Preparing To Visit South America: Everything That You Should Know

South America is one of those places that every single traveller has to visit at some point during their travels. It’s one of the most incredible places in the world as there are so many incredible countries available for you to visit and explore. A continent that offers incredible diversity, South America has no shortage of amazing places to explore; it’s difficult to imagine that just one continent would allow you to go deep into the Amazon rainforest, climb Patagonia’s snow peaks, and see the incredible wildlife that the Galapagos Islands have to offer.

 Me at Machu Picchu!

Me at Machu Picchu!

There’s no doubt about it, visiting South America while on your travels is a must, but first you have to plan it out. Now, despite the many years of travel experience that you may have, planning a trip to South America could prove more complicated than expected. This is due to a range of reasons, one of which being the fact that for some areas - more rural ones - there tends to be less information available, this can mean that a lot of research may be required.

That being said, to help make it as simple as possible for you to plan your trip to South America, below are some useful tips and pieces of advice to take note of.

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Learn the language

It’s no secret that when heading to a country on a visit, knowing the language can make life far easier and less stressful, so if you don’t already speak Spanish, it could be a good idea to consider learning it. The fact is that when it comes to learning a language it can be highly beneficail and can really imerse you in your travel experience, although admitedly it’s not easy to pick up a new language as an adult. That’s why it’s great that there are plenty of routes that you can go down when it comes to learning a language, such as watching a range of the best Spanish movies or using smartphone apps to pick up words and phrases.

 Q’eros men performing a despacho - or giving thanks to Pachamama.

Q’eros men performing a despacho - or giving thanks to Pachamama.

Ensure you have travel insurance in place

The majority of South American countries don’t have good free healthcare systems, so if you want to ensure that should you get sick you are able to seek the medical treatment that you need, that you have travel insurance in place. If something goes wrong and you end up having medical treatment when you’re not insured, you could end up with a huge debt to pay, which is why taking out travel insurance is a must.

 Cusco - Plaza de Armas

Cusco - Plaza de Armas

Join Facebook groups

When it comes to learning more about South America, you would be surprised to learn that Facebook groups tend to have a lot of knowledge available. If you take the time to search Facebook, you can find a range of travel groups that discuss various travel destinations and how to get the most out of your experience to these locations.

 A Q’eros woman weaving in the traditional way.

A Q’eros woman weaving in the traditional way.


Travel books have limited knowledge

Travel books can be a good place to start but when it comes to exploring South America, they lack a lot of knowledge. There are a wide range of sights and attractions that are a must-see but aren’t listed in any travel guide, such as the Rainbow Mountain in Peru, for instance. You will also find that by speaking to other travelers you will find out little hacks for various attractions, such as the best hike to Machu Picchu, for instance.

There you have it, everything that you need to know for your trip to South America.

Rima Danielle Jomaa

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Rima Danielle Jomaa is from Los Angeles, and now lives and works in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where she manages a hotel, restaurant, and yoga program full-time. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 82229) and has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a certified yoga instructor, and received her certification from Alexandria Crow and Heather Seiniger from YogaWorks in Pacific Palisades, California. While in private practice, Rima practices Reiki energy healing, utilizes hypnotherapy, and guides others through mindfulness and meditation. Rima gives clients the tools and skills to reclaim their health, happiness, and freedom.

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