When you travel abroad, you’ll often get recommendations on the major travel apps like skyscanner, booking, Airbnb, etc. In this article, we give you the top travel apps for travelling in South America particularly. These apps are loved by locals and fellow travellers alike! It will surely help in making your trip to South America a memorable and easy one!
Rappi tops our list of top travel apps for travelling in South America. It is a major food and grocery delivery app across most countries in South America – Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica.
You will find most restaurants and supermarkets on the app. Payments are also easy – you can use cash, Apply Pay or even a foreign card! If you use it regularly, they also have a cheap Prime membership to get free deliveries.
South America has among the most comfortable and fancy buses you’ll come across. Every country in the continent is connected domestically and to nearby countries with a large network of buses to choose from. Therefore, third on our list of best travel apps for travel in South America is Redbus. It is a popular app that can help you book bus tickets in most countries in South America. The app accepts all kinds of online payment options including foreign cards and paypal.
3. ATM Fee Saver
Cash or card? Where to withdraw money in a foreign country? Currency exchange or ATM? Which is cheaper? These are common questions for pretty much every traveller going abroad. ATM Fee Saver comes to the rescue. It’s the first mobile app that helps you find fee-free ATMs in 10 countries in South America. You’ll get:
- ATM Fees & withdrawal limits in an easy to use interface
- Calculator for ATM fees for your desired cash withdrawal amount
- Map to navigate to the nearest fee-free ATM or low-fee ATM in South America
If you’re from Europe, then you’re probably familiar with FlixBus. Flixbus is private bus company that also operates in many countries in South America. It has its own app that you can book tickets on. Sometimes a bit more expensive but Flixbus buses are usually great on quality and comfort. The app accepts online payment options including foreign cards and paypal.
Other options are also the bookaway and recorrido mobile apps.
5. Maps.me and Waze
You’ll be surprised but the google maps and apple maps don’t always work well in many other countries. Say hello to maps.me for your travel in South America. This app has almost every nook and corner of the continent mapped on its maps, including the tiniest streets and the remotest hiking trails. Best part? It works offline! Just download the country you need from inside the app and you’re good to go!
Another must on our list of best travel apps for South America is Waze. It is the taxi driver’s favorite app in South America. And if they trust it, then you know it’s the best navigation app for these countries!
6. Cabify and Picap
Of course Uber and Uber bike are super popular. But in comparison, its also expensive when you use Cabify. Cabify is a popular taxi ride app in South America.
You can order cabs by the app’s set price or it also allows you to put your own price for the ride. And mostly, drivers accept it. So you do land up saving lots of money on taxi rides. They have both – cash and card options for payment.
Picap is a similar ride sharing app, particularly helpful for bike rides.
7. Didi and inDrive
Other options for best travel apps for South America are Didi and inDrive. These are other popular taxi ride apps in the continent. And again, often cheaper than Uber. Like in many other countries, there’s no guarantee that you will always find an Uber. So it is handy to have other alternate apps so you get your ride in time!
iOverlander is a user generated app with great recommendations on all kinds of places in South America. You can find pins for things like showers, laundry, water, kitchen use, parking spots, campgrounds, campsites, refused areas, repair shops, restaurants, hostels, hotels, etc. What we love is its all contributed by travellers who’ve been to that place before. You can find lots of reviews, photos etc. It works offline and online. We found it particularly useful for cycling, camping, driving, campervaning through South America.
We cannot recommend this enough. SpanishDict is a powerful app for translations from English to Spanish. The translations are largely accurate (much better than some of the other translate apps out there). And it also gives various alternatives of the same sentence. Even better? If you’re learning Spanish, then SpanishDict gives grammar and learning tools along! Only drawback is it doesn’t have a camera or voice recording option, so you’ll have to type in what you want to translate.