My girlfriend and I are planning a round the world trip. This involves a stop at Santiago.
Now, we are planning to head north from Santiago (or Mendoza, as it's just across the border) to USA (preferably California).
We figure that the cheapest way of doing this is bussing... However, we have been looking on the internet for prices or even routes that we could take, but have been unsuccessful!
Does anyone have any ideas as to prices or routes for bussing from Santiago to USA? Or is there a cheaper option? Time is not a great factor... but we'd prefer NOT to walk!
Please don't think this unhelpful but I would suggest that you can overplan these things. Unless you have to be somewhere specific at a certain time then on a RTW trip it is worth planning the major moves but realising that such things as busses from Mex to California are probably best sorted out when you are there.
After all that's half the fun.
I don't know the price of much of your travel, but an example fare is Santiago-Buenos Aires is about $50US one way.
If you went to do the long out of your way route instead of the quick route, a bus from Asunction in Paraguay to Sao Paulo in Brazil cost a bit over $100US. It costs about the same for a ticket from Iguaza Falls (border Argentina/Brazil and not far from Paraguay)- Sao Paulo. You'd have to check if you need a visa for some of these places, because a British passport allows you visa free entry in to Brazil and Paraguay, but an Australian passport requires a visa before arrival in Paraguay and Brazil.
One from Palenque to Mexico City cost over $50US
All of these prices have been over the last few months while I was on my round the world trip, so they shouldn't have changed much.
A trip from Flores (stop off for Tikal in Guatemala)to Palenque is approx $25 and that is also the price from Flores to a Mexican border town where you go through Belize to get to.
I didn't do my trip in the manner that you are talking at least not in that part of the world, so all of those prices are just side trips or big side trips where I eventually needed to come back to the place I landed in originally. But it sure will be an adventure and one you will want to continue far longer than you can do.
Also be aware that if you are American, Canadian, Australian and a couple of other nationalities which I can't recall, you will be slugged a fee when you arrive in Santiago airport before they let you in to the country officially. Canadians get it real bad (over $100US) and Americans get it not much better.
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 6, 2006 4:25 PM by aharrold45 ]
sounds like great fun, but you might like to fly the small section inbetween colombia and panama called the Darien Gap as it is well known for its large scale guerilla army activity including murders and kidnappings! Rates alongside Congo and Somalia as one of the most dangerous places on the planet.