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.
Three weeks in South America really isn’t a long time, so to have the best time it’s about finding the shortest route and most efficient itinerary so that you can see as much as possible. Here are 4 expertly curated three-week backpacking itineraries for South America to suit every traveller.
Ecuador is often overlooked by travellers visiting South America compared to its more desirable neighbours such as Colombia or Peru. However, backpackers who do this are missing out on 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 Galapagos Islands. Here are our 12 reasons why Ecuador is worth visiting in 2022.
Whilst the backpacker trail in South America isn’t as established as places like South-east Asia, it still has some of the best backpacker hostels in the world. Here’s a list of the best backpacker hostels across the continent of South America to inspire your next trip!
The picturesque Cotopaxi National Park and its towering volcano is a must-see when in Ecuador and should be on every backpacker’s list. The park is a beautiful untamed landscape covered in beautiful fields of wildflowers with herds of alpacas wandering aimlessly, all in front of the incredible backdrop of Cotopaxi Volcano. Here’s the complete guide to visiting Cotopaxi National Park from Quito.