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1. Posted by larsen611 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

What do you travellers think about Chile and Argentina? Is it worth going to? And how long would you think it would take to bus it down Chile and up argentina to Brazil? or shoudl i again skip it and just head straight through to brazil?

thanks a bunch, just working out last minute details....

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Argentina's landscapes are quite similar to Chile's so if you are stuck for time, you could rule out one of those countries maybe. That said, they each are worth visting in their own right.

How long it would take to get around really depends on how many days you want to stop in various places, etc.

Just to give you a rough idea:

To get from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes about 24 hrs by bus. From Santiago down to the Lake District is about 12/13. And then if you want to go further south in Chile, travel becomes a little slower and takes more time, but is so worth it!

To bus from the very south of Patagonia up to Buenos Aires would take 3 days (ish) thats if you're not really planning on spending any time anywhere inbetween. From Buenos Aires up to Rio is about 50 hrs or so.

If you need any more help, let me know.

Hope that helps,

Evelyn ;)

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Chile and Argentina quite similar? Well, that depends.

But the north of Chile is desert and altiplano, really great. You can also take a flight, not that expensive.
In the south there lots of nice places, like the boat trip from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales, the perito moreno glacier (one of my favorites) and Tierra del Fuego. Really, don't skip Patagonia, it's totally different.
When winding you way up, visit Peninsula Valdez.

All depends on time, but sometimes a flight or even a more relaxing train ride comes in welcome.

4. Posted by larsen611 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Well im planning on trying to sightsee some of both countries, i have at the least one month to get down chile and up argentina, and at the most two months. Do you think that will be enough time to see alot of the places, i have roughly two months going down and up those countries, and two months to get to brazil and stay there, than after that i have 3 months to get back tomexico and fly home....

thank you all for the help! its much needed.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

I can only speak for Chile and Argentina, but 2 months total, so going down in a month and up in month, will really be sufficient to see most great sites.
Example: about 2 weeks in the northern most part of Chile, followed by a nightbus to santiago (ok, it's 24 hours but if you take semi-cama bus, you will sleep like a baby). Then going south to see the volcano area (villarica and surroundings), ending in Puerto Montt. Then a boat to Puerto Natales or flight to Punta Arenas. In that area visiting perito moreno and maybe cerro fitz roy. I guess know you have travelled 5 weeks.
From there go to Tierra del Fuego and do some walking and boattrip on the beagle channel, very nice. Then maybe a flight to Peninsula Valdez, as in between there not so much to see. And then up to Buenos Aires and to Iquazu Falls.

I don't know if you want to do serious hiking/tramping and stay a lot in national parks, if you do so then you need more time, but this way it's no problem.
Again, highlights not to be missed: Lauca national park, atacama desert, volcan area, glaciers and fjords in the south, tierra del fuego, peninsula valdez, BA and iguazu falls.

Have a great time. Michael.

6. Posted by larsen611 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

so about how much do these small flights cost?
im am on a very strict budget, as i will be travelling for two years on a 10,000 budget.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Ok, did'nt know that, but in that case it will be a week budget!

8. Posted by larsen611 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

im also working while im down there, getting free room and board, all i have to pay for is transportation, and for hostels here and there....
thats not to bad of a budget...i think anyways.