Guest blog by Charlotte Graham-Spouge for NomadApp

Five of the best methods of travel in South America

Jet-ski on Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

In Copacabana, Bolivia, lies a beach crowded with kayaks and jet-skis. Although the price, 100 Bolivianos for seven minutes might seem a bit steep, it is well worth it for the exhilaration. Alternatively, try your hand at a bit of haggling and you might strike lucky.

Train Cusco to Aguas Calientes, Peru

So you’ve made it all the way to Cusco, the last stop before Machu Picchu. Why not arrive in style and take the train to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes, enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime views of the vast and mystical jungle mountains.


Getting into a stranger’s car can be nerve-wracking at the best of times, but it is far more acceptable in South America than Europe. It can also be a great way to meet people that you would never usually get a chance to speak to and see some of the more obscure delights of this continent. Always make sure you feel comfortable before getting in!

Cycle in the Andean foothills, Argentina

Near the Argentinian border with Chile, lie the grand lakes of San Carlos de Bariloche. The imposing, snow-capped peaks of the Andes tower overhead. The town is famed for its stunning scenery and delectable chocolate: perfect for a reward after some steep mountain cycling.

Take a cargo boat up the Amazon River, Peru

Passage on board is fairly cheap, includes three large meals a day, and there is nothing to do but relax in the sun in your hammock. What could be more idyllic, you think to yourself. Think again. This adventure is not for the faint of heart. But while the bathrooms may be plumbed with water straight from the murky depths below and the journeys typically last several Wi-Fi-less days, the people you meet and the sunsets you see will never leave you.