Backpacking South America
South America is home to many well-trodden backpacking trails, but there is still so much to discover. 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, making it easy to go backpacking in South America.
Nevertheless, the diversity and pure expanse of South America can also make it disorienting for travellers. Our country guides go into detail, but there are a few key Apps and websites that will make for a smooth trip while backpacking in South America.
How to Travel Around South America
Most budget travel in South America is through regional long-distance buses. They range in comfort, some actually have fully reclining seats or even full beds. The distances can be enormous and if you want to take a flight, Skyscanner is a great site to find cheap flights.
Budget Accommodation in South America
CouchSurfing is a great community that connects local hosts with travellers. HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in South America, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. And Booking.com has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation while backpacking South America.
Unique Activities in South America
Get your Guide is a popular site in South America to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or just to get ideas what to do during your backpacking trip. Viator is another similar activity and tour search website.
And for those backpacking South America alone who want to join a small group tour, or for adventure activities which require a guide, G Adventures is highly recommended.
Backpacker Travel Insurance for South America
As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance for your backpacking trip to South America. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet & Contiki.
South America Backpacking Guides
For more detailed information about backpacking in South America, check out our free country guides. Find information about visa requirements, backpacking jobs, volunteer opportunities in South America, things to do, and health and safety information.
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