Backpacking in South America

South America is home to many amazing backpacking trails, but there is still so much to discover. From ancient ruins, to booming cities, to diverse natural beauty, there is so much to see in this part of the world. Once you get your bearings, the travel infrastructure is fairly built out and on average, most locals welcome visitors.

How to Travel Around South America

Most budget travel is through regional long-distance buses. They range in comfort, some actually have fully reclining seats or even full beds. The distances can be enormous and if you want to take a flight, Jetradar is a great site to find cheap flights.

Finding Accommodation in South America

CouchSurfing is a great community that connects travelers with local hosts but since 2020, you now need to pay a fee to be able to use it. If you traveling by bicycle you can also use Warmshower, they are also established worldwide. 


If you are the kind of person that like to reserve your hotel before to arrive HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in the world, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. Agoda is also a great deal and has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation.

Airbnb has been a game-changer in our travel style! It’s allowed us to stay in some pretty dope places all over the world for a fraction of the price. Aside from the fact that we get access to things like a kitchen and a larger living space, booking an Airbnb more often than not is CHEAPER than a hotel.

If you’re looking for an Airbnb coupon code, click the yellow button below and instantly get $45 off your next Airbnb booking (regardless if you’re a new user or if you already have an account.)

Unique Activities in South America

Get your Guide is a popular site to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or just to get ideas of common activities in various locations. Civitatis is another similar activity and tour search website.

Backpacker Travel Insurance for South America

As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet.

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