Visiting South America
Saint Augustine said, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Travelling around the world and exploring different cultures is an opportunity that opens new horizons. A traveler learns a lot by meeting different people, seeing different nations and exploring a whole new world.
One of the most exciting places to travel is South American; it is actually a sub-continent of America, its prominent cities include Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Guyana, Chile, Bolivia, Suriname, French Guiana, British Overseas territory etc. This part of America is rich in culture and history with Spanish as the dominant language in most of its cities. Architectural, historical relics, great food variety, natural wonders, colorful and dynamic cities and breathtaking landscapes bring in a huge inflow of tourists to South America every year.
While travelling through this beautiful part of world, the main concern for an average traveler is budget issues. You can easily maintain a decent budget for your excursions with just a bit of homework that needs to be done before starting the journey.
To help you out here are a few useful tips that can use to enjoy South America to the fullest without going overboard with your budget.
First and foremost expense of travelling is airfare, which can be quite an issue especially when you want to visit a lot of cities. The competition among different airlines has grown within South America and some of them offer tickets at such low prices that a lot can be saved; however such deals and discounts are not easily visible on search engines because they are not that renowned. You will have to do a bit of browsing to compare ticket fairs and travelling packages. You can also contact your travel agent to help you get discounted deals. You must also plan the visit during the season when ticket rates are at their lowest. For example travelling during Christmas season may not be such a good idea because the tickets can get expensive during the holiday season.
Accommodation in South America
There is a great diversity in the prices of accommodation throughout South America. A small double-bed private room with a personal bathroom can range as low as $4 in some parts of Bolivia and Ecuador, while a reasonable room at $25 is easily available in Chile, Lima, Santiago and Buenos Island. Small pleasant rooms owned by locals can easily be rented at $30-$75 a night throughout this region. Package deals are also available that include accommodation along with other treats. Local travel agents can also guide you. You must use Google to locate all types of accommodation before you board your flight.
Transportation within cities
Generally, inter-city transportation in South America is via buses or rented cars. Buses are far cheaper than rented cars but the quality might not be that good. But if you are travelling alone then this won’t be an issue; if you have your family with you then you may want to rent a car within the city which you plan to visit. It is best to ask your travel agent to make that arrangement for you because he or she can find you good deals. Trains are not that developed in this region; therefore that may not be a solution. Taxis are also available but they are inexpensive only in certain areas, in the areas full of tourist and beaches, they are very expensive.
The cuisines are great in South America because of diversity in culture and tradition. There is a large variety of tropical fruit, fish because of its coast-line location. However you need to be smart about where to eat. There are side stalls and local restaurants where a hearty meal can be enjoyed around $1 to $8 if you eat local food, and some finer food served in urban Chile, Buenos Island is same as fine food anywhere else in the world.
Cities to visit
Cities of South America are quite expensive especially the ones that are famous for their tourist activities. The main concern for a traveler is to decide what to see and from where to start. Brazil, Chile and Argentina are top three expensive cities. If you come with a good amount, you can visit them but if you want to stay in budget, be creative and cut the cost. You can plan your visit in the non-tourist season; you may have to miss out on a few festivals, but you will be able to enjoy the cities. If you want to visit during tourist season then make sure you make arrangements (above mentioned) before you set out on your trip.
Bolivia and Colombia are underrated countries, which are actually worth seeing and far less expensive. Beach areas are far more expensive because of parties and festivals.
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