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1. Posted by mackinacky (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Hey folks,
I have a quick question for anyone who has a spare minute to share a bit of South American knowledge with me!!
I'm off on a RTW trip in September with two other lads and our final section of our trip leads us to South America. Now we only have a month or maybe a little longer to see as much of South America as we can. Is there any places that are a 'must see' in this time, and is this enough time to at least get a sample of the different cultures? I heard that you can end up spending a lot of time travelling between places and as we dont have all that long, would we be better off just concentrating on a small area rather than trying to do too much in too short a time? We fly into Buenes Aires to start off with and then who knows where after that!!(Is Rio worth a visit, is it safe?)
If anyone has been in a similar situation or has any advice for us, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a million (hopefully!)
Ciaran,

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I'd say Rio is safe, you just have to be more alert and careful than you would be in some other areas. Especially since you won't be alone.

I think to see a lot in a relatively small area, I'd recommend Peru and some areas around there. For example, Machu Picchu, Cusco, train down to Lake Titicaca, cross around Lake Titicaca into Bolivia and to La Paz. That would be a great 8-10 days. From there you could go into Northern Chile (really nice).

Since you have to start in BA, you could head down to Patagonia (Moreno Glacier in Arg.) then cross into Chilian Patagonia (Torres Del Paine). Then up Chile, into Bolivia, then into Peru (basically reversing what I described in the last paragraph). You could do all that in a month.

When you leave South America, what city is your departing flight from?

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

I'd say Rio is safe, you just have to be more alert and careful than you would be in some other areas. Especially since you won't be alone.

I meant to say that, especially since you won't be alone, that you will be safe.

4. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

Quoting mackinacky

Is there any places that are a 'must see' in this time,

If you are going to BA, its a 16 hour bus, go with Tigre Iguazu, the bus company and go and see the Iguaza falls. I couldnt advise anything more that if you miss that you are foolish because so far in my life, it has bent he ebst thing i have EVER EVER seen. It is worth it, and on the way to Rio too.

Tarik

5. Posted by mackinacky (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Thanks a million folks, really appreciate the help and advice.

Basically, the last leg of our trip Brings us to LA with a month or so left. We really want to get to see South America cos we've all been in places in North America already. So we're making our own way down from LA (independent of our RTW trip), so just decided to get a seperate return flight from LA to South America. We havent aNY plans set in stone yet so we dont necessarily have to fly into Buenes Aires, if you have any other suggestions you think might be better we'd appreciate it a lot.
So then once we fly into South Amnerica its up to us basically wherever we want to go, and then make our way back up to LA to fly home. Do you think there is a better way of getting to see South America from when we fly into LA??
Sorry for all the questions, just looking to get the most out of the trip as we can!!
Thanks again,
Ciaran

6. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 11y

im travelling to BA soon for a month - heres my itinery

Beunos Aires - Iguassu - Ascuntion ~(Paraguay)

Fly to Santiago Chile - Fly to Punta Arenas Patagonia

Maybe a bit much for a month, but well see

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting FenianMark

im travelling to BA soon for a month - heres my itinery

Beunos Aires - Iguassu - Ascuntion ~(Paraguay)

Fly to Santiago Chile - Fly to Punta Arenas Patagonia

Maybe a bit much for a month, but well see

I think you'll be fine with a month to visit those places (and even have some extra time to explore Patagonia).

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting mackinacky

Thanks a million folks, really appreciate the help and advice.

Basically, the last leg of our trip Brings us to LA with a month or so left. We really want to get to see South America cos we've all been in places in North America already. So we're making our own way down from LA (independent of our RTW trip), so just decided to get a seperate return flight from LA to South America. We havent aNY plans set in stone yet so we dont necessarily have to fly into Buenes Aires, if you have any other suggestions you think might be better we'd appreciate it a lot.
So then once we fly into South Amnerica its up to us basically wherever we want to go, and then make our way back up to LA to fly home. Do you think there is a better way of getting to see South America from when we fly into LA??
Sorry for all the questions, just looking to get the most out of the trip as we can!!
Thanks again,
Ciaran

If you have enough money for the flights and don't mind moving quickly you could see a lot (this is just a basic outline):

You could fly into Lima (actaully connect right to Cusco). Train to Machu Picchu, back to Cusco, train down to lake Titicaca. Couple days there and then all day trip around lake Titicaca to La Paz. Then bus down to Arica, Chile (explore a little of Northern Chile). Then fly down to Punta Arenas. Explore Patagonia by land (Torres del Paine in Chile & Moreno Glacier in Argentina). Then fly from southern Argentia up to BA. Then fly to Iquassu Falls (spend few days exploring falls), and from the Brazil side fly to Rio. Then back to LA if that's where you have to fly out of (although you may be closer to say NY then LA from Rio).

If you don't want to spend too much money or want to move slowly then pick a small area with a lot to see 9depending on what type of stuff you enjoy most. For me, it would have to include Peru, so I'd choose Peru, Bolivia, & Northern Chile if I had to stay in a small area because of time or money constraints.

9. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

I think one-month is too short to see the beauty of SA, if you will start your route in BA, i recommend you to visit Iguazu Falls, then Rio (i was there two-week ago alone and i felt safe all the moment-amazing place) then take a fly to La Paz (Bolivia), Uyuni Salt Lake is worth to visit but it's 12-hour from La Paz...after La Paz, Titicaca Lake (Copacabana-Bolivian side and Puno- Peru side) Sun Island, Uros, Taquile and Amantani should be visited.
Then take a train to Cusco and visit the most important archeologic Inca's Ruin: Macchu Picchu (try to do the Inca's Trail-you'll never forget it)...if you still have time, visit Arequipa and its Colca Canon and fly over Nazca lines in Ica...

That's what i'd do if i just have one month in SA...
Ecuador and its galapagos island are amazing too, south of Chile and Patagonia are worth to visit but it takes long time to do it...Venezuela and Roques Islans and Angel falls are to die for as well but it's up to you.

Good luck!;)

10. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 11y

Mmm only one month hey!! :) Well it isn't a great deal of time but it is still some time - it also depends what you like - if it is touristy sites and nightlife, Buenos Aires and Rio De Janiero are definitely the ticket - if it is mostly trekking you want then maybe Peru (and Macchu Pichu) or Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia is the ticket and if it is beaches then maybe northern Peru or Brazil but if I were you maybe do a couple of weeks up in Buenos Aires, bus or fly to Igassu falls, fly or bus to Rio De Janiero - then from Rio fly to Peru to see Lima, Cusco and Machhu Pichhu then you get a small taste of all three!! :) Hope this helps ps Rio De Janeiro is a relatively safe city providing you have your wits about you and follow common sense!! Buenos Aires is safe at night!! Don't flaunt any cash around anywhere though but the locals will probably warn you of that!!

Rach :)