The visa policy of each country is based on reciprocity; therefore citizens of countries that insist upon entry visas for Latin American citizens will need entry visas.
British citizens currently do not require visas for visits to any South American country, however other nationalities may differ, most notably Americans, Canadians and Australians. Check with the Consulate in your country.
Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Take good care of the “ENTRY/EXIT CARD”, which is given to you in some countries and must be completed upon entering. The document may have to be checked and stamped by the Federal Police on entering and leaving the country.
The weather in Latin American can be vastly different in each country. If you are travelling to the Amazon rainforest, expect warm and humid weather with occasional downpours. If you are visiting Patagonia, the weather is cool, dry and extremely windy! In complete contrast, the weather in Lima, the capital of Peru, can be mild and clammy, with lots of sea mist rolling in over the city. High in the Andes, where the air is very thin, it can be bitterly cold, particularly at night.
Our best advice would be to thoroughly research not just the country you are visiting, but each location you are going to. Each country has its own micro climates and weather conditions depending on the area. If you are still unsure, just drop us an email – we have all travelled extensively in Latin America and we can help advise on what to expect.
Due to the sheer size of Latin America it’s a difficult question to answer and depends on the sights you want to see and the experience you want to have. The good news is – that there are lots of destinations that are excellent to visit for every month of the year. To read more, take a look at our Travel Calendar.
No, we are not. ABTA ended its consumer promise in 2006. This means that not all of the travel arrangements that you book through an ABTA member are necessarily protected in case of the financial failure of the travel company.
We have financial protection through the Travel Trust Association (Membership No. Q4745) which provides a higher level of protection and we also hold an Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL).
If you book with Humboldt Travel your money is completely financially protected. Read more on our Financial Protection Information page.
Vaccination against yellow fever is necessary when visiting some South American countries. You may need to present your vaccination certificate as proof.
Malaria Prophylaxis is advised when visiting some areas, particularly in the Amazon basin.
Other frequently recommended vaccinations include Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid, Diptheria, Polio and Rabies.
Please consult your travel doctor for the latest advice regarding vaccinations.