Solo Female Travellers in South America

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Choose a destination, book your accommodation, plan your itinerary, pack your bag, prepare your documents, and set off on a life-changing adventure . . . all done alone. In recent years, the number of solo female travellers in South America is on the rise – that uncertainty and fear of journeying to the distant corners of the earth is now a thing of the past.

In this article, which honours International Women’s Day, we will show you why travelling alone across the wonders of South America can transform your life. The exquisite variety of destinations on this continent is spellbinding, and it is the perfect place to plan your first solo trip.

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, is the ideal setting for a reflective getaway / Source

To travel by oneself is to have complete power over your trip. The sites to see, the local delicacies to sample, the traditional drinks to try – the choices are yours: you set the pace of the trip and do the things that interest you. Often what prevents women from travelling unaccompanied is a fear of violence and ancient attitudes in foreign lands. In many places, even today, women feel exposed, yet this should not be inhibiting – the more women travel, the more they will feel comfortable doing it alone. A very important tip is to research thoroughly in advance – learn about the region you want to visit and embrace the culture and customs. Follow the direction you want to take.

Aiming to inspire eager solo female travellers in South America, we present a series of mini-interviews with our favourite bloggers and partners who will testify that going it alone is a valuable and enriching experience.

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The landscapes of southern Argentina are simply spectacular / Source

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Meet the Solo Female Travellers in South America:

Anna Martinelli (Brazilian), Blog Finestrino

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Countries visited in South America?
Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Peru

Favourite place?
Argentina

1st destination and inspiration?
The first was Buenos Aires, on a family trip. It was there that I encountered the tango and this inspired me to travel more often to Argentina. I go every year and I now work with tango here in Brazil.

To all women travellers:
Do not be afraid to learn and try new things. Appreciating other cultures is important and nothing is impossible – simply follow your dreams, no matter what other people think.

Rosemary Kimani (American), Authentic Food Request

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Countries visited in South America?
Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru

Favourite place?
Machu Picchu, Perú

1st destination and inspiration?
The journey to South America was part of a new career as co-founder of a food and travel blog called Authentic Food Quest. Our first destination was Argentina. We chose to start in Argentina for a number of reasons. The gastronomy, the beautiful landscapes, and we had friends who highly recommended it to us.

To all women travellers:
One of the best ways to discover South America is through food – a journey through food will surprise you. You will have a deeper connection with the locals, a better understanding of the culture and an appreciation for new flavours.

Rapha Aretakis (Brazilian), Rapha no Mundo

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Countries visited in South America?
Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil

Favourite place?
My best time was in Uruguay

1st destination and inspiration?
Buenos Aires for me. I have been a traveller since the day I was born – I inherited this passion from my parents who always took me on the road whenever they could.

To all women travellers:
The best way to fall in love with travel is to start with a place where you will feel confident – go to the largest city in your own country or to a destination you have always wanted to know. Your motivation will overcome any insecurities.

Sarah Duncan (Australian), Sarepa

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Countries visited in South America?
It’s funny because people often think that because I lived in Colombia for some time that I have travelled all over the South American continent. I definitely had the intention of visiting other countries like Peru, Brazil and Argentina, among others, but there is just so much to see and do in Colombia that I never got the chance to leave and explore beyond its borders.

Favourite place?
I would love to explore more of South America, but right now I only have Colombia as my guide to this incredible continent.

1st destination and inspiration?
Medellin, Colombia. The first time I was inspired to travel to South America was after I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Love in the Time of Cholera. I was so enamoured with the setting of the book that I wondered where on Earth it was and how I could get there. I learnt that you can’t judge a place until you’ve been there yourself.

To all women travellers:
I would definitely recommend people add Colombia to their must-visit list while travelling in South America, even for women who are travelling alone.

Gisele Teixera (Brazilian), Aquí me Quedo

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Countries visited in South America?
Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay

Favourite place?
My favourite place is always next: the unknown

1st destination and inspiration?
Santiago de Chile in 1997. My main lesson – and motto – is to travel with an open heart. One thing that does not work at this time may lead to something better if we get carried away by the flow.

To all women travellers:
I take trips to connect with myself. “Journeys are the midwives of thought” says Alain de Botton in the book The Art of Travel. “At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to ourselves – that is, brought back into contact with emotions and ideas of importance to us.”

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More female traveller blogs to follow:

  • The GoGirlsGuide (in English) is a website made by women travellers, for women travellers.
  • Toya Viudes is Spanish and writes about all her adventures in Colombia de Una (in Spanish).
  • The Travelettes (in English) are a group of solo women travellers, writers, and photographers sharing their travel stories.
  • Anna Laura and Betina Neves make up Carpe Mundi (in Portuguese), a beautiful website featuring wonderful pictures and alternative travel tips.
  • Brazil Más que Fútbol (in Spanish) is a delightful blog containing fun facts about Brazil, written and created by Virtues Sánchez.

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By Luiza Cavalcante,  professional in Visual Arts and Image Technologies. Portuguese travel writer, passionate photographer and traveller / Translated by Simon Hall.