What to keep in mind when planning tours to South America

South America has long amazed tourists and travellers with its myriad of natural and cultural wonders. In fact, it was named one of the top travel destinations for 2016 by Expedia. The amazing beaches, snow covered mountains, and the tropical forests are some of the highlights of the amazing natural south landscape. The rich cultural histories, red wine drinking, red meat eating, stunning night life, all will make your trip simply awesome. Simply put, if there is anything that amazes you, South America has it. The continent, however, is massive with a plethora of countries and that is why if you are planning tours to South America, you need to consider a number of things. Below is a guide for your South America tour.

Have basic command of Spanish

The South American region is largely a Spanish-speaking continent, and therefore, it would really help if you had a basic command of the Spanish language. This will help you be able to communicate better with the locals. It will also help you experience better the warmth of the natives. It’s not that you have to learn the entire language but basics such as saying ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ would help.

Know your visa requirements and border crossings

Check the visa requirements, have the necessary copies of any document required, passports and other documents with you. Also be aware of extra fees and fines, especially when you extend your stay in a country. There are also some countries in the South America that need proof of yellow fever vaccination while others don’t. Therefore, it’s very important that you do your research prior to your tours to South America so that you can identify the requirements early enough and have them with you so you are not puzzled at the border when asked to produce them.

Different types of weather

South America has many different landscapes, including deserts, mountains, beaches, rainforests, and therefore, it is typical for weather to differ from one country to another and even within the same country. Therefore, it’s very important that you are well prepared for the different weather changes. This is especially in terms of clothing. Also, since many cities in South America such as La Paz are located in high altitude areas, it’s common to develop altitude sickness. A good way of fighting this though is giving yourself some time to acclimatize to the altitude changes before  moving on to the next adventure.

Take care of your stuff

It’s common for tourists not only in South America but other regions of the world to be easily identifiable by the locals. As a result, it’s easy to become targets of theft. This means that you need to be extra careful with your belongings when travelling in the bus and navigating through crowded places; more so, if you have any important documents with you.

South America is arguably one of the best destinations for any traveller and adventurous person. With good planning, you can have wonderful tours to South America.