planning on travelling in S America next year.
what's my best option for flights, transport in general???
should I get one of these multi trip tickets/airpasses or fly to one destination and book flights as I go?
or is by bus the only way to go??
am planning on Cuba, Mexico City then down to Buenos Aires with as much as possible in between - Rio, Catagena, Machu Pichu, Lima, La Paz, Santiago are musts.
How long do you have for travelling central and south america?
I would say you buy a return ticket (to cuba and from BA for example) and just see how you arrange flight or bus tickets in between.
From the major cities you mentioned, lots of flight possibilities to other places. Don't know if there are airpasses between all the places you mentioned. Mostly, airpasses are within a country or of just one airline.
Although I don't know if you are more the city person instead of natural stuff, I would say that Lima and Santiago aren't anything special. La Paz is ok, but nothing much either. BA, Rio are much better.
It has been said in other threads before, but try to travel by land as much as possible. Not only environmental wise, but also because travelling overland is much more fun and gives a real travel experience.
Other places of interest might be the bolivian altiplano, northern chile (around san pedro, lauca national park), Iguazu Falls and the Amazone basin.
Have fun! Michael.
I got an airpass for Brazil which worked out well given that I only had 2 weeks in Brazil.... having said that, I did travel by bus from Brazil through Argentina and Bolivia... the buses are reasonably priced, and surprisingly comfortable. I'd definately choose this option if you have the time.
Bus isn't the only, but by far the best way to go. If there is such a thing as sustainable travel, flying isn't part of it.
On the other side, there is much added value in taking busses. Think of contact with local population, the slower pace of travel which is helps you enjoy the experience all the more, the comfortable SA busses, the beautiful scenery you'd otherwise miss out on...
GO BY BUS!
LAN Chile offers now also an Airpass
thanks for your replies.
if taking a long bus journey, do buses stop for long enough anywhere en route to get off and have a look around? or will, eg, a 24 hr bus ride mean i'm literally sat on the bus for those 24 hours???
The long haul buses usually only stop for short breaks at road stations. I think the longest break I've had on a long haul bus trip was about 50 mins. Plus the places they usually stop are just gas stations/road side diners in the middle of nowhere... short answer is you probably won't have time to get off the bus and explore anywhere. But the scenery from the bus is always great and yep, if you have the time, I'd definately go by bus as bentivogli suggests.
Busses will stop for meals and personal sanitation, but that's about it; no time for looking around. But since there are so many of them, you can easily break up a long journey in separate shorter legs, and do it at your leisure. Really, I cannot stress enough how comfortable and enjoyable bussing through SA is