Recommendations for travelling in South America

Formalities:
Citizens many European countries don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador or Brazil.
Citizens of Canada don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador but will need a visa to enter Brazil.
Citizens of the US don’t need visa to enter Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador but will need visa to enter Brazil or Bolivia.
Citizens of Australia don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador but will need visa to enter Brazil.
Citizens of New Zealand don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador or Brazil.

For the countries where you don’t need visa entry is granted on presentation of a passport valid for more than six months, a return air/bus ticket and proof of funds to support yourself for the duration of the stay. For the latest information on your specific visa requirements you should contact the local Embassy or Consulate of the country you will be travelling to well in advance of your planned date of travel.

Attention if you travel through the USA:
All Visa Waiver Program travellers must present a machine-readable passport at the U.S. port of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa; otherwise a U.S. visa is required. See important information the Visa Waiver Program here: Visa Waiver Each traveller is responsible for having the correct travel documentation.

Health:
You should always contract your attending physician before departure to enquire about which vaccinations are required in the country or countries you will be travelling to. It is recommended to be updated with the universal vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, hepatitis B). Traditional vaccines against yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A are recommended. The vaccine against yellow fever is required for entry to most Latin American countries. Vaccination against typhoid is recommended for extended stays and hepatitis A for those who are not naturally immune. Vaccination against rabies is recommended for long stays (especially expatriates).

Support Team:
Depending on your chosen option: 

  1. Spanish speaking guides: private or group tours with different local Spanish speaking guides (no tour leader)
  2. English speaking guides: private or group tours with different local English speaking guides (no tour leader)  
  3. French, German, Italian or Russian speaking guides: private or group tours with local guides in chosen language (no tour leader)  
  4. English, Spanish or French speaking tour leader: Private tours with tour leader in chosen language
  5. German, Italian or Russian speaking tour leader: Private tours with tour leader in chosen language

Tour leader: His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. In case of problems or dangers he is the only decision maker.

Local guides: Local guides in chosen language and all transfers and transport between towns, bus or train stations, airports and hotels are of course undertaken by a member of our team (in Spanish) as indicated in your program.

Transport:
Transfers and transport are undertaken in bus, 4x4 vehicles, minibus, plane or boat. The vehicles used will depend on the size of the group and the nature of the expeditions. Arrival and departure times by bus, plane, boat, train or car are subject to changes and under no circumstances can Lipiko Tours be held responsible for any delays.

Accommodation:
Accommodation is either in hotel, hostal, shelter, home stay or camping depending on your program. When sleeping in a hotel or hostel you will always have a private room (double room could be shared, otherwise you will need to reserve a single room which has an added cost), private bathroom and in some cases heating. However when sleeping in shelters there is very little comfort; shelters have dorms (6 people in one room), shared toilet and bathroom and no heating. In winter there is usually no water (frozen) to take a shower so it’s a good idea to bring wet wipes. The beds will have sheets and blankets but it’s always best to bring a sleeping bag especially during winter. Attention: We will only provide you with a list of hotels approx. 3 weeks before departure as depending on the departure date hotels might change.

Heating and hot water:
In large cities heating and hot water is usually not a problem and is readily available. Eco Lodges in the countryside are often equipped with solar panels to heat water but of course it’s possible that they are not working and the heating neither. For nights in shelters or home stays there is neither hot water nor heating. Very remote hotels (i.e. South Lipez and Salar de Uyuni) the supply of hot water and heating is not always regular. In case of problems or failure of this type of service (heating and hot water) Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible and we recommend you to contact the reception in the hotel to make sure that water and/or heating is either turned on or repaired in case it’s not working.

Meals:
For lunch (where included) it will either be a lunch box or a hot meal and for dinner (where included) you will be served a hot meal. Drinks are not included and as a precaution you should never drink tap water – only bottled. During the discovery tours it’s usually easy to purchase bottled drinks.

Porterage:
Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus or carried by mules/porters (during the treks). It is important that you limit your luggage to 20kg/44lb during the discovery tours and to 8kg/18lb during treks and mountain climbing tours. In some cases for national flights the baggage limit is 15kg/33lb. In case you have more than the allowed limit you will have to pay the surcharge directly upon check-in.

Special trek: If the luggage limit advised by Lipiko Tours is not respected the customer is responsible for any extra charges i.e. payment of extra porters and/or mules and any other expenses that occur because of this (mule driver, food and accommodation of mule drivers and/or porters). The payment for extra mules and/or porters will have to be paid upfront directly to the person in charge of the tour.

Electricity:

Bolivia 220/230V* 50 Hz A & C * La Paz & Viacha 115V
Chile 220V 50 Hz C & L
Peru 220V* 60 Hz* A & C * Talara 110/220V; Arequipa 50 Hz
Argentina 220V 50 Hz C & I
Brazil 110/220V 60 Hz A, B, C, D, & G
Ecuador 120-127V* 60 Hz A, B, C, D *120/240V in certain rural areas

List of plug and socket types

Photos/Videos: Make sure you bring extra memory cards and batteries. It is not always easy to get batteries charged so try to limit the use of functions that consume a lot of energy.

Remember that we are always available to answer any unanswered questions you might have about your tour to South America. Don’t hesitate to contact us if in doubt and we wish you a great tour with Lipiko Tours.

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