I can't give you 10 must sees, but I can give you a few that are my favourite things (1 is a once in a lifetime thing).
1. Go to Easter Island to be in the most remote habitated place on earth.
2. Rio De Janiero
3. Iguazu Falls (Brazillian side is best for photos especially on a clear,sunny day, but Argentina side is most amazing)
4. Machu Picchu
5. Torres del Paine
6. Buenos Aires (mainly for the architecture)
That's about the best of the places I can comment for, but Angel Falls looks pretty amazing as well.
Have a great trip.
I am planning a trip myself and I have to say in addition to the places mentioned already Ilha Grande (just south of Rio) looks spectacular. Google it or send me a message and I can get you a good link.
Torres del Paine and the boat trip from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales look truely amazing.
I had a forum about it a page or two back if you want to check it out.
Good luck. Planning is great fun too.
Thanks for all the ideas they are much appreciated!!
I agree that that stay at home crap was unnessasary and may I add that the true adventure in travel is not the destination, attraction etc but the personal experience you have when your there.
It doesnt matter where you go and what you see, its all about the growth you obtain by stepping out of the comfort zone of your own culture and becoming part of another.
The sites you see and the people you meet are just maps to opening the spiritual doors within yourself to truly connect with the reason for being, the reason for life itself.
I think its great to have a set plan before setting out providing that you are open to change when your in the moment and go with the flow that feels good to you at the time.
The other thing is the main attractions are just that because they are amazing in there own right. To find more off the beaten path stuff you need to either know people who know these places or move about with the intention to stop and explore lesser known places and most people dont have the time to do this.
if you're planning a trip to chile, you should consider to visit valparaiso (1hr from santiago).. its a great city, full of life and beatiful buildings; 1 or 2 days will be enough
it's the ultimate place to spend a new year's eve btw
Take no notice of Bent.... He's always on here spouting off about something. The guy has a serious chip on his shoulder.
Anyway to business. SA is so vast that in a two month trip you'll never see everyting you might want to. So inevitably you have to cherry pick the things that interest you.
We were in SA last April/May and went to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. My personal top ten, not in any particular order would be:
1. Iguazu - definitely do both sides, but 1 day Argentina and half day Brazil is plenty
2. World's Most dangerous road Bolivia (We used Gravity company - very good)
3. Mendoza - great wine
4. Uyuni jeep trip - the scenery is amazing
5. La Paz - one crazy city, great fun
6. Lake Titicaca - particulary enjoyed Isla del Sol
7. Buenos Aires - very European in feel
8. Salkantay trek ending at Macchu Pichu - MP is cool but I was very sick so didn't appreciate as much as I should
9. Salta in northern Argentina - lovely city, especially the music
10. San Pedro de Atacama area - el tatio geysers and other trips.
I could go on easily. SA is amazing, you'll have a great time. My top tips would be don't try to do too much as you spend all your time travelling and not enough time appreciating what's there.
And if you can get to a decent level of Spanish it will help so much.
If you're planning to go to Brazil at all and you make it past Rio and up to Salvador, please try and make it out to Lencois (6hrs by bus from Salvador) and the Chapada Diamantina National park. It boasts the highest single spout water fall in Brazil and its a fabulous place to be, treks go for anything up to 10days but you can do one or even three day treks if you want .
I discovered it by accident but since I went and was back its even been written about in one of our National newspaper (Guardian) supplements as some of the best S.A hiking terrain!
Good luck girls