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1. Posted by Lyds (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hello,

My friend and I are off to South America for July/August this year and obviously, having limited time we are really keen to see the best bits, the best sights, do the most exciting things, experience as much culture as we can, party as hard as possible and..... still find time for a little R&R !

I can see that there are some really useful tips posted already but if anyone is out there at the moment or been in the past It would be great to have a bit of a 'list' recommending what you see to be the unmissable bits in a sort of top 10 order! I appreciate that we're asking alot but there just seems to be so many amazing things to do we want to make sure that we get the most out of it!

Thankyou!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Machu Picchu
Iguazu Falls
Amazone
Pantanal
Perito Moreno Glacier
Torres del Paine
Bolivian Altiplano
Rio
Angel Falls
Galapagos

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

If you want only highlights, stay at home and watch discovery channel. Imo, travelling is about experiencing the cultures and scenery around you, and beauty can be found in dead-ugly slums as well in those falls that millions of japanese and koreans fly out to see. You have to create your own highlights, rather than following someone else's.

That said, my personal list would be:
1. Baños and surroundings, Ecuador
2. Ferry pto Montt - Punta Arenas, Chile
3. Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
4. Fitz Roy national park, Argentina
5. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
6. Yungas, Bolivia
7. Cataratas de Iguazú, Argentina/Brazil
8. Lake district, Bariloche
9. Cuzco, Peru
10. Atacama desert, Chile

4. Posted by AnnaD (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

"If you want only highlights, stay at home and watch discovery channel"

Is there any need to be like this????

Your tone is really not necessary, and it was felt in a response to a question i asked earlier!

Lyds and I are travelling for the first time together in July, we joined the forum to try and learn from others experience before we go not to be talked down to!!

No offence - your advice is appreciated however you could lose the attitude!

5. Posted by AnnaD (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

"If you want only highlights, stay at home and watch discovery channel"

Is there any need to be like this????

Your tone is really not necessary, and it was felt in a response to a question i asked earlier!

Lyds and I are travelling for the first time together in July, we joined the forum to try and learn from others experience before we go not to be talked down to!!

No offence - your advice is appreciated however you could lose the attitude!

6. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 9y

Quoting AnnaD

"If you want only highlights, stay at home and watch discovery channel"

Is there any need to be like this????

You will find a lot of his answers have been like that recently. God knows why... Maybe not enough hugs as a child? Mid life crisis? Maybe he has an in-grown toenail and is unable to Tango anymore! Most likely just delusions of grandeur.
just ignore his condescending little attitude as there are plenty of other people on here who are able, and willing, to help in a polite manner. I would take the advice about the falls and other areas of natural beauty. The reason why lots of people visit them is because they are spectacular examples of the continents "highlights" (sorry - had to ;))
I personally plan to visit SA this year and i am very much looking forward to visiting some of the major towns and cities like Santiago, Buenos Aires, Valprasio and so on.
Hope you have a great trip.

7. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 9y

Hi AnaD and Lyds!
I think there's a detail that has been forgotten, July/August is WINTER! Patagonia should be almost out of the question, unless you like skiing, and of course that is a kind of trip that costs a lot.
I think that the highlights you've been given are great (despite the tone), just try not to travel too down South.
Anything you need, feel free to ask, there's always plenty of people ready to help you out.
One place you shouldn't miss is Cuzco and sorroundings.
Good luck!!!!
Tonya

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting AnnaD

"If you want only highlights, stay at home and watch discovery channel"

Is there any need to be like this????

Well, I tend to get slightly upset of people who mostly seem to be interested in following other people's lead. Not just in travelling; pretty much everywhere. That's why; and remember my point about one having to create one's own highlights, I am quite serious about that.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 26, 2007, at 2:20 PM by bentivogli ]

9. Posted by Lyds (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Bentivogli - I am an individual and yes I want to create my own experiences not follow other peoples leads however please remember I live in the UK - I am travelling thousands of miles to visit an amazing continet and I want to see the most spectacular sights while I'm there so having people on this site share their views and experiences with me is much appreciated! If a certain place attracts thousands of people then it must be worth seeing! Who cares if there are 10 people there or 10 thousand? No 2 people will ever see or remember it in the same way so that doesn't make us all sheeps now does it!?!

You are obviously very well travelled but please don't speak to myself, my friends or anybody else on this site in such a condisending manor!!! We are all living our dreams and planning what we hope to be fantastic trips, there was a time many moons ago no doubt when you would have been planning your first real adventure so please try hard to think back to that time and ask yourself how you would feel if someone answered your questions with patronising, condisending arguments??? As I am sure you could imagine you are putting a dampener on things before we have even set off!!!

If you can not say anything without causing offence then please try and keep your opinions to yourself! I do not mean to be rude in anyway, I am hoping to make many friends on this 'journey' so if you have positive suggestions to make then of course your help and guidence will be much appreciated!

10. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

Lyds, very well handled.
You will have a great time in SA.
I don't have a top ten for you but i had a great time at Machu Picchu
& Iguazu Falls were excellent, but a must see from the argentinean side, not that impressive from the brazilean side, that my option anyway. Also we went to the isles of iros, lake titicaca.
Have a great time