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flights v overland??

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1. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Hi there,
I'm in the planning stages of a 4 months trip to South America. I'm wondering if there is anyone out there who can give me advice on where to go overland and where to take internal flights?? I realise S.A is quiet big and the overland distances could be quiet long.
My basic plan so far is Argentina, Praguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Dominican Rep, Jamaica, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.
Also does anyone know if there is ferry transfers between Cuba, Dominica Rep, or Jamaica???
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Kristy

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 11y

Heya,

I'll throw out my 2 cents. In that part of the world if you can afford it I would do as much as possible by air.

I almost always prefer overland travel to air travel, but the distance between the places you are talking about and the quality and safety of the roads out there are a bit rough. You'll save a ton of time flying between them.... It is more expensive though to fly so if it's based on budget then the bus is always an option.

3. Posted by donlee23 (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Mr. IMonaghan is right on the button..If wishing to go overland the best place to start in S.A. is Quito, Ecuador get a return ticket from there and then it is a 40 hour Bus trip to Lima, 20 hours Lima to Cuzco, some 60-70 hours of bussing Cuzco through Bolivia to the border of Argentina and how do you bus to Venezuela through the Amazon areas of Colombia? (fly into cAracas relaxed from Cuba then) Quite dangerous the remote frontier areas there.. visit www.exitotravel.com and they will help you plan a total Latin America air and land journey at the lowest price.

4. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

Busing can be dangerous in some parts of Latin America, although in my opinion it is the best way to travel. You can certainly do the Brazil-Paraguay-Argentina section by bus, and then mebbe fly to/from another group and bus there? Flying will be a lot more expensive.

5. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Thank you to everyone for the input. Does anyone know the distances between each of the places I'd like to visit??

6. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Thank you to everyone for the input. Does anyone know the distances between each of the places I'd like to visit??

7. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

Buenos Aires - Asuncion by bus is 18 hours
Asuncion - Rio is 15 hours (I think!)

8. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
Boat transport from "Haiti" to Cuba might be an option as I came through Haiti a month ago on my Central America trip and I can remember it being mentioned but in the end I flew to Jamaica;www.airjamaica.com who fly to Cuba.
Tropical Airlines(Kingston;Jamaica,920-3770)also fly to Cuba.
Plenty of Yachts ply Cuba and Jamaica but like everything we do we just have to be careful who we go with!!!!
Anyway, Wishing you a wonderful trip and All the Best on Your Travels.