If you are looking for white beaches, great surfing opportunities, for mountains covered in snow, salt deserts, and open, welcoming people – South America is the place to go.
South America is not the safest place in the world, but also not the most dangerous. If you are a female and thinking about traveling to South America on your own, make sure to avoid remote areas, or find a travel buddy to accompany you.
The nature in South America is incredibly diverse – you can find rainforests, waterfalls, beaches with incredible waves, but also rare things like salt deserts (yes, salt deserts.). Large parts of South America’s nature is untouched, but it is also very rich in culture. You can visit places like the Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru, the Andes in Argentina, or the Jesus Statue in Brazil.
The only difficulty with backpacking across all of South America is that the climate can be very diverse, depending on the countries you are planning to visit. Whilst in the north it tends to be rather warm, the south (Argentina and Chile) have very cold regions (even with ice glaciers). So packing could be a challenge, but if you start out in the north and make your way to the south, you can easily buy an extra jacket or some long pants so that you don’t have to carry them with you for the entire trip.
Beaches, waterfalls, rain forests, mountains – South America has it all.