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.
Picking the right hostel based on your desired activities is crucial to having the best time whilst travelling so here are the 10 best backpacker hostels in Quito, Ecuador.
With low costs compared to its South American neighbours and beautiful sights from the Amazon to the Uyuni Salt Flats, travelling through Bolivia is a great choice for budget backpackers. One month is also a great amount of time to get off the beaten track and see some of Bolivia’s hidden gems. Continue reading to see this ideal one-month Bolivia backpacking itinerary and route.
If you are planning a short trip to South America, then obviously the two places at the top of everyone’s list to visit are the beautiful Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and the mysterious Machu Picchu in Peru. Here’s a fully planned 2 Week Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu itinerary to help you to see both.
The Quilotoa Crater is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ecuador. The two best options for seeing it include the epic 3-day self-guided trek known as the Quilotoa Loop or visiting the crater on a day trip from Quito. Here’s a simple breakdown of the cost, timings and advantages and disadvantages of both so you can decide which works best for you.
With easy border crossings and good transport links between all three, travelling through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina is a fun and easy option for backpackers. There are lots of different routes to take depending on the country you start in, so continue reading to see the best Bolivia, Chile and Argentina travel itineraries and routes.
The driest desert in the world is also home to some of the most beautiful, unimaginable sights in the whole of South America from powerful geysers to crystal clear salt lagoons. Here is the perfect 4-day itinerary for exploring the Atacama Desert.
Backpacking South America is a fantastic experience, and your money goes a long way compared to places like Europe. Here’s a simple breakdown of how much money you should budget and aim to spend for a month backpacking in South America.
Famous for its sprawling indigenous market, Otavalo is also a perfect base for the popular hike around the stunning crater lake, Laguna Cuicocha. Continuing reading for the best things to do in Otavalo along with a useful city guide on where to stay and eat.