Skip Navigation

Help... 3 month trip to South America... need advise

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Help... 3 month trip to South America... need advise

1. Posted by bennygill (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi guys,

I'm a 20 year old male from Australia wanting to backpack around South America for three months. I need any advise or tips that I can get.

From end of Nov 2005 to end of Feb 2006. Budget of $10,000 Australian, but that includes an air fare of about $2,000 leaving me $8000 for everything else including flights inside South America.

I'd like to know the best countries to visit, in time avalable. The best things to see there and how long I should be staying in each country. I'd like to be able to get off the beaten track a bit.

I originally thought Brazil, Peru, and one other (maybe chile?). Time spread evenly. But NOW I'm thinking I can do much more...

Whats a realistic daily budget (roughly), safety and health precautions, visa etc

Is it better to book my flights within South America now or later, How much they will cost.

Anything that would help please. I'm in desperate need of some good advise.

Thanks, Ben

P.S I'm prob going to CARNIVAL in Feb, any advise bout that would be good to.

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

hey Ben,

wow, you've got quite a bit of cash! South America is very cheap (on the whole but it does vary country to country) I took about a third of what you have to Brazil for three months which is one of the slightly pricier countries too!

It's a good time to go weather wise cos it's summer in the southern countries, Argentina will have a good climate at that time.

As for getting the most out of your time, choose wisely less is most definately more in S.A, Brazil you can definately get off the "beaten track" cos its so big a lot of the normal 'gringo route' travellers never bother to explore it. I can only pass on what I've heard from other travellers but Argentina is supposed to be fantastic as is Bolivia.
for visa requirements check out world travel guide
Health precautions, just visit your local nurse she/he'll sort you out with jabs etc you prob wont need malaria tablets unless you want to head to the jungle (which is pretty cool!!)
Safety, well yeah crime is high in many areas of S.A but as long as u exercise the usual caution and common sense you will be fine, the best thing is not to let worry about this affect your big trip!! there are many threads in this forum where you'll find excellent advise for individual countries once you;ve decided where your going!

As for internal flights you can often get a voucher for a certain amount of miles when you're there but depoending on how you divide you're time this may be unnecessary, busses in S.A are generally a good laugh and easy to access!

phew, hope this has helped a little,
take it easy
m

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

btw on the WTG, the link for passport/visas in a list on the right after you click on a country

:)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

In South America, I think you don't want to do more than 1 country per month. Otherwise you'll just be blowing through and not seeing much. Especially if you are going to do Brazil, which is quite large.

Brazil and Chile are probably the two most expensive countries in South America. If you want to do cheaper, I would suggest doing Argentina, Peru and Bolivia instead. The prices would be less, and you should be able to see all the same things - beautiful people and nice beaches in Argentina, the Andes mountains in Argentina, jungle and Amazon in Bolivia and Inca ruins in Bolivia and Peru. Nice people all along the way.

The other problem with Brazil and Peru is that you are crossing from one side of the continent to the other. It's either a really long set of bus rides, or a flight (which could be pricey).

I think that the only country an Aussie would require a visa in advance would be Brazil.

Sounds like a great trip, though. You'll have a great time.

Greg

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

Quoting GregW

I think that the only country an Aussie would require a visa in advance would be Brazil.

Greg

That is 100% correct.

Argentina is a must see country when you travel to South America. Don't miss it!

6. Posted by NORIEGDI (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Argentina is a lot cheaper than Chile.
The peso argentino is 1 to 3 against US Dollar.
Avoid some touristic places in Buenos Aires, and you would be ok, but don´t miss Buenos Aires and Cordoba. Cordoba is the funner city around. More than 300.000 students living in a central neighborhood. It is great and cheap! You can spend the night for less than USD$10. Cool people. And beautiful girls...

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

Quoting NORIEGDI

Argentina is a lot cheaper than Chile.
The peso argentino is 1 to 3 against US Dollar.
Avoid some touristic places in Buenos Aires, and you would be ok, but don´t miss Buenos Aires and Cordoba. Cordoba is the funner city around. More than 300.000 students living in a central neighborhood. It is great and cheap! You can spend the night for less than USD$10. Cool people. And beautiful girls...

Very true what you say about the students and also the Cordoba girls. But I think BA was far more fun, with plenty more places to go and see and things to do.