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4 Visa-free countries in South America Filipinos can visit

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Feb. 22, 17 | 11:57 am

Whether you opt for a backpacking trip in South America or a lavish getaway, it will always be relatively cheap compared to Europe and most Western countries. Chile, Argentina and Brazil are a bit pricey. But Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador can keep you going on a Dh80-backpack budget.
Brazil
1. Brazil 
Brazil is the biggest country in South America. Philippine passport holders get 90 days to stay upon entry after flying in. Non-stop flight time from Dubai to Sao Paulo, Brazil is around 15 hours 15 minutes. Must see destinations are Christ the Redeemer, Iguaçu Falls, Copacabana and Amazon River. The annual average temperature in the region is 22 to 26 °C.
Bolivia
2. Bolivia
Bolivia is a dream. And it is great that Filipinos can enter Bolivia for 90 days visa-free. Bolivia is famous for its capital La Paz, the city of Potosi, Lake Titicaca, Yungas Road, the Madidi National Park and the partially excavated pre-Incan city of Tiwanaku. In Bolivia, you’ll be awed by a mirror like desert called Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. It’s so white and wide, it’s been attracting more and more tourists in the past 20 years. Non-stop flight from Dubai to San Jose, Bolivia is 20 hours 5 minutes. Weather year round is cool to mild, with the average temperature in summer being 22°C.
Peru
3. Peru
Peru is the land of Inca. The Inka Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, and possibly the largest empire in the world in the early 16th century. Filipino historians and even the curious minds can get to explore this part of the world for 90 days or 180 days (you’d just have to ask). Cuzco is the capital of the Inca world. It is an attractive city with a great nightlife and serves as the jump-off point to Machu Picchu.  Machu Picchu is one of the most desired sites to visit in South America; however there is a limit to the number of visitors allowed per day. It has the same atmosphere as that of the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. But of course, Peru’s version is not a rice field but rather dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks. Peru is 18 hours, 55 minutes from Dubai. There’s no bad time to visit Peru. February is the hottest month with an average temperature of 24°C and the coldest is August at 17°C.
Ecuador
4. Ecuador
Ecuador is just like the Philippines – packed with jungles, mountain, beaches, and the land trapped in time: the Galapagos Island which looks like our very own, Hundred Islands. Filipinos have 90 days to explore this small country. You cannot leave Ecuador without going to The Galapagos Islands, travelers describe it as one of the magical places in the world. It is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It’s considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. Quito, on the other hand is also a must see. It is one of the highest capital cities in the world. And the view of the snow-capped mountain as a backdrop to the city is just super stunning.  Ecuador is 18 hours and 20 minutes from Dubai. Ecuador is typically warm with temperatures in the region of 25 °C.
South American countries flights start at Dh5000.

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Observatory experts say Shawwal crescent moon might not show today

Observatory experts say Shawwal crescent moon might not show today

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Pakistan plane crashes with 107 on board

Pakistan plane crashes with 107 on board

An aircraft from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members crashed at a residential area in Karachi on Friday, May 22. Pakistan immediately mobilized paramilitary troops and civil administration authorities to aid and rescue...

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