There are a lot of things to keep in mind before you head for someplace new. Whether it’s a beach stay in Thailand or a South America tour, it’s a good idea to learn a bit about the place you’re headed for. Now, it might seem rather overwhelming to have to learn so many things, but once you get there, you’ll find the effort worthwhile.
Here’s some tips for travelling in South America.
Just as planned.
South America is a place full of wonders. In a funny way, it quite literally has wonders; two of the New Seven Wonders of the World, in fact: the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, and Machu Picchu in Peru. The continent’s pretty big, though, with 12 countries, meaning you have to plan your trip in order to get the most out of it.
Speak like the locals.
Portuguese and Spanish are the two most common languages in Southern America, meaning that it’s a good idea to brush up on them. You don’t need to be fluent like the locals, as knowing just some of the basic phrases and words will help a lot in your trip. Even just learning how to say “I don’t speak Spanish or Portuguese” in either language can work wonders.
Become one of the locals.
South America is a continent of culture, with several major powers like the Inca Empire leaving their mark on the continent. The continent also has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so there’ll be no issues with your South America tour, in terms of things to experience. But more than archaeological sites and history, culture is also in the food and the drink. Make no mistake, South America is a place full of flavour and fun, with many restaurants and bars for the food connoisseur.
Pack smart, and have duplicates ready.
South America, as we’ve mentioned before, is full of diverse landscapes and climates, so you need to plan for your trip. You also need to carefully consider what you’re going to be taking with you, from clothes to toiletries to key documents. Have the latter properly organized and duplicated in case something goes awry. For the former two, take note of which country you’ll be in; for example, Patagonia is known for having weather that changes at the drop of a hat.