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Before Traveling

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

 

The standard travel documentation needed for South America is a passport at least valid for another 6 months (180 days) on the day of arrival to the continent. If traveling to different destinations it is best that the passport still has 6 months for arrival to each individual country. Some countries also have additional entry requirements for some nationalities. Following you can find a short summary (correct at the time of publishing). Other information required at border crossings can be proof of hotel reservations and onward travel. For more information it is important to obtain the latest information from the nearest embassy or consulate of the countries you are looking to visit.
Argentina;
European (Schengen) passport holders; no additional requirements. UK passport holders (also overseas); no additional requirements. USA passport holders; no additional requirements. Canada passport holders; no additional requirements. Australian passport holders; no additional requirements.
Brazil;
European (Schengen) passport holders; no additional requirements. UK passport holders (also overseas); no additional requirements. USA passport holders; need to apply for an electronic ¡visa. Canada passport holders; need to apply for an electronic ¡visa. Australian passport holders; need to apply for an electronic ¡visa.
Bolivia;
European (Schengen) passport holders; no additional requirements. UK passport holders (also overseas); no additional requirements. USA passport holders; have to apply for a visa in advance or at the border (US$160) Canada passport holders; no additional requirements. Australian passport holders; no additional requirements.
Chile;
European (Schengen) passport holders; no additional requirements. UK passport holders (also overseas); no additional requirements. USA passport holders; no additional requirements. Canada passport holders; no additional requirements. Australian passport holders; have to pay a reciprocity fee of US$117 on arrival to Santiago Airport.
Ecuador;
European (Schengen) passport holders; no additional requirements. UK passport holders (also overseas); no additional requirements. USA passport holders; no additional requirements. Canada passport holders; no additional requirements. Australian passport holders; no additional requirements.
Peru;
European (Schengen) passport holders; no additional requirements. UK passport holders (also overseas); no additional requirements. USA passport holders; no additional requirements. Canada passport holders; no additional requirements. Australian passport holders; no additional requirements.

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MONEY ISSUES


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Every country in South America has its own currency but apart from the local currency the US Dollar is the most universal currency on the continent. Apart from Argentina where the US Dollar has certain restrictions the US Dollar can be exchanged easily in all countries and is the best currency to take along if traveling to several countries. If you would bring US Dollars, it is best to make sure the notes are in impeccable conditions as they otherwise may be refused. Exchange offices are easily found in most cities. It is best to use the offices and not the people offering exchange on the streets. Our recommendation is to travel with little cash (have some US Dollars as backup) and withdraw local currency from ATM’s (use the ones inside the banks). This can be done with both credit (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX) as well as debit cards (Maestro). Often debit cards are cheaper for withdrawals – please double check with your bank. For higher end restaurants, shops and hotels credit card payments are widely accepted. In remote areas it is best to carry cash as the credit card terminals may not be working due to connectivity issues.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE


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We do recommend taking out travel insurance. Everyone knows that travel is full of variables and there is always a risk, however small, that something might go wrong before or during your trip. Something as minor as a flight delay can have a significant financial impact, as can illness, bad weather or luggage delays.

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BORDER CROSSING


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This large continent consists out of 13 countries and hence hundreds of overland border crossings. Brazil, being the largest country, shares borders with 10 of these countries, several of these located in the Amazon Rainforest. In general border crossings in South America are very busy and can be quite hectic. Therefore it is important to maintain calm, keep an eye on your belongings and make sure that you do not lose anything. Most of the time the border crossing will mean filling out a form, standing in line to obtain your exit stamp and continue to the order side of the border to fill out the immigration form, obtain and entrance stamp and that’s it. If you would be crossing the land borders during your trip with us, we will make sure assistance is provided. Please keep in mind that, depending from nationality to nationality, there can be other requirements involved – please see above.

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INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS


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Coming from Europe, Canada, Australia or the US there are several large hubs that operate direct flights to the large airports within South America. The main hubs from Europe to South America are Madrid, London and Paris. In the US & Canada the main hubs are Toronto, Washington, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta. For Australia this is mostly Sidney. The main airports in South America receiving international flights from, Canada the US, Australia or Europe are Bogota, Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. For many people coming from Oceania or Asia, Santiago de Chile will be there first stop on the South American mainland.

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IMPORtANT TIPS ABOUT HEALTH

Vaccinations

 

Vaccinations Taking vaccinations or not is of course a very personal decision. For South America there are no longer any obligatory vaccinations but the most common recommend ones are: • Yellow Fever (for trips to the jungle regions only)
• Typhoid
• Hepatitis A
• Polio
• Tetanus It is important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information taking into consideration any allergies, you should go for a personal consultation with a medical specialized person. As we are no medical professionals, this information is no substitute for obtaining accurate medical information. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.

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Malaria / Dengue

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Even though malaria and dengue exist in South America, these no longer form a serious threat or health issue for most trips to South America. Most regions with malaria or dengue are remote and isolated jungle destinations where there is little tourism. This being said for trips to any jungle destination in South America it is strongly recommended to take precautions against mosquito bites. Repellent (DEET) and long sleeves, trousers are recommended during sunrise and sunset. In case you would have any doubts about the regions traveling in, it is best to find advice with a tropical institute.

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Stomach Issues

 

Stomach issues are always a possibility whenever traveling abroad. In most tourist restaurants all precautions are being taken in order to make sure that no infections take place but it only takes one meal or snack that can provoke some discomfort. In most cases this will pass in 24 hours and no medical treatment is necessary. In case this would be more persistent or interfere with your daily activities, please get in touch with your travel consultant.

