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Keeping in touch (South America)

Phone Calls

Calling to Australia (from South America)
To call Australia, the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.

Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 1888 288 288.


Calling from Australia (to South America)
To call South America from Australia, dial 0011 followed by the country code (below), then area code (omit first zero) then the number:

Argentina - 54 
Costa Rica - 506
Bolivia - 591 
Panama - 507
Brazil - 55 
Peru - 51
Chile - 56 
Uruguay - 598
Colombia - 57


Mobile Phones
We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave, as this can be expensive.

We recommend that you use the Post Offices, rather than your hotel to post items. From large cities or major towns, airmail letters and postcards take 5-10 working days to arrive and from smaller towns, they will take over a month. We advise you to use a courier service from Post Offices to send anything valuable or important.

Internet & Email
There are internet cafes in cities and small towns alike, where you can access your email or place an internet phone call. Most hotel Business Centres have internet access at slightly higher rates. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to keep in touch.

Remote Areas
You will rarely be able to access phone or internet facilities and mobile phones are not likely to have reception. We advise that you let friends and family at home know that you will be out of phone contact during these sections of your itinerary.