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11 weeks in South America Mid November- February

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1. Posted by LiahZ (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

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I am planning on going South America from Mid November ( not strict on dates exactly) to Feb. I want to see as much as possible. What is the best route to take?

Suriname ,French Guiana ,Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, ,Guyana, Uruguay, Venezula - if possible.

Not sure if that is optimistic since have no clue! So please let me know if any of you went during these months and what route is best take/ realistically how many of those countries could I visit... I can stretch it to 3 full months so 12 weeks.

Also would be great if anyone has gone can give a realistic budget?


2. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 564 posts) 1y

You might want to consider going from northern Brazil to French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. I recently was looking at that route; but ultimately decided to concentrate my travel in Patagonia. If you're going, note that travel in French Guiana can be expensive.

With the time you have, suggest you concentrate your travel in one or two regions. I've been advised that travel in Venezuela isn't advisable at this time for safety and other reasons.

I'm leaving in February for 45 days in Chile, Argentina, the Falklands, Uruguay and perhaps Bolivia.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 1y

South America is huge and you're going tipc to tail. I'd suggest choosing a region and sticking to it. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, boliva,Brazil. You can cross into Brazil from the corner of either Colombia or Peru. I'd say leave the south for another time. Venezuela holds some of the most beautiful natural scenery I've seen in my life, but I too have heard things are dicey there, now. Still, look into it. I was in Brazil last year and it is not a very cheap destination. There rest of the places are great value places, though.

4. Posted by LiahZ (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

I have decided to do Ecuador, Columbia and Peru! is £2500 enough for 10 weeks there? Thanks for help!

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 1y

That is a great trip. 11 weeks for 2500 pounds is pretty frugal, at least to this aging traveller, but doable. There is lots to see and do and I can't agine you'll be bored.

6. Posted by LiahZ (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

|How much do you think is necessary considering will do it budget but don't want to not be able to thins while out there is £3000 more realistic or even more?

7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 1y

That's certainly better. stick with that and then check your wish list of activities.

8. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 564 posts) 1y

If your total budget, including airfare, is 3,000 pounds, it will be tight. You'll probably have to cross borders by land, instead of flying. Flights between countries in South America can be expensive. Also, have you considered the weather during the months that you plan to travel? For example, if you're going to Cusco, Peru, you will there during the wet season. On the other hand, the weather will be more favorable in Colombia and Patagonia.

Now that Brazil's currency has tumbled in value, travel there might be more reasonable. You'll find that to be the case in other parts of South America as well. Check it out.

9. Posted by LiahZ (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y

Ah I was told Peru would be good during January. Wheres best to visit for those months? Alternatively when is it best to go Peru, Ecuador and Columbia?

10. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 1y

I don't think there's a bad time to go to Colombia. I have been there literally every month of a year. I think Peru's rainy season is squarely around January. I've been to Ecuador in it's rainy season. It rained, but not all day, so it didn't bother me.