South America: Fast Facts From A to V

ARGENTINA


Best time to go: October to May
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 54
Local time: Two hours later than EST
Currency: Peso

BOLIVIA
Best time to go: May to November
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 591
Local time: One hour later than EST
Currency: Boliviano

BRAZIL
Best time to go: April to June, August through October
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport and visa issued free for 90 days; visa application submitted with one photo and proof of onward transportation (a ticket or travel agent letter). Passports must be valid for six months beyond the end of the trip.
International phone code: 55
Local time: Two hours later than EST in Rio; one hour later in Manaus (daylight savings time is observed in eastern/coastal Brazil)
Currency: Real

CHILE
Best time to go: October to May
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 56
Local time: One hour later than EST; two hours in summer (mid-September to early March)
Currency: Peso

COLOMBIA
Best time to go: November to May
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 57
Local time: Same as Eastern Standard Time
Currency: Peso

ECUADOR
Best time to go: May to November
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 593
Local time: Same as Eastern Standard Time
Currency: Sucre

GUYANA
Best time to go: Aug. to Nov., Feb. to April
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 592
Local time: One hour ahead of EST
Currency: Guyana dollar

PARAGUAY
Best time to go: May to October
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 595
Local time: One hour later than EST
Currency: Guarani

PERU
Best time to go: May through November
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 51
Local time: Same as Eastern Standard Time
Currency: New Sol

SURINAME
Best time to go: August to November, February to April
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport and visa (two forms, two photos, fee). Contact Suriname representative in Washington at (202) 244-7488 or the consulate in Miami at (305) 593-2163.
International phone code: 597
Local time: Same as Eastern Standard Time
Currency: Suriname Guilder

URUGUAY
Best time to go: Oct. and Nov., Jan. to Feb. at the seaside
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 598
Local time: Two hours later than EST
Currency: New Peso

VENEZUELA
Best time to go: December through May
Entry documents: Valid U.S. passport
International phone code: 58
Local time: One hour later than EST
Currency: Bolivar
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