Plan my trip to South America
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South America is made up of the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
South America offers diverse landscapes from green lush rainforests to year round dry deserts, yet it is the people and their history that draws many to visit this incredible and inspirational continent.
To see what South America offers, check out some of these great videos
When to go to South America
South America has a variety of seasons depending on the country.
Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and the Amazon are busy from Jun – August and during Carnival, Easter and Christmas.
Brazil, Chile, Galapagos and Patagonia are busy from Dec – Mar.
The best months to visit South America vary for each country. Look at South America Travel’s suggested Best Time to Travel
To decide when to go, it’s a good idea to check the South America weather, South America public holidays and South America School Holidays.
How long to go to South America for
Plan to go to South America for at least 3-4 weeks minimum, this will give you time to really experience a country or area.
For longer stays, consider visiting a number of South America countries.
For trip planning information for South America look at South America General Info or browse the online South America travel brochures and check out the South America travel guide (takes time to load).
Places to visit in South America
Choosing which South American country to visit can be difficult. Some popular options are Peru (Inca Trail), Ecuador (Quito), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). Try these suggested itineraries for South America.
Map of South America – Links to each South American Country Tourism Office
Top 8 South America Destinations
For more detailed information, discover the most popular destinations for South America
Entry information – Passport and Visa Rules for South America
To enter any South American country you will need a valid Passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity).
For entry requirements for South America and documentation check the Visa and Passport information and Project Visa
How to get to South America
International flights operate into/out of South America from Africa, Australia, Middle East, North America, UK and Europe.
The major international airports of South America are
Peru – Lima, Chile – Santiago, Ecuador – Quito,
Brazil – Sao Paulo, Rio De Janiero, Argentina – Buenos Aires,
Paraguay – Asuncion , Uruguay – Montevideo
Cruises operate to/from a number of select South America ports including Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Stanley, Lima, Puerto Montt, Rio De Janerio, Santos (Sao Paulo), Ushuaia from Uk Europe, USA, Australia, South Pacific Islands.
How to get around South America
South America is serviced by a number of airlines, cruises and ferries, you can also hire a car or obtain public transport. You can check which options are available here for your chosen South America Country.
What to see and do in South America
South America is ideal for bloggers, writers and travellers and inspires them to find the best options for travellers. Here are the Top Blogs and Free things to do in South America.
Sightseeing, Day Tours, Extended Tours, Volunteer South America
South America offers a range of sightseeing and attractions. Hike through rainforests, snorkel off the reefs…or volunteer. Plan what to see and do in the South America with plenty of Sightseeing/Attractions, Day Touring or Extended Tour options.
Ideas for Places to Stay South America
There are numerous places to stay in South America, from Budget backpacking to Luxury resorts and Villas. Consider the type of accommodation you would like in Where to stay in South America, or if you just need a Hostel, Hotel or Resort look at Accommodation options for South America to find plenty of ideas. For those seeking something different, try Traditional or Unique South America Accommodation.
How much to Budget For South America
To work out what to budget for, have a look at the average cost of living in South America.
Security, Health and Vaccinations, Driving Rules South America
Check important information on Travel Security, Health and Vaccinations and Driving overseas.
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