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Backpacking South America mid June-Mid August ?

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1. Posted by oatmeal (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hello! I am new to this site, but it seems like a great place for traveling information!

I have never been to South America before, but plan on back packing there for (most likely) about 8 weeks. (Mid June-Mid August)

The route me and the other travelers have planned is not definite yet, but what we're thinking is:
Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, ...not exactly sure where to go after Argentina but we will end the journey in Brazil.
We plan on doing some volunteer work while we're there. (any recommendations on where, please do)

Anyway, I am traveling with one cousin who is from Ireland. and another from England. and I am from U.S.
My cousin from Ireland suggests I get my Irish citizenship (which is easy because my mother was born in Ireland), and travel on an Irish Passport. He claims it is a lot harder for a U.S Citizen to travel in S.A.
Any thoughts/agreements/disagreements let me know.
Also, if I do end up having to travel with the U.S passport. I am sort of confused with the whole 'VISA' process.
We won't be in any particular area for too long, we plan to travel as much/quickly around as possible (besides where we decide to volunteer I suppose). Would I need to get the VISA stuff figured out before arriving there? Sorry if I sound like a total amateur, but I am really. Haha.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated my friends!

thank you,

2. Posted by ajp529 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

You need to pay $135 to get into Bolivia and I think around $100 to get into BRazil if youre a US citizen. Check out

3. Posted by stupidn00b (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Your cousin sounds right. I was talking to an Irish globetrotter and if I recall correctly he said he's never had to pay to enter/exit a country, except airport tax.