Travelling through South America
South America is home to the world’s largest remaining rainforest, driest desert, longest river, and some of the highest waterfalls. In amongst natural splendour you’ll find large urban centres where millions live in poverty and billionaires live in walled compounds: South America is — to abuse a cliché — ripe with contrasts.
For the independent traveller, there are adventures to be had with even the popular destinations still having an element of uncertainty about them. Things tend to open and shut on their own schedule, and that’s not necessarily the one that’s hanging on the door.
While you can get by with English in the tourist zones, we highly recommend you learn some Spanish before you go (or while travelling) to really get the most out of this amazing region.
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As a solo female traveller visiting South America for the first time, Santiago, Chile is a very good place to start.
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Get away from the crowds and the noise of Buenos Aires with these three easy day trips to Tigre, San Isidro, and Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
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A visit to the Iguaçu Falls is a must on many travellers’ itinerary of South America. And for good reason – they are incredible. You can view the falls from both Brazil and Argentina, and each side provides quite a different experience.