South America, most definitely is an exotic traveller’s paradise because of its landscape, history and culture. There’s so much to explore in South America that even a whole month isn’t enough to travel to every place. If you are travelling to South America, however, you need to get certain things very clear in your head.
This isn’t a hitchhiking trip in Europe where you can relax and still cover a lot in a short time. Considering the vast size of the continent, there’s plenty of things to do or see, and that can be overwhelming for many people. But there’s no need to sweat over it because it’s by making these mistakes in your travels that you will learn so many things.
If you are travelling to South America, there are things which you simply can’t do. These things are:-
Losing the debit card
This is kind of obvious, but still, there are many travellers who misplace their debit cards while travelling. If you are travelling to South America, you should have enough cash to suffice your needs. If you run out of cash, you are in for a lot of trouble because contrary to what you might think, finding ATM counters in South America isn’t as easy as in other parts of the world. More often than not, the nearest ATM will be several km away. Also, not every place will accept credit cards, and even if they do, you will be charged a heavy surcharge.
Visiting way too many places
Compared to Europe where countries are usually close to each other and small in size, it’s entirely different in South America. If you are planning a South America tour for a week and you think that you can cover 5-6 countries, you are underestimating a lot. Just by looking at South America’s map, you will come to know how far one country is from one another. Even can’t even cover the whole of Brazil and Argentina in a week; let alone the whole of South America.
Not taking proper measures for hiking
No matter in which part of the world you’ve hiked on, things will be completely different in South America. If you have never gone on a trek and you think that you are going to start in South America, you are in for a lot of trouble because you’ll have to hike in extremely harsh conditions which are unsuitable for first-time trekkers. Precisely for this reason, it would be a huge mistake not to take enough safety measures while trekking. Also, it is extremely important that you hire a guided tour while travelling.
Ignoring the advice from locals
No matter how many travel journals you’ve mugged or Vlogs you’ve watched, at the end of the day, you can’t predict what’s going to happen on your travels. If you are travelling to South America for the first time, it is very important to pay heed to what the locals have to say. They have a better knowledge of the terrain, and if they are asking you not to go to a certain place, you should listen to it. So these are some of the things which you should keep in mind while travelling to South America.