Everyone at least once in their lives felt that uncontrollable urge to put their backpack on their back and explore the world. It is not difficult to find people who had this courage and at some point, transform their lives, putting life in the bag. A little planning, a pre-defined itinerary, courage in the chest and a few days in the open to “let it happen” is all you need to risk a longer trip in search of new experiences.
You can find people who started backpacking alone, with friends, hitchhiking, on a cycle trip accompanied only by a skinny girl and many days of pedaling, or simply that traveler who has 30 days of free vacation and just wants to enjoy it! On the internet the reports are diverse and inspiring, and if you already have in mind to do a trip in this way, we separate some routes for you to be inspired and make a backpacking through south america. Here we go?
Peru, Bolivia and Chile
One of the most famous itineraries made by many travelers who want to know exotic landscapes of the South America includes 3 countries: Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
The trip usually starts in Cusco or Lima, Peru, or Santiago in Chile, and continues to visit the main tourist attractions in each country. in Peru the road map included Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Puno on Lake Titicaca. From there it is possible to head to Bolivia visiting La Paz and Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.
After exploring Bolivia, the next step is to head to San Pedro do Atacama, in Chile, where there are many itineraries to be done. Like the Valle de la Luna and the Altiplanic Lagoons.
Patagonia – Argentina and Chile
Located in the extreme south of the Americas, Patagonia is a beautiful region with numerous attractions focused on ecotourism. The region covers a third of the territory of Argentina and Chile, with almost 800 thousand km² of impressive and untouched landscapes with gigantic mountains, impressive lagoons and large fields that are home to more than 100 different species of animals, such as eagles, condors, flamingos, pumas, llamas and some glaciers.
On this route, the main points to be explored are El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Ushuaia and Torres del Paine.
Colombia and Ecuador
Choose one country as a departure and another one as a return. If you start with Colombia, be sure to visit the cities of Bogotá and Medellín, heading to Cartagena de Indias where you can enjoy the Caribbean Sea.
In Ecuador, the ideal is to visit Quito and its beautiful natural attractions present around the city, such as the Quilotoa volcano and the Cotopaxi National Park. If you have more time, include Cuenca, Guayaquil, Otavalo and the Galapagos Islands.
Route of the 7 lakes – Argentina
On a 107-kilometer trip that joins the cities of San Martin de Los Andes and Villa La Angostura, in Argentina, called Route of the 7 Lakes, the tourist glimpses some of the most beautiful landscapes of Patagonia Argentina. Despite taking the number 7 in the name, the route actually has 9 or 10 lagoons and the best known are Correntoso, Escondido, Espejo, Falkner, Machónico, Villarino and Lácar, with waters that vary from green to intense blue.
Argentina and Uruguay
Neighboring Argentina and Uruguay have a certain proximity that helps travelers get to know these two countries with ease, and can be done with fast and cheap flights or by boat.
It is worth taking some time to get to know the charming little town of Colonia do Sacramento, which connects the two capitals and is located in Uruguayan territory. In the itinerary include points like Punta del Este and Colonia in Uruguay, and Mendoza and Rosario, in Argentina.
Northeast coast – Brazil
In another publication, we talked about some itineraries for backpacking through Brazil. One of them, the region with the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, has high temperatures throughout the year and paradisiacal landscapes with beaches for all tastes. Landscapes with cliffs, extensive fields of coconut trees, dunes and corals that form natural pools make up the beauties of this region, if you are thinking of getting to know this region, it is advisable to start in Ceará and go down to Bahia (or vice versa) passing through points such as Jericoacoara (CE), Praia da Pipa and Natal (RN), Olinda, Recife and Porto de Galinhas (PE), Maragogi and Maceió (AL), Salvador, Morro de São Paulo and Trancoso (BA).
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