colombia is still a country where you have to remain vigilant. Here are our top tips for staying safe.

Peruvian fruit

Delicious Fruits From Peru You Should Try!

When it comes to unique tastes, visitors should not miss sampling a variety of Peruvian fruit. With sweet treats and sour citrus options, you’re bound to find something refreshing!

20 Spectacular National Parks in South America

20 Spectacular National Parks in South America

South America is home to 300 national parks, all beautiful and breathtakingly unique. To help you decide which of these you want to visit first, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites

Cerro Kennedy, Colombia: DIY Trekking Guide

Cerro Kennedy, Colombia: DIY Trekking Guide

A remote spot that provides amazing views of the highest mountains in the country on the one side and the Caribbean coast on the other. If you love hiking, the mountains and camping, this is your perfect two-day adventure!

24 Best Spanish Movies on Netflix

24 Best Spanish Movies on Netflix

Heading to South America and want to brush up on your Spanish? Watching Spanish movies is a great way to hone your language skills.

Bolivian Food: South America’s Overlooked Cuisine

Bolivian Food: 22 Must-Try Dishes!

Whilst Bolivian food is less known than that of its neighbours, there are still plenty of delicious dishes and snacks that you must try!

Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Vine That is Luring Backpackers to Peru

Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Vine That is Luring Backpackers to Peru

There’s a powerful and sacred plant that has been used by shamans in the jungles of South America for thousands of years. Due to its perceived spiritual powers, backpackers from all over the world have been traveling to remote communities to experience special ‘ceremonies’ deep in the heart of the jungle.

Biking the Unforgettable Ruta de las Cascadas in Baños, Ecuador

Biking Ruta de las Cascadas in Baños, Ecuador

Baños, Ecuador is the ultimate destination for adventure lovers, with an activity for every budget and adrenaline level. One thing you can’t miss in the area is biking the Ruta de Las Cascadas, or the Waterfall Route. The path follows the road from Baños to the town of Puyo, along the Río Pastaza canyon. The route leads you past 7 waterfalls, culminating in the mighty Pailón del Diablo, or Devil’s Cauldron.

11 Mouth-Watering Peruvian Drinks

11 Mouth-Watering Peruvian Drinks

The Pisco Sour might be Peru’s national drink but there is far more to the country’s drink scene than that! Here are our pick of the top Peruvian drinks that you can’t live the country without trying!

Explore More: A visit to Uros, Amantaní and Taquile Islands, Peru

Lake Titicaca Tours, Peru: A visit to Uros, Amantaní and Taquile

Whilst most travellers head to the floating islands from Puno, there is far more to see. Explore Taquile on foot and stay in a homestay on Amantaní island! This tour offers an authentic look at the culture and the lives of those living off the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Yerba Mate: South America’s Most Social Drink

Yerba Mate: South America’s Most Social Drink

Drinking yerba mate is a social and cultural ritual with a long history throughout South America. With so many rules to remember, it is easy to screw up. Read on for everything you need to know about mate!

Peruvian Foods That You NEED to Try!

Top 23 Peruvian Foods That You NEED to Try!

A foodies paradise! Peru is celebrated as having one of the most exciting gastronomical scenes in the world. And the best news for backpackers is that it’s cheap, not restricted to fancy restaurants and there is a huge variety of healthy, delicious dishes that could having you trying something new every day of your trip!

Machu Picchu In The Clouds

How To Reach Machu Picchu – 8 Options to Suit Every Budget!

There are several well-known ways to travel to Machu Picchu; the Inca Trail which will set you back over $600 USD, or the more ‘backpacker-friendly’ Salcantay Trek or Inca Jungle Adventure Trek (around $225 USD). But what if your budget doesn’t stretch to tailored treks and expensive tourist transportation? How can you visit the world famous UNESCO World Heritage site whilst spending as little as $70 USD including all of your transport and accommodation? Here’s how…

Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru!

Sandboarding & Sand Skiing in Huacachina, Peru

Sanboarding is a must do activity in Huacachina but did you also know you can sand ski there? Our writers went to check out both of these adventure activities. But how did they measure up? Is this backpacker rite of passage worth the hype?

Llama at Machu Picchu

20 Amazing South American Animals

South America is full of majestic, dangerous and outright bonkers animals. Here are some of our favourites! How many have you seen?!

Swimming with Sea Lions at Palomino Island, Peru

Swimming with sea lions at Palomino Island in Peru is a great activity for backpackers. It is cheaper than a trip to the Galapagos and promises unforgettable memories. Here is everything you need to know about this unforgettable activity close to Lima!

Top South American Drinks to Try on Your Trip!

Top South American Drinks to Try on Your Trip!

