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.
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
Learning some basic Spanish and Portuguese will help you
interact with the locals on a level that will bring you some great experiences.
- Hola - ‘Hello’ in Spanish
- Gracias - ‘Thank you’ in Spanish
- Obrigado - ‘Thank you’ in Portuguese
- Dom dia - ‘Good morning’ in Portuguese
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
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