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Where to go in SA?

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1. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

I'm thinking of taking a short two week trip to SOMEWHERE in south america this winter. I've never been before and would love advice on which country to visit. Looking for scenery, hiking, spanish, and a lively culture. Any thoughts?

2. Posted by sinfronter (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

ANY country will suit you. Beware that health-hazards might be more prominent in the Andean and Equatorial countries. In any major city or tourist destination you will find people who speak English if Spanish is a problem for you, in small towns or off the beaten-gringo-trail you´ll HAVE to speak some Spanish. Try not to fit more than 2 countries in a one-month trip, I´d even advice to stick to one. If your time is shorter don´t even consider visiting more than one country, in order to grab at least the athmosphere of one country, instead of huge blast of hotel lobbies and taxi rides.

Climate is great any part of the continent in "your" winter (here it´s summer), expect coldish temps & rain in Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

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Have fun planning!


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

I visited Cartagena and Bogota in Columbia as part of my 77 day trip this year and Cartagena was very hard to leave as the people and town was so friendly.
Their was lots and lots to do be it swiming or siteseeing and I just done what I wanted by myself,nothing organised just Lonely Planet SA.
Cartagena was an amazing place and very cheap,I stayed in Hotel Madrigal; 3$US for a double en-suite which was just inside the old walled city and also at Hotel San Felipe; 15$US for a double en-suite which was 100m from my first hotel directly in the Centre of Cartagena,I just wanted to try it and both great value.
Its a lively and friendly place at night with lots of bars for tango and live music.
I'am a townbum so my siteseeing is building etc and I had already done my Sponla course in Nic so all I was was a lazy Cartagena towny/beachbum.
Have a good trip wherever you go as no good saying I WISH!!!!!!!
al de bes