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1. Posted by deberina (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

We're planning a trip with Budget Expeditions (La Paz to Lima) -has anyone used them before?? Any hidden costs to be aware of??

Also planning on travelling independently through Argentina and Chile -any advice or recommendations??

thanks!

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

Travelling independently through Argentina and Chile is easy and comfy and just the way to do it! I would highly recommend the northern parts of Argentina, such as Salta, Calafate, Tafi del Valle and Tucumán - nice climate, awesome food and wine, and not as crowded (with tourists) as the rest of Argentina. If you're in to hiking and don't have time to go all the way down south: go for Bariloche with surroundings. Absolutely stunning, just as cool as Mt Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine, but less crowded.

Argentina is much cheaper so if you can, try to do all the long distance travelling in Argentina and just skip over to Chile every now and then when there's something you want to see. The roads in southern Chile are non-existent anyway.

If you have any more specific questions, feel free to send me a message!

//Susanna

3. Posted by deberina (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Thanks Susanna!

We'll be sure to look those places up!! It all sounds so amazing we can't wait to get started!!

deborah

4. Posted by crisgamont (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

If you have problems with cold weather try to avoid the very bottom of Patagonia cause it´s getting pretty cold and rainy.You can enter to Chile From Uyuni threw the salt flats, into San Pedro, and From there keep moving down, to reach wherever you want to go.

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

Susanna, don't you mean Cafayate? El Calafate is down south... only natural mixing them up, I guess, and both are recommendable, even though El Calafate is a major detour if you just go to see the glacier.

Niels

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

Quoting bentivogli

Susanna, don't you mean Cafayate? El Calafate is down south... only natural mixing them up, I guess, and both are recommendable, even though El Calafate is a major detour if you just go to see the glacier.

Niels

Yeah, of course... I mix them up all the time. Cafayate is what I meant!!! El Calafate is way down south and is actually not that nice.

//Susanna

7. Posted by deberina (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

thanks to both of you will definitely keep these in mind!!

debs

8. Posted by Acdale (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

I recently did a trip on Budget Expeditions from Santiago to Quito and it was the best experience of my life! Absolutely loved every minute of it. Yes you get less freedom than if you are travelling on your own but getting to experience South America with 30 likeminded, fun people together on a bright yellow bus more than makes up for it! Just budget around $30 a day spending money and this covers and additional food, nights out and any extras (like white water rafting) that you might do. Any other help needed about South America or budget Ex just let me know! ali x

9. Posted by tom_kirk (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

hey

i recently travelled on a budget expeditions trip from Lima to Rio for about 2 months it was a fantastic trip and like snatterand said theres not as much freedom when your with a group but the people you meet more than make up for it and the tour leader we had was a good laugh.....just be prepared to do alot of work like cooking/cleaning and waking up at ridiculous times in the morning. but if your group is anything like mine be prepared to drink a far bit cuz these tours are famous there parties!