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any santiago, buenos aires or patagonia recomendations?

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean any santiago, buenos aires or patagonia recomendations?

1. Posted by luciano (Full Member 42 posts) 10y

hi, i'm flying to santiago and then BA as part of the final leg of my round the world ticket and would like a few recomendations so i can finalise my dates.
from what i hear chile is alot more expensive than argentina(?) so i will prob spend more time in argentina(budget is quite limited).

can anyone give me some idea of what could i see in chile in 1 week/2 weeks?
would ye recomend flying to patagonia from santiago or beunos aires?
how can i book a cheap flight to patagonia(online/before i arrive in SA...)? and would it be realistic or cheap to get a single flight south to patagonia and then come back north overland?

i'm travelling alone, so any help is very welcome.
thanks, luciano.

2. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

No, I don't recommend flying. Busses are cheap, fast and super comfortable, and aeroplanes are bad for the environment!!! If you are interested in visiting Patagonia, you should appreciate that, because it's one of the most amazing natural environments left on this planet. If you are already flying between Santiago and Buenos Aires you should refrain from any further intra-continental flights.

You are right that Argentina is a lot cheaper than Chile. Though, their economy is improving and the price difference is decreasing.

As for things to do in Chile: there is some absolutely amazing national park pretty close to Santiago, with snowcapped volcanos and stuff. For example Laguna del Lajas and Volcan Antuco close to Los Angeles (it's a small town south of Santiago) and Parque Nacional Puyehue close to Osorno. And some more that I've only heard of but that are supposed to be super, such as Villarica and some that I don't remember the names of. Mind you, this is also a part of Patagonia and just as beautiful and less crowded than the more famous southern parts.

Bariloche in Argentina is also worth a visit, with excellent chocolate and unreal mountain surroundings, Parque Nacional de Nauel Huapi is one of my favourite spots on the whole continent.

If you want more advice on this or have more specific questions you're welcome to send me a message!


3. Posted by luciano (Full Member 42 posts) 10y

aren't buses bad for the environment too along with many other things in this world? i appreciate your concern for the environment but i have a time restriction as my round the world ticket expires and if i need to fly i will fly.
i'm sure the landscape is amazing which is why i'm considering flying one way and bussing it back the other way.
anybody have any info on booking a cheap flight south?
cheers again.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 1, 2006 10:21 PM by luciano ]

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

so it's just you and your own plans, and to hell with the environment?! thanks on behalf of all future travellers, i guess...

5. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Busses aren't even close to being as bad as aeroplanes are. I can give you some statistics about emissions if you really want to... ;)

A time restriction shouldn't be an issue while travelling, if it is you are certainly trying to squeeze in too many things in too little time. It's your vaccation, it's not supposed to be stressful, so just try and skip some of your ambitious plans and slow down a bit, will you?!?