South America

Written by Marco Arias

Costa Rica Local Travel Guide

Marco from Costa Rica is currently working with us here in Homestay HQ on an internship. He's a Finance professional back home in Costa Rica and he decided to move to Ireland to improve his English. He has been living in Dublin for three months now. Marco is also keen to travel in Europe and experience all the different cultures. He kindly agreed to give us a flavour of his spectacular country, from some of the delicious dishes to try to the must see sights.

Written by Shafik Meghji

Know Where to go in Quito for a Mix of Old and New

Are you planning travel to Ecuador? Discover Quito with the expert guide from From cafés to cable cars, there something for everyone in this city.

Written by Shafik Meghji

The Heart of Chile: Tips for Visiting Santiago And Central Chile

Making Chile travel plans? Read our expert tips for the best places to visit in Santiago de Chile, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar and more with the guide.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Find the best cafés Lima has with our local guide

South America is renowned for its coffee production so where better in the world to try out the coffee? Discover Lima's top cafés with our coffee shop guide.

Written by Mary Plunkett

South America travel: exploring the Andes

South America's Andes Mountains dominate the west coast of the continent, moving from Colombia and Ecuador in the north, all the way to Argentina in the south. The landscape of...

Written by Claire Sweeney

Football fan captures local spirit of World Cup in Brazil

Travelling the world for his job as a freelance sports photo journalist, Stanley from Malaysia, knows that finding an affordable and comfortable place to stay when demand for accommodation is high can be tough.

Written by Claire Sweeney

Locals share their homes in Brazil for World Cup

World Cup fever is in the air and homestays are bringing people from all over the world together to share the experience in Brazil.

Written by Colm Hanratty

20 phrases you need to know to talk to a local in Brazil

Knowing a few words in the local language goes a long way when you’re in a foreign country. Being able to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, as well as being able to greet in the native tongue is appreciated by the locals.

Written by Mary Plunkett

Stay cool in Brazil with açaí and granola

Meet Monike, a Brazilian who now lives in Ireland. She's from a small town called Santa Maria in the south of Brazil, about four hours west of Porto Alegre. She shares her local tips for a visit to Brazil...

Written by Colm Hanratty

Local tips for 10 of South America’s top cities

South America’s cities have an edginess and raw energy that other continents don’t. If you’re visiting to study, relocate or simply explore this fascinating continent, you’re inevitably going to be spending time in some of them. To help make your stay that little bit more authentic, here are 10 tips from my time there…

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