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1. Posted by diskodolly (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

I am a solo female traveller flying into BA in Feb 2006 and have two weeks to get to Rio for Carnival. I was planning on doing this by bus via Uruaguay.

Has anybody done this before and can anyone give me some tips or advice?

Many Thanks
Louise

2. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 10y

I dont know why i remember this, but i think a bus goes from BA to Rio in 45 hours. Long old way, you can book it from the bus terminal in BA. If you are in Uruguay, in the south, it may be easier to go from BA itself rather than make your way from somewhere in Uruguay?
Sorry cos its very vague

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

Yeah that sounds about right - 45 hours or something. Buses are decent, comfortable and relaxing - just bring a good book or two. You can get tickets straight from the station I think it is called Retiro if I remember correctly (went last year) and Retiro is easily accessible via metro system - which I used for three months and was very cheap and reliable!!

RAch :)

4. Posted by diskodolly (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Thanks for the tips guys. The prospect of a 45hr bus journey fills me with dread, have either of you done it or know anyone who as done it?

I thought i might break the journey up slightly by going from BA to Montevideo, Uruguay, then from there via the coast of Uruguay and Brazil to Rio and break the journey up over a week or so maybe.

But if this is not possible, i better think seriously about what books i pack. Infact 45hs would be the perfect opportunity to continue with my Portugese and Spanish tapes, just dont think my ipod battery will last that long :-)

Louise.

5. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

better to fly from BA to Rio IMO.

6. Posted by Floorder (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

flying bsas rio is not very expensive, good option. You can also cut the journey in two parts by getting out at Foz do Iguazu and stau there for two or three days. Then you have a 20 hour ride from bsas, see the amazing Iguazu falls and do the 23 hours to Rio two days later..

good luck!

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8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

I would go with Floorders suggestion.

The bus from BZ to Iguazu is about 22 hrs. Buses services are fantastic! and very comfortable. You woont even notice the time passing.

From Foz, the journey to Rio is about the same length. The standard of bus services isnt quite as good on the Brazil side...more expensive too...but still comfortable.

I did 52 hrs on buses from Patagonia back to Santiago and it was LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!
You really need to break the journey somewhere!
Puerto Iguazu (on the Arg side) or Foz do Iguazu (on the Brazilian side) are good places to stop for a day or two and chill out in the sun.

;)

9. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Floorder's tip makes good sense. Alternative itineraries to break up the trip would include (pick any or all of the cities below):
- BsAs - Montevideo - Curitiba - Sao Paulo

have fun
Niels

10. Posted by ilse roska (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

what are the costs of flying/travelling by bus? this distance?

ilse