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Questions tagged [south-america]

The continent south of Central America, having Colombia as the northernmost country. Prefer more specific regional tags where relevant, for example: [amazon-jungle], [machu-picchu], [patagonia], [pantanal], [salar-de-uyuni]

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Is wearing a keffiyeh as a scarf in South America inapproriate?

I am planning on taking my keffiyeh (a patterend black-white square scarf, commonly used as head cover in the Middle East) on my trip to Chile, Bolivia and Peru to wear it as a scarf while hiking in ...
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Will I be issued all my Boarding Passes at the Airport from GOL and KLM?

I am currently in Montevideo and will be returning back to Germany tomorrow. The Flight between Montevideo to Sao Paolo is operated by GOL Linheas Aereas and from Sao Paolo to Amsterdam is by KLM. ...
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SIM cards in South America, which are the most reliable ones? [closed]

I know that this sounds very subjective but I don't know how to put it different: I will be travel in South America for few months, with an average timespan of 2 weeks in each of this countries: ...
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Best way to travel from Peru to Ecuador

I was trying to find a way to travel from Peru to Ecuador around the beginning of March 2019. I will be in Lima and trying to get to Ecuador, doesn't matter exactly where so it could be Guayaquil, ...
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Coca leaves - legal status in Spain

A man who imported 2kg of coca leaf powder was freed from the accused charge of drug trafficking by a court in Spain: https://www.tni.org/en/article/absolution-in-a-judicial-case-of-coca-leaf-in-...
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Traveling from Colombia to Brazil - do I need yellow fever vaccination?

So I’m in kind of a difficult situation. I just realised that I might need proof of having had the yellow fever vaccination to get into Brazil. I’m leaving to Brazil in 4 days and I am planning on ...
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Daily budget for backpacking in South America [closed]

I'm going backpacking in South America for 4 months (Jan-Apr 2019) and I will pass through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Has anyone been backpacking on a budget in these ...
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How to travel across South America? [closed]

As I know, there are no low cost airlines in South America. In Europe or in Asia you fly to another country for relatively low price. What's the most convenient/cheapest options to travel between ...
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Buying a car in Mexico as a non-resident

I'm planning to go to Mexico this winter, buy a cheap used car/van and start going south. The intinerary is not really strict, thought I'd cross different countries (perhaps I'll reach Chile?). What ...
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Colombia travel visa for Indian citizen already having Schengen Visa

Since Colombian embassy's (in Germany as well as in India) website is in Spanish, I am not able to gather the information needed. I need to know if an Indian national, who already has Schengen Visa (...
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Why is air travel between South American countries so expensive?

I checked the price to travel around South American countries (Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, etc) but it is insanely expensive, often taking over $500 to fly to other countries. ...
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Traveling to Chile with new iPhone (still sealed in box) - Will I have problems?

I am traveling from the USA to Santiago, Chile next week bringing a new sealed iPhone 7 for my husband. I am wondering if it's possible for me to bring it as is (in this case, unopened sealed box), or ...
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Any way of knowing if hostel will be busy in advance? [closed]

I'm traveling through South America for 6 months. I'm now in week 2 of my trip and 3rd hostel. I've met some people in the hostels but only one or two. They all have good reviews online but are fairly ...
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Getting from Buenos Aires to Bogota [closed]

My partner and I have purchased cheap return tickets flying in and out of Buenos Aires, Argentina 6 months apart. We are planning on travelling south from Colombia to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile ...
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Medical travel Insurance for Ecuador

My wife and I are retired and intend to travel for 1 year across Latin and South America on a limited budget. We are USA Citizens, but USA Med Travel Insurance is too expensive. Is it possible to ...
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Public bus from Salta to Los Castillos

I plan to do a day trip from Salta to Los Castillos, not a big fan of the wine, so I don't really want to go further to Cafeyate town. As far as I see, there are several buses from Salta to Cafeyate ...
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Public bus from Oruro to Sajama National Park [closed]

I'm planning to go from Oruro to Sajama NP. The best option is to take a bus from Oruro to Arica and ask the driver to drop me off in Chungara-Tambo Quemado at Bolivia-Chile border(Bolivia side), then ...
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Public transportation from La Paz to Mt. Chacaltaya

I read in wikitravel "In summer (rainy season, ski season), there might be a bus on weekends when/if the ski lift operate. In winter only, there are combined tours of Chacaltaya and Valle de la Luna ...
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Is cheek kissing appropriate when being introduced to a woman in Latin America?

In Southern Europe it is common to give two kisses (one in each cheek) when being introduced to a woman. So when woman A meets person B (no matter if B is a he or a she), they will kiss in almost all ...
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Prepaid SIM cards in Argentina — expiration and roaming?

For my last several visits to Argentina, I've bought a SIM card and charged it as needed for data only for my cell. I have a Movistar SIM from my trip in February. 1) Do these expire? Can I ...
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Direct flights between SE/E Asia and South America

Flights between South America and East Asia are very time consuming and expensive; they generally require a connection in Europe or North America, numerous connections, and long layovers. Every year ...
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Travel from India to Caribbean or South America

How can someone from with Indian passport come to Jamaica without dealing with a transit visa? We applied for a transit visa through Canada but were denied. We are open to traveling to Jamaica or ...
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Is Freight Train hopping possible in South-America? [closed]

Has anyone ever done it? Do you know anything about the cargo-train system in those countrys? Im not looking for specific countrys. I couldnt find anything about that in south-america. only usa.
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Are there any transatlantic car ferries from Europe to North/South America?

