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Feel the rhythm in South America, home to some of the greatest musical and dance destinations in the world!

An adventure traveller’s paradise, South America is full of exciting and fun destinations to explore. Combined with some of the most passionate people on the planet, this continent will get under your skin and have you wanting more.

South America can be roughly split into three main regions: the highlands and plateaus to the east; the Andes Mountains; and the Riverplain, which is home to the second largest river in the world, the Amazon River. South America is an adventure traveller’s dream with incredible natural wonders including rainforests, waterfalls and breathtaking mountains.

Once you’ll visit this amazing continent, it will never leave you. South America has become an addiction for many a traveller!

Sights and Activities

You will need more than a lifetime to effectively explore this amazing continent. Argentina has the magnificent Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier, and the European feeling capital of Buenos Aires. Peru is home to the Nazca Lines, the spectacular Colca Canyon, and of course, one of the most iconic places in South America, Macchu Picchu. Brazil is famous for Carnival, Copacabana Beach, and the Amazon rainforest.

For the thrill seekers, the continent provides adrenalin pumping experiences in some of the world’s most spectacular settings. There’s hiking and mountain climbing in the Andes, sandboarding in the Atacama desert, riding down steep roads by mountain bike, white water rafting and of course, amazing surfing breaks.

Soccer (or football) is almost a matter of life and death in South America. The passion that people have for their teams is infectious, and you can’t help but be caught up in all of the commotion and sometimes, chaos! Every country has their own leagues, but there’s nothing like immersing yourself in one of the local derbies, such as River Plate versus Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, or Flamengo versus Fluminense in Rio de Janiero.

Getting Around

South America, especially Argentina and Chile, has a very good domestic and international bus network which includes a modern fleet of world class people movers. There are even business class seats available on some services, called ‘coche cama’ (which literally means ‘bed seat’). The seats fully recline to the horizontal position and it’s worth paying a few extra pesos for the added comfort and service levels. Overnight buses are a great way to combine your transport and accommodation.

Otherwise, you may need to book some flights to cover large areas in an efficient manner. Each country has their own national airline and flights all over the continent are regular, especially between the main centres.

Useful phrases to know in South America

Learning some basic Spanish and Portuguese will help you interact with the locals on a level that will bring you some great experiences.

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Visitors to South America are also advised to use common sense and caution while travelling to avoid the potential risks.

Being a smart traveller by getting vaccinated before you leave Australia and by taking precautions to minimise the risk of illness, accident or theft while overseas can help improve the chances of your trip to South America being memorable for all the right reasons. However, some things are outside even the most cautious traveller's control; ensuring you have adequate travel insurance is an essential way to minimise the costs of an illness or misadventure in South America.

Whether you have to change your travel plans for health reasons, have your new camera stolen or even suffer an injury that requires medical evacuation, Allianz Travel Insurance can help minimise the financial impact. Allianz offers Basic Travel Insurance, Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Multi Trip Travel Insurance for your trip overseas. Get a quote from Allianz today!

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