South America Travel Guides

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South America


South America is the world’s fourth largest continent.  It has long been a place of fascination and exploration for explorers and travellers.  Places like Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands are high on the list of ‘must see’ destinations for many people these days, often drawing more visitors than they can cope with.  It is also a popular destination for southern hemisphere skiing.


South America’s history of exploration is something that continues today with young adventure travellers.  It is a place packed with natural wonders, buzzing cities, history, and colourful and unique cultures.  It is often a stop-off on a round the world trip or gap year adventure. 


The spectacular Andes mountain range, Amazon river, rainforests, lakes and waterfalls are just a few of the reasons that people travel to see South America. 


Before booking any travel we recommend a visit to the website of the British Foreign Office (FCO) for important travel advice and information.  This is especially important as booking travel after a Foreign Office advisory against travel has gone into effect could invalidate any related claims on your travel insurance.  Visit the FCO website and their Know Before You Go campaign for updated travel advice.


Although most visits to South America are trouble-free there is always the possibility of a travel mishap of some type.  According to the FCO, those requiring consular assistance in South America included help with hospitalisations, deaths, arrests, and stolen or lost passports.  Theft often increases in tourist hotspots and around the time of major carnivals and events – when tourists tend to be targeted – so be vigilant with your property.   


It is important to be properly equipped, including appropriate clothing to ward off the bites of insects that carry diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever.  Check with your doctor well in advance of travel for advice on vaccinations.  

Medical facilities may vary throughout the country so it is very important to take out comprehensive travel insurance with adequate levels of cover for emergency medical care, to include air ambulance and medical repatriation.  Prior to treatment in some medical facilities it may be necessary to show proof of insurance or sufficient funds. 





Disclaimer: While we have tried to ensure the information in this Travel Guide is correct we do not accept responsibility for any inaccuracy or the content of external links.

Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.