Ok. We understand that in terms of anticipation you would rather spend hours browsing South America travel blogs or secretly take a look through Google Maps at the highlights that you are going to visit, but we would still like to give you some useful tips to ensure that you will be able to enjoy all that beauty in the future. After all, a warned person counts for two; right?
Make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of six months upon arrival in South America. We will of course help you to remember that! Also good to know: you do not need a visa if you stay in South America for a maximum of 90 days.
It is useful (but also fun) to learn some basic Spanish sentences to make your stay more interesting. For example, learn the sentence with which you can ask for the bill or to be able to conduct basic social conversations a little by heart.
Numerous packing lists are circulating online. As far as we are concerned, especially your camera is indispensable! You will see so many unique landscapes and treasures that it is nice if you can see them again when you return home. A hammam towel is also practical; light, dries quickly and can be used for multiple purposes.
Money, money, money
The rules for giving tips vary from country to country. In Argentina, it is customary in restaurants, cafes, taxi drivers and other service providers to give a 10% tip. In Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Brazil, with no tips in restaurants and cafes, but rounding up amounts is of course appreciated all over the world. You agree a price with taxi drivers in advance, they don’t expect a tip either. After making a draw you will give the guide, porters and cook a tip.