Probably not the most endearing feature of backpacking in South America, the suicide shower gets its name for the rather dangerous mix of exposed electricity cables and water. If your staying in budget hostels and guesthouse across South America you’ll definitely come across a few Suicide Showers. Just make sure you shower in flip flops and you should avoid any unwanted electric shocks. The only time we got zapped was when the control for the shower was running a fair amount of current through it. This was soon overcome by turning the knob with a towel. All good fun though!

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Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.