Slow down and enjoy the differences…. you’ll be back with the familiar soon enough.
Enjoy being away
Here’s our advice on how to get the most out of your trip to South America.
Start enjoying your travels before you leave by tapping into as many sources of information as you can. Learn about and appreciate the cultures which you come across – it will enhance your experience.
Try to avoid behaviour that may be considered offensive. Think carefully about what’s appropriate in terms of your clothes and the way you behave. You’ll earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people.
Don’t treat people as part of the landscape, they may not want their picture taken. Put yourself in their shoes, ask first and respect their wishes. Do not expect any special privileges – remember that you are only one of many visitors.
Meeting and talking to local people will add to your enjoyment. Trying to learn a few words of Spanish will be appreciated.
Do not trespass. Wherever possible, ask for permission to enter someone’s land.
Make no promises to local people that you can’t keep – be realistic about what you will do when you return home.
Respect the laws of the country you are travelling in.
Witches market, La Paz
Try and put money into local people’s hands; drink local beer or fruit juice rather than imported brands and buy and eat locally produced food.
Pay a fair price for the goods or services you buy – if you haggle for the lowest price your bargain may be at someone else’s expense. Haggle with humour and not aggressively.
Don’t encourage begging by offering money. There are charities that could use your money. Also remember that there are very few dentists in the Andean countries, so giving out sweets is not recommended.
Tipping is an accepted part of all of the Andean economies. Ensure you are aware of when this is relevant, as some people rely on tips.
Minimise your environmental impact – Help preserve local wildlife and habitats by respecting rules and regulations, such as sticking to footpaths and not buying products made from plants or animals.
Think about what happens to your rubbish – remove extra packaging from anything you are taking with you so as not to add to the rubbish disposal problems, take biodegradable products and a water filter bottle. Be sensitive to limited resources like water, fuel and electricity.
Do not pollute or bathe in rivers. Often those streams will be someone’s drinking water source further down river.
Never leave rubbish. Take out what you bring in. Always try to leave a campsite in as good or better state than you found it.
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Our Galapagos Island Hopping Tour exceeded my expectations. I loved it!!!!
Haley and I had the most amazing trip anyone could ask for. I was so favorably impressed with every aspect and couldn't have asked for more. The tour guides were wonderful, especially Andrea and Valerio in Puerto Ayora.
I would endorse Andean Trails without question and for travelers to stay in close contact with their travel adviser. Tom Shearman was so helpful and gave me many useful bits of advice.
I was able to witness how the residents are recycling and doing everything within their means to maintain a healthy environment for future generations.
Thank you for making this the most memorable vacation we'll most likely ever have. I treasure these photos.
Tamara Weldon, USA, June 2019
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Hi Alan -
Yes, home safe and sound and a wonderful trip. Feel greatly relaxed and looking forward to planning another trip sometime in the near future.
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A Strasser, Australia, May 2019
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