It is the first time that i plan to travel solo for a long period of time. If everything goes well then i will travel in South America starting next Jannuary for 45 days. I need some practical info regarding the whole procedure of preparing this kind of trip and also about the consept of backpacking - what does it really mean? Do i just buy a ticket land on the destination and take everything as it comes? I am buying the " South America on a shoestring" to get an idea where i am going and how things are, but how do i really use it? I am probably landing in Sao Paulo and no plan from there. I would like to see parts of Brazil, the Amazon, argentina and peru. Sorry to ask so many questions but i am really confused.
All you do is check out LP South America for methods of getting from Airport to the Hotel that you like.
Rule Number ONE; Ensure your flight is arriving at your destination Airport early morning.
Go to Airport bus or taxi reception desk,buy your ticket and into town and into your choosen Hotel/Hostel,dump your bag and out siteseeing by 1000-1200 oclock.
You will have a little plan but nothing final and after you have seen and done everything in that town then you will have an idea where you want to go next and do the same as above.
Buy your flight tickets at travel agents in the main towns,their will be plenty of deals about.
Have a great 45 days travel and al de bes.
Visiting Brazil, Argentina and Peru in 45 is rather tight... I´d skip one of the countries, either Brazil or Argentina, and stick with Peru. This to avoid that the thing you´re worrying about most is what time you´d have to leave again!
Make a LOOSE travel plan and pick a hotel/hostel where you want to spend the first night. If you decide to include Brazil I´d prefer landing on Río instead of Sao Paulo, it´s 100 times nicer and the airport is not as far from the city, as in Sao Paulo. Lima and Buenos Aires shouldn´t give a mayor problem too. Buy a taxi-ticket in the airport, and include 2 alternative hostels in case your preferred is packed.
All south american countries have incredible efficient transport systems, from a tourist point of view. Almost every medium-sized (and even small) cities has a bus-terminal where different companies compete for the routes, so to travel from let´s say Arequipa to Cuzco you have the choice between different companies, with diffent prices, and different amount of luxury. Don´t make too many reservations, just services that might be hard to get after.
A good way to hook up with other travellers is to take a language class. Argentina is a great country for that.
Have fun planning!
Hey man I am doing the same thing. Going solo kicks ass. The only advice I can give you is when you arrive just go with the flow and see where it takes you.
thanks guys !
I too believe that 3 countries for 45 days is too much but what if i just vist buenos Aires in Argentina?
Also how to u suggest i should go from brazil to peru? can i do it by boat through the amazon? how long will it take?
My recommendation is to spend about 2-3 weeks maximum in Buenos Aires and then see more of Argentina by a very inexpensive, efficient and luxurious coach system there. The other thing you could do is Argentina for 3 weeks, Brazil for 2, but stay away from Sao Paolo and Rio. I recommend Curritiba and Florianapolis instead. Mix it in with the Igauzu falls.
why do u think i should skip Rio and Sao Paulo?
Rio and Sao Paolo can be daunting and dangerous, especially if you don't know anybody in those places. Also, Curritiba and Florianapolis are closer to the Iguazu falls and are easier to travel to overland from Buenos Aires than are Rio and Sao Paolo.
thank u very much for your replies numero1.
yes i know what u mean but imagine to travel 15 000 miles or so to go to Brazil and not visit Rio!!
If am going to Brazil i wll definetely try to visit Rio even though i agree with u that it can be dangerous.
If i would like to take a glimpse of the amazon without travelling to the the north of brazi how can i do it? I mean can i see the jungle for example from the iguasu falls or from argentina?