My mate and I are going to SA from mid next feb to mid/end of may. We plan to go on a loop including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Equador. We are fairly sure on things and places to see in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. However Chile and Equador we don't have too many ideas about. Therefore we would like to know:
i) What would people recomend in Chile and Equador?
ii) We are great fans of pies in tins - is a detour into Uruguay and hence FREY BENTOS worth it?!
iii) Leading on from (ii) - is there much to see in Uruguay?
Any advice would be much appreciated!
James and Dave
I have been to Chile.
In Patagonia there are lots of attractions on both the Argentine and Chilean sides. Chile has Torres Del Paine national park, which is a great place for hiking. It would also suggest seeing a penguin colony and a glacier hike. You can arrange to do to either country, but I would suggest Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina and Magdalena Island for the Penguins in Chile.
Heading north, you can take the Navimag ferry from Pto. Natales to Pto. Montt for some excellent views of the Chilean sea coast.
From Pto. Montt or nearby Pto. Varas, you can set off for adventures in the lake district of Chile, including crossing over the border to Bariloche in Argentina via a boat and bus trip. Some really spectacular views of the Andes from the interior lakes are provided on this trip. Lots of hiking is also available, including climbs up Orsono volcano.
North from the lake district, you get into argicultural chile and some of the wine country. I didn't see much of it, but there are gaucho shows and lots of wineries to try tastings at.
Santiago is a decent sized big city to enjoy night life and culture. Beaches are nearby along the coast, and the Andes mountains are close for adventure trips.
I didn't see much of the north, but there are some nice attractions up that way as well that I will let someone else describe.
Montevideo and Colonia are really beautiful cities in Uruguay. Don't miss them.
Stay away from Punta Del Este though - unless of course you like the resorty-styled glitz and glamour
I you can afford try to go to Galapagos, it's worth visiting it.
Quito and Otabalo (just if it's saturday).
Also Riobamba and Ingapirca (there is a nice group of Incas ruins)
in Cuenca don't miss "Parque Nacional Cajas".
I've not visited Ecuador's beaches but i've heard that Salinas and Montañitas are really good.
Pucon is also a really good place to visit.