10 reasons to travel to South AmericaFriday, March 31, 2017
As if you really needed ten whole reasons, but after spending over three months on the continent it would be rude not to summaries the joys of South America in a top ten list. Whether you're hitting the North or South, like the jungle or the coast South America has it all. Here's why you should travel to South America.
Here's the top 10 reasons you should travel to South America right now
10. The transport in South America
The transport in South America could feature on many lists, I'd also be unashamed to admit that if I wrote a list on reasons not to visit South America transport would definitely make that list too. With chicken buses, mini buses, taxis to tuk tuks every journey in South America becomes an adventure. From flying in Colombia to pimped out tuk tuks with makeshift sound systems on the Peruvian coast. From overnight busses to rogue boat rides to islands far from shore you'll be surprised at all the weird and wonderful ways you can get around in South America.
9. Views for days - Landscapes and more in South America
The ever changing landscapes of South America. One day you'll find yourself on the coast, the next in the jungle and somewhere in between you have spent a night at an Altitude 3,000 meters above sea level. The picturesque landscapes of South America offer an endless series of exploration and photography. I never expected to find myself in a Peruvian desert or on the shores of a man made lake named Guatapè but I did all within the space of a few weeks. The climate changes as quickly as the landscapes but that's simply the joy of this vast continents ecosystems.
8. The Pacific Coast of South America
I'm not a surfer but at sunset, along the Peruvian coast I struggled not to admire the surf and surfers. If you like surfing or surfers the Pacific Coast of South America is your Mecca. From Ecuador through to Peru the coastal towns are a plenty and the goodtime beach bar vibes are many. Watch out for the waves and the dangerous rip tides but enjoy the atmosphere that rolls in with each Pacific Coast swell.
7. The people of South America
It almost goes without saying but the people you meet along your way shape your trip. The vibrant cultures and communities throughout South America make any tricky situation or travel disaster worth while. The welcoming arms of indigenous families and the hospitality of every locally run business is the bloodline that runs through South America from North to South. The Latin traditions you experience from the beaches of Cartagena Colombia to the highest heights of El Alto, Bolivia leave a fond lasting memory in any travellers mind. Here's to the people of South America that shape the culture and day to day life of this continent.
6. The endless possibility of adventure
If there was ever a reason for a fun-loving adrenaline junkie to visit South America the possibility of adventure should surely be it. Whether it's a dive off the Caribbean coast, a trek through the Amazon or a bike ride down Death Road in Bolivia the adventure options are endless in South America. Patagonia will make my list for my next South America trip along with a couple of the other gems we missed from this incredible continent. Iguassu falls I'm coming for you.
5. The non-South American people of South America
Whether you want to admit its a 'Gringo Route' or not, the other backpackers you meet on the road in South America are bound to leave a lasting impression. Other travellers are always readily available to offer you advice and tips on the best places to stay, the cheapest eats and any other travel hack you may need to create your perfect trip to South America. From all the tourist hot-spots to the quiet jungle towns that nobody is ever actually meant to visit, you'll be shocked if you don't come across another eager traveller looking for their own authentic and fulfilling South American adventure.
4. The wildlife in South America
Now, I've never professed myself as an animal lover but its hard to be on a continent for so long and not find yourself in awe of its diverse plant life and animal life. Please note I do not include the abundance of wild dogs in this list. But South America is a haven for animal lovers, whether you decide to go whale watching, bird watching or even take that "once in a lifetime trip" to The Galapagos Islands, South America has it all. Especially with it being home to The Amazon.
3. The Latin culture & history
The culture, the colours, the music and the atmosphere. Need I say more? That unstoppable Latin energy that pulsates through the continent like a soundtrack is enough to captivate anyone. Upon arrival you'll capture the full spirit of South America instantly as you are swept up in a flurry of exotic sounds, smells, flavours and feelings. Combine all that with a turbulent and mesmerising history and you may have the most intriguing continent in the world. The America's are renowned for their history and South America is no exception.
2. The food in South AmericaAlmuerzos, Menu del Dias, Passion fruit! The food in South America is a fusion dream, even for us veggies. Now, before I visited South America I was warned about the lack of options for non-meat-eaters but I was pleasantly surprised at the vast choice of Vegetarian options and often even Vegan options. In the more authentic local eateries you'll struggle to eat Vegan but in the more established restaurants you'll find a dish for all. Most Almuerzos (lunch) include either pasta or rice and meat, Veggies and Vegans ask for no meat and add veg or salad instead.
1. The cost of visiting South America
South America is very accommodating of all budgets! If you are looking for luxury there are enough options at a low cost to travel forever. If you're on a budget trip you'll be pleased to know that everything in South America comes at a reasonable price. Sleeping is your biggest expense but when dorms range from $5-$15 and your average private room costs anywhere between $15-$50 a night you've got the freedom of choice. Looking for a pool? How about a beach side cabana? Maybe camping is more your style, all this and more is well within an average daily budget of $60-$100 for two people.