With stunning landscapes, treacherous jungles, surreal deserts, tropical rainforests, exceptional street art, and a lost city, it's no suprise that tourism in South America is heating up.
As Colombia continues to shed it's unsavory reputation, Bogata is booming and is on the cusp of becoming the hottest destination in South America.
Whether you’re seeking a challenging hike, flamboyant fiestas, or archaeological awe, we highly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance.
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No matter where you are, we're there when you need us most. Our expert emergency assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Flights do get delayed on occasion, but bad weather needn't dampen your holiday. Get cover for travel disruptions with comprehensive cover.
Where there are tourists, there are people ready to exploit them. Take off knowing your belongings are covered for pickpockets, loss or damage.
Our 14 days cooling off period means you can cancel your policy and we'll give you a full refund, no worries.
A Latin American adventure can be enriching for the entire family. All dependants under 21 are included under your Zoom policy at no additional cost. Say what!?
We've done away with lengthy forms and have kept our claims process simple. We guarantee to assess fully documented claims in a flash.
If you know where you're going, you can enter each country you plan to visit (for example, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru). However, if you're unsure of your full itinerary, you can enter 'Americas' which will cover you for both South America and North America (including Central America and USA). If you want the freedom to travel anywhere, you can enter Worldwide and be covered no matter where in the world you are travelling (so long you are not travelling against government advice).
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is there are places and situations that may be dangerous and should be avoided.
South America is a place embroiled with internal conflict, political and social upheaval, but there are many countries that are safe to travel to.The main consideration is not so much the country you are traveling to, but the area(s) you are visiting and how you will get there. You should do your research and consider what risks are involved and whether there are any travel warnings in place.
Common sense prevails: You should keep your money, passport, and ID documents on you at all times, and avoid flashing cash around or wearing extravagent jewellery.
Safety in numbers: If you can, travel with a friend or with a group of like-minded travellers.
With drinks as diverse as the continent’s landscape itself, there are plenty of tasty tipples to enjoy throughout South America. Whether it's tequila in Mexico and caipirinhas in Brazil, we advise you to drink in moderation. Please note that we may exclude any claims where excessive drugs or alcohol have been involved.
Yes, but you'll need to buy our Adventure Pack to be covered. If you're heading to Machu Picchu, (whether you're taking the Inca Trail, or the Lares Trek), you'll be trekking over 4,000 meters and will be required to .
With the purchase of our additional Adventure Actitivies pack you'll be covered for hiking, trekking or tramping with peak altitudes from 3,000 metres up to 6,000 metres, where specialist climbing equipment is not required.
Yes. You would be covered for any injury or illness, including altitude sickness provided that you purchased Zoom's Adventure Pack.
Altitiude sickness is a common problem among travellers to Peru. It can however, be combated with the following preventative measures.
- Ensure you are ascending to heights at a slow speed and take plenty of rest.
- Talk to your doctor prescribe preventative altitude sickness tablets
- Keep well hydrated. Chewing cocoa leaves can also assist.
- It is advisable that if you are going to be in Cusco, you arrive a few days in advance to acclimatize.
If you have an expensive item that you just can’t leave behind you can insure it separately for up to $5,000. Please note that high value item cover is only available under our comprehensive plan.
Yes, petty crime is rife in certain parts of South America and you’d be covered provided you were acting with reasonable care (i.e. did not leave your belongings unattended). If you’re the victim of a pickpocket, you’d be covered for loss, theft and damage to your luggage and personal effects. If you are robbed it’s important that you get a police report and contact us as soon as possible.
This means your dependant children or grandchildren under the age of 21 at the date of policy issue who are travelling with you.
The wonders of South America certainly set the stage for amazing adventures. Whether its lush rainforests, barren deserts, sun-kissed beaches or ice-blue glaciers Zoom has a travel insurance plan to cover your trip.
You can minimise your costs with Medical Only cover, or choose to buy Comprehensive Travel Insurance for extra protection to cover things like luggage, travel delays and cancellation. Compare Zoom's Travel Insurance plans online today.
Are you heading to another part of The Americas? If you're holidaying to the United States of America or Canada, we've got heaps more helpful advice on popular travel destinations to check out. What are you waiting for? Zoom to it!