Off the beaten track is a popular phrase in travel talk these days. Sometimes this means hiking, or traveling a long way, or spending a night or 2 with a community. All super experiences but in South America you don’t always have to go to great lengths for authentic, real experiences.
Here are our tips on how to get the most out of your trip and explore a bit deeper:
2 Walk: Many destinations lend themselves to being explored on foot, for example the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu has many opportunities for short or long day hikes away from the tourist hot spots. Even in big cities like Rio we know some fabulous local walks in the surrounding area.
3 Go it alone: Private guided tours can usually be tailored to your specific interests so you need not follow the crowd.
5 Festivals: a festival can bring small unassuming villages to life and you will see people at their best, having fun and enjoying themselves.