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We’ve traveled the globe, interviewed the locals, and researched the nitty-gritty details to bring you the ultimate list of the best countries for backpacking. Browse our list, and read our in-depth guides for the most important information you’ll need as a backpacker. Get information about entry visas, weather, top sights, work-travel opportunities, tips for getting around the country, and accommodation ideas.

Backpacking Guides for 100+ Countries

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Backpacking Countries in South America

Some of the best backpacking countries can be found on the large continent of South America. From ancient ruins, to booming cities, to diverse natural beauty, there is so much to see in this part of the world. Once you get your bearings, the travel infrastructure is fairly built out and on average, most locals welcome visitors.