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Altitude Sickness

 

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Having the Cordillera de los Andes crossing from North to South it is no wonder that many areas in South America are located well over 2,500 meters (8,000ft). This is mostly true for Peru, Bolivia, Chile and in a lesser extend Argentina. Famous destinations such as Machu Picchu, Cusco, Atacama, Uyuni and parts of Patagonia cannot be visited without having to tackle the altitude. For most visitors the issues coming with the altitude will be limited to some shortness of breath and perhaps a minor headache the first day(s). The most important thing to keep in mind when traveling to places over 2,500 meters is to drink plenty of water (dehydration is the first issues), eat light food (digestion also works slower on altitude), refrain from smoking, drinking coffee or alcohol. With these precautions most travelers will only experience some minor issues. The best local remedy against altitude sickness (mostly in Peru and Bolivia) is coca tea. This is tea made from the coca leave, something used for centuries to combat the effects of altitude sickness. Finally one can also take medication against altitude sickness. Most anti altitude pills include aspirin, ibuprofen and caffeine. One medication that has proven its worth against altitude sickness is Diamox. This cannot be obtained in South America and therefore can best be brought from your home country. For people with persistent issues, after being on altitude for more than 3 days best seek professional medical attention.

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GASTRONOMY

South America before was not particular a continent one thought of for culinary delights or trips for foodies. These days we are glad to mention that South America perhaps is the most innovating and up-and-coming region for the culinary traveler. Argentina has for a long time been the culinary top stop for South America but had to give up this title to Peru a couple of years ago. Even though Peru is probably the most interesting destination for foodies, all South American countries and even regions have their dishes, their ingredients and cooking styles making that a trip through South America is also a mindboggling combination of tastes, flavors and aromas typical to this continent. High end top class restaurants, hole in the wall eateries or street food they all are worth sampling in South America.



ARGENTINA


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Argentina is probably one of the countries best known for its meat. Gauchos roaming the Argentinean Pampas with their cattle of cows is a famous sight in Argentina and they say it is the grass and the distinct climate that gives the meat its typical taste. Argentina, having a lot of Italian immigrants also is quite known for its pasta. Argentina is also the birthplace of the empanadas; oven baked dough filled with different kind of fillings (chicken, meat, cheese, etc…). When it comes to beverages Argentina is known for two; wine and mate. Having some of the most prestigious bodegas on the continent providing a large part of the wines coming out South America, it is obvious that wine is a serious matter in Argentina. Mate is something that first time visitors to Argentina perhaps do not immediately get; till the moment a local offers you their mate which is a way of accepting people. Mate is a herbal infusion often drank from a typical canister you will see people carrying with them at all times in Argentina. You like or you don’t but one cannot decline an Argentinean offering you some of his mate.

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BRAZIL


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Brazil as many tropical countries has an incredible wealth of fruits, some known to foreigners others such as the Guanabana or maracuya little or not know. All of these are worth trying and for a warm country such as Brazil make for an excellent thirst killer. Brazilian cuisine often involves, rice, beans and fried fish or meat. When it comes to meat, Argentina claims the best meat but Brazil claims to have the best barbeque skill set. Churrascarías are typical meat restaurants found all over the country providing the pieces of meat directly from the bbq skewers on your plate. Finally one cannot depart Brazil without having tried their famous Sugar Cane liquor; cachaza. Mostly mixed in cocktails with the caipirinha being the best known one.

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BOLIVIA


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When it comes to the culinary part of traveling Bolivia may perhaps be the least interesting country in South America but this does not mean that it does not have a lot to offer. In La Paz one can find gourmet restaurants, recently Gustu is the one that has the spotlight. Typical dishes from Bolivia often contain trout, quinoa, corn, potatoes and other local crops. One small dish that stands out in Bolivia is their version of the empanada; the Salteña. This popular snack is made out of dough and filled with a mixture of meat, chicken, potatoes and other vegetables and is eaten with a spicy sauce. These can be found on the streets as well as local restaurants. Every region has their own take on the Salteñas.

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CHILE


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Chile is a country that for a long time has been ignored when it comes to food, especially by Peruvians with whom they have some long standing feuds over Pisco and anchovies. Nevertheless due to the fast development of Chile the country did not stay behind with the culinary revolution the continent is going through; dozens of high end gourmet restaurants have opened their doors in Santiago recently. The country has a large history of seafood with king crab being one of their mayor export products and a true delicacy. Another facet of Chilean gastronomy is their wine of course. The central part of the country has some of the most fertile wine growing areas worldwide, producing hundreds of quality wines. Chile is one of the few countries who have a typical wine grape that is not found in other countries; the Carmenere.

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ECUADOR


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Ecuador is another not that well known player on the international culinary scene but still has plenty to offer for the foodies among us. Their typical ceviche differs from the Peruvian version as here it is made with shrimps and lime/tomato sauce. Other typical dishes are roasted pig and potatoes as well sweet and non-sweet plantains which are often served as a side dish. Liquor wise Ecuador has their own version of Sugar Cane Spirit called Aguardiente.

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PERU


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Peru is probably the frontline when it comes to the Nova South American Gastronomy and the proud leader of the pack. Being able to look back on large immigration waves from all over the world (China, Japan, Italy and German) the country after all this time was finally able to create its own culinary culture from these foreign influences. These influences combined with the unparalleled diversity of local ingredients and a little courage made that the county nowadays almost stands on the level of France, Thailand and Italy when it comes to foodie destinations. In the last couple of years the country is a main player when it comes to the best restaurants in the world and this tendency is far from close to the end. Peruvian gastronomy guru Gaston Acurio is the one who initiated this revolution and there are dozens of new, up and coming chefs that are waiting to fill his shoes. Whether you are into street food, small local restaurants or high end gourmet dining, Peru will not disappoint. Peru is a country that spoils all five senses.

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