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1. Posted by anonali (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

wow... there seems like there's a lot of people here going to south america!! im going for about 5 weeks from about the 15th june but i need suggestions! places to fly into/out of, must see's, and let downs....

i was thinking argentina, with perhaps a bit of brazil, and bolivia. Want to see as much of the world cup, in world cup qualifying countries as possible, simply because i did it before and it really adds to the energy of places. I will be travelling back to South America some other time, so not too worried about missing places that can be seen anytime. I tend to travel pretty fast and geet to more places in any given time period than most, so don't be afraid to shout out some crazy suggestions.... its all welcome!

If anyone wants suggestions on Eastern Europe, UK and Ireland, or Cuba, I'm more than willing to help... particularly Cuba seeing as it's covered in this section....

Merci!!

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

If you're doing a world cup type of tour then I'd forget Cuba as they may not even televise much of it there.

Stick with Brazil and Argentina as they have qualified for the world cup and maybe try Paraguay as they qualified too (though I've never been, but you can get there easily from Iguacu at the Argentina/Brazil border). Maybe fly into Buenos Aires and spend a few days there then head up north to Cordoba and Iguacu and into Paraguay for a few days before going overland through Brazil maybe stopping in Curritiba on your way to Rio De J.

3. Posted by anonali (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Thanks numero1, much appreciated. My trip at the moment is starting to look like this: Fly into La Paz, then Lake Titicaca, possibly machu picchu, back down to salar de uyuni, down to salta, cordoba, bariloche, up to BA, Iguazu falls, possibly Curitiba (i haven't had time to look into it yet n1) then to either Rio or Sau Paulo to fly home.

I will definatley not have more than five weeks to do all this starting about the 15th of july. Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I should do, what I should drop from the list, or other suggestions regarding my time constraints?

I haven't booked any flights yet so I can still change my plan, and it will (hopefully) be fairly flexible to what other backpackers are doing/time constraints etc etc. Also the reason for the order is simmply that I don't speak any portuguese (and very little Spanish), I haven't been to South America before, and I hear that Rio and Sau Paulo are quite dangerous for tourists. Also that Bolivia can be difficult for tourists when there is political issues so I'd prefer this uncertainty at the start of the trip than the end.

Any comments?

Thanks everyone.

[ Edit: Edited at May 4, 2006 4:21 AM by anonali ]

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

What else you should do? Given that you only have 5 weeks, you have more than enough to see!

Instead of Bariloche, you might want to go to Mendoza instead. It keeps you a little further north and closer to Buenos Aires, which might make the travel a bit easy. Mendoza and Bariloche are similar, but in July Bariloche might be a little chillly.

5. Posted by LondonSi (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Anonali - Curitiba in Brazil. A friend from work comes from Curitiba and says its rubbish! He doesn't understand why anyone would go there! He said its pretty middle class and clean, etc but just nothing to do. Hope that helps!

6. Posted by anonali (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

wow.... eh.... plans have changed... drastically. Now heading to Peru/Bolivia for 4 weeks in about two weeks time. I was trying to figure out what I need to bring in terms of clothes since hte weather seems to change hugely between to 0metres above sea level to over 4000. Any suggestions people? Also in terms of vaccinations, I've read that Hepatitus A, Typhoid, and yellow fever should probably be got. Anyone have suggestions? I tend not to get sick, but obviously dont want to take too many risks... also I'm in the middle of exams so side effects wouldn't be particularly welcome...

anyone have any suggestions?