Well, I guess if you look at my example for an itinerary, it wouldn't be such a bad idea to take some flights. But to be honest, my experience is, that it costs much more money and sometimes it doesn't mean more time at places. you loose a day anyway. Not even speaking of environmental stuff etc, but that's your choice of course
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 26, 2007, at 6:17 AM by Utrecht ]
I totally second Utrecht; flying doesn't necessarily save you any time at all, plus in my opinion it's totally immoral to pollute the environment like that, just for your own fun.
Busses are safe, comfortable, reliable and rather quick. Just limit your itinerary in such a way that flying is not necessary; in any random part of SA, there is plenty to be seen and done.
If flying is so immoral how do you manage get to SA in the 1st place - old fashioned sailing ship? Every modern form of transport pollutes and, per person per mile travelled, most modern aircraft are more economical than buses and cars (i'm aware of the additional effect of pollutants being dispersed at 30,000 feet). Not to mentioned the damage cars and buses do to the enviroment in regards to the building of huge highways and roads across continents. If everyone stopped using air travel we would need a lot more roads and rail lines. Perhaps its time to come down off your high horse and give the poor thing a rest!
You can fly from Buenos Aires to Rio, it's a long way and the best there is to see there if you travel along the cost are beaches, not good in July. The rest of the itinerary Utrecht suggested is ideal, doable by bus and/or train, packed what paradise-like spots to explore.
The cheapest airline between Argentina and Chile is called GOL. the site is www.voegol.com.br (or .ar if you buy from Argentina)
Before giving the obvious (and false) arguments against my view, first have a look in the other posts re this issue; there's a pretty lengthy thread about it somewhere in the general talk-forum.
1st of all you cannot possibly give any conclusive evidence to say that my "obvious" arguments are false. There are enviromental costs to all modern forms of transport.
Secondly, the point i am trying to make to you is that people who go on these types of RTW travels will often see it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Given this fact i don't think it is helpful to talk down to people about the "evils" of air travel - you may enjoy travelling for the best part of a day in a clapped out bus on pot holed roads but most people don't (at least not 1st timers). It is, for most people, the easiest and fastest way of travelling long distances (not to mention the safest). I have no problem with trying to encourage more enviromentally friendly travel but you can do it without talking down to people or preaching to them. "totally immoral" is a strong term to use to describe someone who just wants to see the world.
I think of course the stretch between europe and SA has to be done with a plane, it's just to say that if you really don't need a flight, don't do it. Just as a thought, nothing more
Thanks everyone for all your suggestions.