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Do’s & Don’ts

Do’s

Copy your passport/
ID / tickets

Carrying around a copy of your passport (the page with your photo and other important information) is a must when travelling abroad, just in case your passport is damaged or lost. Same for tickets

Put everything in clouds/
online storage

Use a cloud or external storage to save your photos, copy them daily

Charge everything

Keep all your batteries charged. You don’t want to miss that perfect shot because your camera isn’t charged

Acclimatize

In the Andes, take several days to acclimatize before serious hikes or climbing volcanoes.
You will feel the altitude even when walking around the cities

Use sunscreen

Always use sunscreen! (SPF50 or higher) and make sure is eco-friendly

Drink enough water

Carry bottled water with you, if possible in a reusable bottle and fill it up at water coolers

Be kind

Remember we are not all the same and you travel abroad you will encounter different customs and traditions different from yours.
Respect the locals and please, always ask before taking their photo

Wear a hat

anything to protect you from the sun

Carry enough change

Carry coins separately and easy for you to access

Wash everything

Peel it, boil it, cook it or forget it! (main rule for fruits and veggies)

Know your way

Always know the way back to your hotel

Use offline maps

Download offline maps (preferably google maps for the vast additional info on shops, ATMs, restaurants, opening hours etc…)

Turn your backpack into a “front pack”

Mostly on public transportation. Always keep your belongings in front of you

Have a secret pocket

It’s a good idea to have a secret compartment with some money

Only official taxis

Only take registered taxis with a number, also Uber and Cabify are great and safe options

Carry a lock

Carry a lock with you. Either to fixate your bag in the overhead compartment on a bus, or to secure your bag’s main compartment during travelling

Explore!

Seek new experiences. Try foods. Go places. Meet people!

Just ask

Ask before taking pictures of people and understand when they say no

Don’ts

Don’t do drugs!

The possession of drugs is a serious offence in most countries in South America. Even small amounts might get you into serious trouble. It’s not worth the risk.

Don’t wear jewellery

You don’t really need it and it would be a shame if you lose anything that is of great value to you

Don’t roam

Nothing is worse than returning home to see a cellphone bill that is astronomical. Be sure to either contact your provider for an overseas plan or only use it via WiFi

Don’t travel at night

Whether in your own car or on public transport, it’s not a good idea. In cities like Quito, just take a taxi or an Uber and avoid walking through dark areas

Don’t talk about politics

Not every country is the same, and not every society is tolerant of free speech. Have fun but keep politics out of your discussions while you travel

Don’t accept drinks from strangers

If you go to a bar to drink, don’t accept drinks from someone you do not know. Only take drinks you bought for yourself and if you leave your drink unattended, better get a new one. Luckily drinks are usually cheap in South America

Don’t throw toilet paper in the toilet

there will be a bin for that

Don’t drink tap water

There are cities that will be safe to do so, where the quality standards are high enough but it’s better to be safe than sorry

Don’t expect punctuality

 It’s common and even expected to arrive a few minutes late to a gathering

Don’t go near wild animals

Keep some distance, don’t touch or stress them.
Of course, you can still take pictures

Don’t wave around money

Keep it as low down as possible

In any case please remember
you are not alone

we got your back 24/7
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