Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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Best Gifts for Travelers
It’s that time of the year again! Thinking about what to buy for your friends, family, or yourself, maybe for an upcoming trip to South America? Check out our gift guide and don’t forget to send Papa Noel our Top Gifts for Travelers!
Argentina – Best Gifts for Travelers
One of the Highlights of South America has to be El Calafate. With the famous Perito Moreno glacier just a short drive from the city, it is one of the most visited cities in the land of Tango. Standing in the face of the glacier is beautiful, mystical and COLD! El Calafate is a 2 hour flight from Buenos Aires and the best time to visit is during South America’s summer (November – March) so the rest of the country will be quite warm. No one wants to take up precious suitcase space with a big bulky jacket, try an Ultralight down jacket from LL Bean. This will keep you nice and warm; it repels water, and it is wind resistant. It also comes in a small pack that you can put in your checked luggage or carry-on.
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Brazil – Best Gifts for Travelers
If you’ve found yourself in Rio de Janeiro and the selfie stick just won’t cut it, reserve a professional photo shoot throughout the city. With amazing sights like Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay and Copacabana beach you don’t want to miss an opportunity to take amazing pictures of you and your traveling partners. Contact Flytographers, they will come and take professional photos of you! You can choose packages with varying times and choose between a number of locations and even choose your photographer. Within 5 days of the shoot they’ll send you an online gallery with high-resolution photos that you can download or print when you get home. Make sure you plan ahead and book this before you depart, be sure to work with your travel consultant to arrange the details of your tour and photographer. These photos will last a lifetime!
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Bolivia – Best Gifts for Travelers
One of my favorite trips I’ve ever taken in South America was a trip from the Uyuni Salt Flats to San Pedro de Atacama. The Uyuni Salt Flats are one of the most unique places you can visit in South America, and the rest of the tour that follows is just as impressive. You’ll see volcanos, geysers, yellow lagoons and red mountains on our 2-night / 3-day tour. One of the reasons you can see these sights is because Bolivia is still incredibly raw, and this tour reflects that! You will stay in exclusive hotels made of local materials and do quite a bit of light trekking. The nights are cold and the days are hot, so you need some protection for your feet that will work for any climate! Try these Ahnu Montara Hiking Boots from REI. These are tough, waterproof and have breathable membranes, which make them light and airy. You’ll need solid traction for the different landscapes that you will experience, and these do the trick with rubber outsoles! Since your day on the Salt Flats could potentially dry out the leather a bit, we recommend using a leather conditioner on your boots when you arrive home!
Chile – Best Gifts for Travelers
Chile is well known for producing incredible wine! Whether you do our South America Wine Tour, or just a day trip to one of the surrounding wineries in Santiago like the Colchagua Valley, you are going to want to bring back a few bottles of wine in your suitcase. While shipping the bottles back home is an option, the weather can delay or even ruin your shipment. Instead, ensure safe travel for your twelve best friends with the VinGardeValise! VinGardeValise holds 12 750-ml bottles and when fully packed weighs between 43 and 50 lbs. Make sure you check your country’s restrictions on bringing wine into the country!
Colombia – Best Gifts for Travelers
Colombia is becoming a piping hot tourist destination, see what I did there, with places like innovative Medellin, historic Cartagena and the green rolling hills of Colombia’s coffee region. Colombia has some of the best coffee in the world, and you will want to drink it on the go! We recommend the Zojirushi Stainless steel mug. This is a great travel companion because it has a compact and lightweight design that keeps beverages hot or cold for hours and the lid doesn’t leak. You won’t have to worry about throwing this in your bag with other valuables! The Zojirushi Stainless, is one of the best mugs out there, a perfect travel companion for the world’s best coffee!
You can buy these Coffee Mugs at Amazon.com
Ecuador – Best Gifts for Travelers
When you visit the Galapagos you’ll have a hard time deciding between constantly being behind the lens of your camera or just trying to soak in all the natural wonder of the islands. With a GoPro, you can do both! Capture the green seas, unique and fearless wildlife, rocky trails and colorful fauna without carrying a bulky camera. A GoPro allows you to take HD videos and photos, it is waterproof, has built in WIFI / Bluetooth, and you can use it in numerous ways: strap it to your head, use a floating hand grip, clip it to your life vest, whatever works best for you! Never miss a moment, in the Galapagos anything can happen.
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Peru – Best Gifts for Travelers
The best thing about going to Machu Picchu is learning the history of the Citadel, walking the same magical green grounds the Incans did and peering up at the high peak of Huayna Picchu. Probably the hardest thing about this tour is waking up early to see the sights. With trains leaving for Machu Picchu around 7 or 8 AM from Cuzco or the Sacred Valley, your guide will be waiting for you at the train station bright and early! Don’t oversleep for one of the most mysterious and impressive sights in South America with a travel alarm clock! Take the Marathon Compact Atomic World Clock, a small battery operated alarm clock that automatically finds your time zone and even has a flashlight!
Get the Marathon Compact Atomic World Clock at Amazon.com.