Soda the flavor of bubble gum. Tea made out of the highly controversial coca plant. Strong local spirits flavored with Anise. Find yourself thirsty in South America and you’ve clearly got no need to fret! We give you a list of the TOP 21 DRINKS to guzzle down!

The Origin of Ceviche: The History of Peru’s National Dish 

The Origin of Ceviche – Peru’s National Dish

Ceviche or cebiche is Peru’s most iconic dish. The origin of ceviche is hard to pinpont and regional variations appear all over Latin America. You’ve tried the dish, now learn the history behind it!

Top 18 Must Read Books For Anyone Travelling to South America

With our upcoming travels to South America a mere month away we are finding it hard to sit still and contain our overflowing excitement! One of the best fixes we have found is to read, anything connected to the land we are about to explore. We’ve been perusing the libraries, the internet, and spending all of our holiday money on Kindle downloads. Luckily we have found a lot to keep us occupied! Here are our top 18 favorite books for anyone traveling to South America.

Trekking Laguna 69 in Huaraz: A Comprehensive Guide

Trekking Laguna 69 in Huaraz, Peru

Laguna 69 is one of Peru’s most beautiful natural wonders. This magical lagoon is located at 4,600 m.a.s.l and is one of the main reasons that travellers visit Huaraz. Trek up to the lagoon for breathtaking views and decide whether to visit independently or on a day tour with the help of this article.

Best Street Food to Try in South America

The Best Street Food to Try in South America

Empanadas! Ceviche! Sopapillas! We all know that eating is one of the best parts of travel. Better yet when the food is delicious and cheap! We present our top 21 South American street food treats to sink your teeth into! Que delicioso!

Climbing Cotopaxi: Hiking Up & Biking Down!

Cotopaxi, Ecuador – Hiking & Biking Ecuador’s Famous Volcano!

Cotopaxi Volcano is Ecuador’s second largest volcano and the most popular for trekking. Climbing Cotopaxi has become somewhat of a bucket list activity for backpackers and day trips can be easily arranged from Quito. If you are taking on the almighty Cotopaxi, check out this post to help plan your hike!

Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru: A Comprehensive Guide

Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru: A Comprehensive Guide (2021)

Curious about hiking the Inca Trail, regarded as one of the world’s most iconic journeys? Tine Haslam Nielsen heads off, ready to tackle a three day trek through the Andes Mountains of Peru. With blistered feet she climbs, upwards and onwards, working towards the rewarding vistas of Machu Picchu which await at the finish line. Along the way history dances, nature stuns, and a healthy dose of self pride emerges…

Bolivia - One Month Itinerary

Bolivia Itinerary: Backpacking the Highlights!

This one month Bolivia itinerary is a great starting point for travellers looking to see the main sites in the country. Detailing the best places to stay, things to do and the suggested duration in each place, you need this itinerary if you are heading to Bolivia!

Best Gifts for Hikers 2020

The Best Gifts For Hikers: 2021 Guide

It can be hard to know what to buy for the outdoorsy person in your life. To ease your struggle, our gear guide expert Tim has compiled his ultimate gift guide for hikers, ranging from cheap stocking fillers right up to high-end presents!

South America Bus Travel: How to Survive The Trip! 

South America Bus Travel: 9 Tips to Survive The Trip! 

Night buses are a great way to get around South America. However, the journeys can be long and uncomfortable. Check out these tips for making your South America bus journeys as stress-free and pleasant as possible. And remember, never go for a number 2 on the bus!

Coffee in South America - From Beans to Cup!

Coffee in South America – From Beans to Cup!

South America produces some of the world’s best coffee and is a must-visit continent for all caffeine lovers! Learn about coffee production in South America and experience the best of the continent’s coffee without spending loads of money at overpriced gringo cafes.

The Best Travel Money Belts - Keeping Safe on the Road!

The Best Travel Money Belts – Keeping Safe on the Road!

Many backpackers in South America worry about theft and the safety of their valuables but there are plenty of money belts out there to give you peace of mind. We compare the best travel money belts in this post to help you keep your valuables protected!

Top 10 South America Road Trips

Top 10 South America Road Trips!

South America is undoubtedly one of the best places you could choose to road trip. But with so many routes, how do you pick one? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered!

The Number One Backpacker’s Question: Is South America Safe?

It seems that the question of safety when traveling to South America is quite common, probably due to the numerous media articles discussing the precarious safety situation within the region. If one looks purely at statistics, the numbers tend to corroborate the media reports. The problem is, numbers can lie. South America is a wonderful place to travel and with typical precautions you can stay safe. Here are our top safety tips to make sure that your trip is amazing!

