One of the world’s top backpacking destinations, South America is the world’s fourth largest continent and holds a population of three hundred and eighty five million shared among its twelve countries. For backpackers, South America is a gold mine and holds some of the world’s most fascinating attractions such as Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, the Bolivian Salt Flats and of course the Amazon rainforest.
Travellers backpacking in South America should be aware that Internet access in the continent is limited, and whilst it’s available in the big cities of more developed countries, it hasn’t spread to the more rural areas. You shouldn’t have any problems connecting to the Internet whilst staying at a hotel or hostel, and there are Internet café’s available in the big cities.
As with any foreign country, South American uses different plugs and voltages so it’s very important that you take a travel plug on your adventures so that you are able to charge your electrical items.
If you’re looking to avoid particularly dangerous areas of South America, visit the more developed countries such as Chile and Argentina, as these are the safest and most peaceful countries in Latin America.