Can I drive onto a ferry from anywhere in Europe and drive off in America either north or south? It is something that me and my partner have wanted to do but we are unsure if this is even possible? ...
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Vaccinations before visiting South America?

I am thinking about traveling to South America this Autumn. I don't know which countries I will visit but I know it will be several of them and I will stay there for 1 or 2 months. Do I need or ...
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Is being stopped and asked for travel documents common in South America?

I was walking in Colombia in a street in Bogota when I got stopped by a policewoman. She asked me for my travel documents. I only had my drivers licence with me because I don't like taking my passport ...
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Remote Working While Travelling - Visa Requirements?

I am considering leaving my day job to concentrate on setting up my own business. As my business is online based, I can work from anywhere and do not need a physical office. As such, I'm considering ...
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Is there a good and objective resource online about Zika virus?

I am planning to travel to Brasil in the coming months. In principle I am not worried, but I've been hearing so many stories about the virus that I am not sure any more about what is going on. As far ...
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How to avoid the contact with the mosquito that carries Zika Virus in Tropical countries

I'm planning to go to South America in the next month. Some countries like Brazil are preparing a campaign to control the mosquito to start in March. I think it is a late reaction. My biggest ...
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Cheap one-way flight from Europe to South America? [closed]

Very flexible long time traveler but not very familiar with the cheap routes between Europe and South America. Would be happy to learn about flight routes (from/to airport), airlines, times of year ...
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Amazon forest in Colombia [closed]

I will be in Colombia for the first 2 weeks in March and want to visit the Amazon rain forest for sure. I want to take out 3-4 days for it. I will be in Bogota and will probably choose a flight to ...
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How can I extract my automatically transferred luggage at a connection? [duplicate]

My luggage is set to automatically transfer from: -Rio - Sao Paulo (LAN) -Sao Paulo - Bogota (LAN) -Bogota - Caracas (COPA) I'd like to get it out at Bogota, as I have left some non-vital ...
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Is it possible to travel from North America to South America via train, excluding the Darién gap?

Excluding the Darién Gap (which you'd have to take a ferry across), is it possible to travel from, say, New York, NY to Buenos Aires, Argentina via train?
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Buying and insuring a car in the US for a roadtrip

I'm a 19 year old UK resident, I'd like to buy a car in America and roadtrip for 6 months, would I be able to get insured on a van and for under $2000 ? I'm travelling through America from California ...
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Is there a Sim Card with reasonably priced local calls working across South America?

I'll be traveling across South America for a month. I'd like to buy a local-ish prepaid sim card upon arrival that I could use for local calls and casual internet access using my smartphone. I have a ...
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British citizen, why does my South-African wife need a visa to visit me in the UK?

My wife is South African, why does she need a visa to visit me in the UK? I am English, born and bred.
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Travelling through Ecuador by train [closed]

I saw a documentary about tren ecuador and was so fascinated that I decided to add this to my itinerary when I travel to South America later this year. A little research showed that this company ...
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Present for bicycle traveler [closed]

A friend of mine is about to go on a one person multi month trip with his bicycle through South America. Before he leaves, we want to give him a present for his upcoming birthday. The straight forward ...
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Phone SIM Card for multiple countries

I have family members traveling through the following countries over the next couple of weeks: Brasil Argentina Chile Peru Mexico Considering that they're spending 4-6 days in each country, they ...
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Crossing the Atlantic by sailing boat, South America to Europe

For a while now I was harbouring the idea to cross the Atlantic not by plane but by any sort of oceangoing transport, in an attempt to travel slowly, reflect upon my time in South America and getting ...
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What should I do to stay safe if my flight arrives late at night?

As I was planning my trip using both my guidebooks, I came across the "Health" and "Safety" sections, only to end up very nervous for my trip to Bolivia. Both guidebooks explicitly state, "La Paz is ...
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Accommodation in South America - book here or just rock up and find there?

So with some places like South East Asia, generally accommodation is really simple - you basically just need to rock up and there's enough people trying to drag you to their hotel. With Europe and ...
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Buy bus ticket on line for use between Paraguay and Argentina

I want to book a bus ticket on line from Asuncion Paraguay to Resistencia Argentina - is there a web site with English to do so
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Is 6 weeks long enough to go from Lima, Peru to Buenos Aires?

So I'm thinking about booking an open jaw ticket, landing in Lima and overland going through Bolivia through Brazil to Uquara falls and then fly out from Buenos Aires. It's my first time in Sth ...
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What are some safe places to travel in South America? [closed]

So for our honeymoon, we're thinking about heading to South America for about 6 weeks. We're outdoorsy people and we're active but as I'm travelling with my wife, I don't really want to go anywhere ...
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How much is a boat trip from Venezuela to Trinidad?

I want to go from Venezuela (Guiria) to Trinidad by boat. Unfortunately I can't find any detailed information about prices and so on. The only thing I could find is that the boat leaves from Guiria in ...
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What is used in South America to search flights? (something like Kayak, etc)?

What is used in South America (for example Chile) to search flights? I am looking for something similar to Kayak, cheaponair, but I want to know the most popular site there. I need to find a good ...
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What kind of 'proof of onward travel' do I need for Brazil? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a one way ticket from Frankfurt, Germany to Salvador, Brazil with low cost carrier Condor. I am a Belgian citizen and don't need a visa for Brazil (or any South American country ...
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Where can I purchase anti venoms?

I'm going to be visiting South America next year, and doing a lot of jungle exploration. I'm thinking I need anti-venoms for the most lethal insects and reptiles. I'm in Kentucky now. I'm leaving ...
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What are typical internet connection speeds in Colombia?

The answers will have to differ for internet cafés/hostels versus flats. I'm interested in both answers.