A Taste of Bolivia with La Boca del Sapo Cooking Class

A Taste of Bolivia with La Boca del Sapo Cooking Class

Bolivia is not generally known for its gastronomy but that is something that is sure to change. During our time in Sucre, we headed out to cooking school La Boca del Sapo to create the famous Mondongo Chuquisaqueno dish.

The yard of Geko Hostal, Máncora, Peru

A Rustic Escape from the Party – Geko Hostal in Máncora, Peru

Backpackers heading to the party town of Máncora can be overwhelmed when it comes to accommodation choices. If you’re partial to a tipple but still want to get out on the waves first thing (not to mention save your pennies), head to Geko Hostal. Check out our review, here.

Your Definitive Guide to South America Visas: What Do You Need For Your Trip?

Your Definitive Guide to South America Visas: What Do You Need For Your Trip?

Every country in South America has a different rule of entry and some countries will require you to apply for a visa before you travel. Visa requirements alter regularly which can make planning for your backpacking trip hard work! To help you out, we’ve done our utmost to find out exactly what you need to know to take the stress out of planning your trip!

Le Foyer Hostel is set inside a beautiful colonial style building.

A room with a view at Le Foyer Hostel, Arequipa

For a central stay in the city of Arequipa, look no further than Le Foyer Hostel. It certainly brings in good reviews from travellers but does it live up to the hype? South America Ambassadors Sheree and Tim went to check it out!

Vaccinations for South America: Make Sure You’re Prepared!

Vaccinations for South America: Make Sure You’re Prepared!

Prepare for your next trip by researching the mandatory and recommended vaccinations for South America travel. You should allow at least a month to get your required jabs in your home country prior to jetting off. This guide will help you to work out which vaccinations you need for your adventure!

Backpackers in South America

South America Packing List – Everything You Need To Take!

With so many seasons and climates to consider, a backpacking trip around South America can be super difficult to plan for! We know this and we’ve compiled the ultimate packing list to make preparing for your backpacking trip that little bit easier!

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Kayaking Ecuador – There’s No Place Better Than Tena!

Tena is Ecuador’s hotspot for experienced and beginner kayakers alike! Keen to experience life on the river, South America Ambassadors Sheree and Tim headed to the city and arranged a taster kayak lesson with reputable company Kayak Ecuador. Read about their experience.

A Trip into the Potosí Mines, Bolivia – An Ethical Dilemma

The Bolivian city of Potosí is most known for its mining industry and the silver mines of Cerro Rico overlook the city as an ever present reminder of how this city is financed. Travellers can get a closer look at the mines on a guided tour but there are debates about whether this is ethical. Writers Sheree and Tim went to see whether this is a cause that helps or harms the industry.

Hotel Quality for Backpacker Budgets - A Review of 360 Grados Hostel, Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Review | 360 Grados Hostel, Santa Cruz

Located in the popular market street of Los Pozos, Santa Cruz, 360 Grados is a great choice for backpackers looking to explore the city. This huge hostel has all the facilities a traveller could need, including a clean, communal kitchen and hammocks on the rooftop! If you’re looking for hotel quality without the price tag then head to 360 Grados! 

A Mural Seen on the Cochabamba Bike Art Tour, Bolivia

Discover the Cochabamba Street Art Scene, Bolivia

The street art in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is truly a sight to behold. We took a bike tour around the city to learn the stories behind the incredible works that decorate the walls of Bolivia’s food capital.

A Cosy Cottage Stay at Casa Lynda, Samaipata

A Cosy Cottage Stay at Casa Lynda, Samaipata

Samaipata is a hidden gem just outside Santa Cruz. There are numerous accommodation options around but not all of them that suit a backpacker budget boast cleanliness and comfort. Backpacker Sheree went to see how Casa Lynda measured up.

Perito Moreno Glacier Argentina

The Alternative Perito Moreno Glacier Tour!

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the emblematic features of Argentinian Patagonia. Our writer Laura made sure she saw it in style! Read about her experience on the alternative tour with Patagonia Backpackers!

Tantalise your tastebuds with Cusco Culinary! 

A Taste of Peru with Cusco Culinary Cooking Class!

Peru may well be the foodie capital of South America. With so much of the continent being known for stodgy carbs and deep fried food, Peru offers a much-needed change for the traveller looking to expand their palate! This country boasts 3000 species of potato and 55 varieties of corn, surely there is no better place to do a cooking class!?

Casa Nomade, Máncora.

Casa Nomade, Máncora, Peru – The Ideal Chill Spot!

An oasis of paradise located just minutes from the sea in Peru’s beach town, Mancora, Casa Nomade is the perfect escape from the tooting of tuk tuks of town and the overzealous beach vendors. Both quiet and peaceful with beautiful green spaces, this is the ultimate home away from home!

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