South America is an incredible continent with 12 countries, all with their own unique climates, cultures, and wonders to explore. Travelling through this epic continent is a must for backpackers and you’ll be treated to endless amounts of adrenaline activities, insane hikes, UNESCO heritage sights and untouched natural beauty. Here are 20 great reasons why South America is well worth travelling and why you must make it your next backpacking trip!
Montañita is the surf and party capital of Ecuador. It draws in travellers and locals alike looking for good swells and beachside dance floors that stay open late into the night. It’s not all just surfing and boozing though, and the town has a lot more on offer from immersive language schools to tranquil yoga retreats. Here’s a list of 10 great reasons why Montañita is well worth visiting.
The Galápagos Islands aren’t a common backpacker destination due to how expensive they can be. A week-long trip can cost an entire month’s budget for a backpacker. Don’t stress though, because there’s a way to visit and have a great time without breaking the bank. Here are our best tips for visiting the Galápagos Islands on a backpacker budget.
Cusco and the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu are the highlight of backpackers trips to Peru. You want to make sure your time in the city and visit to the site are effortless and there are several different ways you can approach it. If you are struggling to work out how many days you need in Cusco then here are 4 expertly planned itineraries to suit every backpacker.
Whether it’s sticking to the city and enjoying the picturesque cobble stone streets and 19th century architecture or escaping out beyond the city walls to explore Colca Canyon or Misti Volcano – there’s something for every type of backpacker to do in Arequipa. Here’s 12 great reasons why Arequipa is well worth visiting.
Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, reaching a depth of 3,400m at its lowest point – almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! Trekking is the most popular option to visit the canyon but if you don’t have the best hiking legs or you suffer from altitude sickness, then there are alternative options. Here are the 3 best ways to visit Colca Canyon that will suit every type of backpacker.
Peru, Bolivia, and Chile are three of the easiest countries to backpack through in South America and moving between each one is simple and cheap! You will see so much as well from dusty deserts in Peru, to the bright whites of Bolivia’s salt flats, to the pristine nature of Chile’s national parks. Here is the perfect 1-month backpacking itinerary for Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
With over 25,000km of coastline, South America has hundreds of beaches to choose from. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil all have long stretches of beach and each country offers something a little different – with surf focused beaches in Peru and Ecuador, to golden sand, sun bathing beaches in Brazil. What all of them have in common though, is that they are great places to find a party so keep reading to see the 8 best party beaches in South America.
Peru is one of the most popular countries for backpackers when visiting South America. Travellers flock to Peru for a country full of incredible natural scenery from volcanoes to cloud forests, a diverse and celebrated indigenous culture, and let’s not forget – the incredible Machu Picchu. Peru has so much to offer for backpackers but if you are still unsure here are our 12 reasons why Peru is worth visiting in 2022.
So, you have two months to see the highlights of the incredible continent of South America – but with over 10 countries to choose from it can be hard to decide where to go and what route to follow. That’s why we’ve outlined out a simple but effective two-month South America itinerary that takes you through three countries, perfect for budget backpackers.