Hey yall, Im looking for some advice for traveling from Bogota to Buenos Aires. I have seen a few threads explaining the negative impact to the environment and he suggestion to take more time and travel by land for instance from Argentina to Machu Pichu, peru. Im wondering a few things. If I were to go by land how long would it take if I went as quikly as I could to get to Buenos Aires and How much would that be likely to cost? The reason why this is my intention is becuase I must be in Buenos Aires to study by the end of the month and i am still interested in seeing some more of columbia. Also I understand the negative impact on the environment very clearly and in taking care of ourselves and our needs we have the obligation to not meet our needs at the expense of other suffering to the bets of our ability in my opinion. However, I am wondering is it worth it to travel by land from Columbia to Buenos Aires if it will leave me drained and worn out to the max by the time I reach there.
Thank you very much to anyone who mught be able to help me out with some of these questions.
Well, you still have almost a month and that would be sufficient to move from Bogotá to Buenos Aires (that's what you're asking about, isn't it?). You would probably have to go through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, because I don't know how the boarder between Colombia and Brazil is, when it comes to safety (does anyone else know?), but you would be able to see parts of those countries too. I have no idea how much it would cost you, probably not very much since transportation is really cheap, at least cheaper than a flight.
But if you want to stay in Colombia as long as possible and just go straight to Buenos Aires, maybe flying is the only option. Roads in Bolivia can be a bit dodgy, we were stuck in the mud for a week in total.
Don't do the Col-Bra border crossing; it's not a very safe place to be, and I've heard rumours about renewed Colombian-US lead attempts at distroying coca crops in that area at the moment (can anyone corroborate?)
Col-Ecua-Peru-Bol-Arg will take you quite some time; I travelled almost the same route, and it took me about 12 travelling days, although there may be a few shortcuts to what I did. When travelling overland (which is both the cheapest and the more environmentally friendly option), I'd recommend the following:
Col border - Quito - Guayaquíl - Chiclayo (Peru; I don't recall the name of the border crossing, but it's a seedy place, so watch after your stuff) - Lima - Arequipa - La Paz (Bolivia) - Oruro - Villazon - La Quiaca (Argentina) - Tucumán - Buenos Aires.
On these routes, there are intercity busses to speed up your travel. While typing, I begin to think that skipping Bolivia and choosing to travel through Chile instead may actually be quicker, given the frequent roadblocks in Bolivia (yes, they occasionally still do that).
All in all, the whole bit from Colombia to Buenos Aires should cost you roughly 200-300 USD. Hope this helps,