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Visa-friendly countries in the Americas for Filipinos

Ever wanted to see Machu Picchu, explore the Galápagos Islands, hike in the Andes, trek through the Amazon jungle or party at the Carnival festival in Brazil? ## The good news is you can get to those places without worrying about getting a visa. Some countries in South and Central America allow Philippine passport holders to visit visa-free for a number of days. This varies with each country, but most no-visa stays span up to 30, 60 or 90 days. ## Already excited to venture into countries outside of Asia? To help you plan your trip’s schedule and itinerary, Skyscanner takes a look at seven destinations where you can discover the natural, cultural and historical treasures of the Americas.

1. Bolivia

Bolivia lets Filipinos visit without a visa for 90 days. Rich in natural wonders and indigenous cultures, it is one of the most scenic and diverse countries in South America. So don’t miss out on an opportunity to explore its lush jungles and highland valleys and snow-capped Andean peaks. Check out the world’s largest salt flat in Salar de Uyuni and cruise the highest navigable lake on earth, Lake Titicaca. You can also watch river dolphins swimming in the Amazon and flamingos drinking from Laguna Colorada.

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The surreal and unique attraction of Bolivia

2. Brazil

Filipinos can travel to Brazil without a visa for 90 days. South America’s giant, Brazil is a land of dramatic red-rock canyons, sweeping white-sand beaches, pristine rain forests, wildlife-rich wetlands and diverse ecosystems, offering loads of fun and adventure. Make room too for Brazil’s rhythm-filled metropolises, where you can join in on the revelry that surrounds dance halls, night clubs and live music venues. The biggest party of all, however, is the Carnival, an annual summertime event that takes the festivities to the streets with colorful parades and crowds dancing to the samba and frevo.

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A beautiful sunset in Rio

3. Colombia

Colombia grants Filipinos visa-free access for 90 days, offering a host of must-visit attractions. The list includes the enigmatic stone statues surrounding San Augustín and the coffee plantations at the terraced valleys of Zona Cafetera. You can also hike your way from the Sierra Nevada range to the pre-Columbian Ciudad Perdida or trek through the Amazon rain forest. Beyond the countryside, you may want to tour Cartagena’s 17th-century Old Town or go sunbathing and snorkeling at the Caribbean coast beaches.

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A striking overlooking view of a Colombian city

4. Costa Rica

Filipinos can enter Costa Rica visa-free and stay for 30 days. Dubbed the Switzerland of Central America for its easygoing lifestyle and staggering beauty, this country is every bit an oasis. And for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, it is very much the ideal vacation spot. There are unspoiled beaches for surfing and snorkeling, jungle rivers for kayaking and rafting, and cloud forests and rain forests for hiking, bird watching and wildlife spotting.

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A couple of majestic waterfalls in Costa Rica

5. Ecuador

Visa-free entry to Ecuador is allowed for visits not exceeding 90 days. The country is home to one of South America’s most popular attractions, the Galápagos Islands. Here you can watch native wildlife roaming freely, from tortoises, flamingos and marine iguanas to penguins, sea lions and falcons. Ecuador is also famous for its volcanoes, particularly the 5,000-meter climb to the Cotopaxi Volcano, among the world’s highest active volcanos.

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A historic city dotted with old buildings in Ecuador

6. Peru

Filipinos can vacation in Peru without a visa for 183 days. With its glorious past, this South American country offers plenty to explore. Of course, there’s Machu Picchu, the sublime Inca citadel. Add to that the pre-Columbian ruins of Chan Chan, geoglyphs of Nazca and fortress of Kuelap. In the capital, Lima, you can drop by museums housing ceramics, gold and textiles from those lost civilizations. For some outdoor adventure, try sand boarding in Huacachina or trek around Huaraz. Other options popular among tourists include bike trails, zip lines, paragliding and rafting.

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An overlooking view of the famed Incan ruins

7. Suriname

Suriname does not require Filipinos visiting for 90 days to secure a visa. It may be obscure and tiny, but this culturally diverse country offers the best of both worlds. On one end you have Paramaribo, among South America’s cleanest and safest capitals where colonial brick buildings and white clapboard mansions sit alongside shops, restaurants and night spots. On the other end, you’ll find a wealth of mysterious but pristine jungles.

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An intricate and lovely building in Suriname

There aren’t many other places that offer as much variety to travelers as the Americas does. From natural wonders to historic and cultural sites, countless attractions and adventures await Filipinos visiting the region’s visa-friendly countries.

_Book those airline tickets using Skyscanner today and begin your next journey visa-free! Once you’ve decided on your next destination, book your hotel with Skyscanner Hotels. And when you’re there, pick a car to explore the country, using Skyscanner’s car hire tool._

(The information in this article is correct as of 10 January 2017. Please note that as visa policies are subject to change, Skyscanner suggests checking in with a country’s embassy or consulate before planning your itinerary.)

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