South America, the melting pot of native, indigenous, African and western culture.

The vast stretch is still pretty much unexplored and is awaiting for more travelers to visit and understand the local culture, tradition and warmth.

Ever since I learnt Spanish in school, I have always fantasized about visiting South America. It created a desire in me to visit South America and explore all that it had to offer.

It didn’t happen soon. Just like all the good things in life even this had to wait. During my university days, I was provided with the opportunity to visit Europe and Asia. I took it up saving South America for later.

After working for a few companies and people, I felt life wasn’t giving me the joy and satisfaction I needed. So I put a bag on my back and started to travel.

My family had just booked a holiday to Mexico for a couple of weeks and seeing how it was only a few hours away from South America by flight.

After spending two weeks in Mexico, I took a flight to Colombia as it was the cheapest that way available at the moment. I had spent a month there and now I am currently in Peru. My plan is to spend the next months travelling across Bolivia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina.

Travel is a privilege and fortune. I was fortunate enough not to come across too many culture shocks. Coming from London, the biggest culture shock is probably the fact that the people are very friendly and willing to help despite the fact that they were weak in English said a lot about them.

Travelling across each country is an amazing experience, especially the night bus journeys. I will not be heading back home anytime soon. It will be only after I visit the carnival in Rio that I will fly back to Rio.

Here are 3 essential travel tips for those who are travelling across South America

1. In Brazil, most of the large cities are great locations for learning Portuguese otherwise, South America is a hugely popular destination to brush up on your Spanish.

2. Cities are more dangerous than rural areas, although the very deserted mountain plains can harbour bandits. Many of the working-class barrios of big cities are “no-go” areas for tourists, as are the marginal areas near them.

3. The range of accommodation available is enormous and you’ll find that the US$10 that buys you a night’s rest in Ecuador won’t even stretch to breakfast in the Southern Cone or French Guiana. Unless you’re rocking up at festival time there’s usually no shortage of places to stay.

Hope you travel to South America and enjoy it to the fullest.

The Graphic image of the traveller , made from the photo submitted, was done by the author, The Brown Nomad.

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