Our overland trips are about staying in as many great places as possible, and therefore we will be camping about half of the time. This is an amazing way to enjoy the stunning countryside in South America and with years of experience, we know we have many choices of location – some known and some new for our camps. Camping in remote places means we really do have some incredible beauty spots to ourselves, far away from the roads and noise, with a campfire, a couple of beers and friendly chat under the stars. This is what many call free camping or bush camping. Our truck makes this easy and comfortable as we are fully equipped with food, water, lighting and all that we need to be self-sufficient for many days.
The other half of our accommodation will be in comfortable hotels/hostels or campsites with all amenities (e.g. showers, bathrooms).
We have chosen our hotels from experience and all are clean, safe and friendly and in the budget hotel/hostel end of the market. We book shared rooms for 2-4 people, some with ensuites. We try to cater for couples but cannot guarantee to cater for people wanting single rooms so you must be prepared to share.
Also, owing to the adventurous nature of our trips, things will occasionally not go exactly to plan and we may find ourselves in an unexpected place, making the best of what’s available, so some flexibility will help you make the best of these times.
Many different people come on our expeditions and each have differing requirements for their tents. Because of this we find that people prefer to provide their own tents for their camping adventure – so you must bring your own tent We recommend a good quality, 3 season tent – remember you’ll be spending half of the trip sleeping in it. If you would like any advice on choosing your tent then please contact us for a chat so you can be confident you’re getting the right equipment. For more information on what you need look at the ‘What to Bring’ page.
Whatever you choose make sure it is easy to erect, and not too heavy to carry in case you want to spend time hiking with it. Your tent will be stored in a secure locker during the trip so it’s not vital that it fits in your backpack.
If you have not been camping much before then don’t worry. Our leaders can show you the ropes and pretty soon you’ll be proficient – it’s not tricky to put up a tent once you know how.
Most people prefer to have a tent to themselves, giving them more space and privacy. But this also means you have no-one to share the putting-up and taking-down with, which can be a consideration. If you are travelling alone and would prefer to share a tent ,let us know before we leave and we’ll put you in touch with other group members with the same idea so you can organise sharing with them.