I am planning an around the world trip starting in Sept/Oct. We will be flying into Santiago approx early July and are hoping to travel through Argentina to Uruguay then up to Rio. Has anyone else travelled this route at this time of year? What will the weather be like at this time? Will it still be warm, possible beach weather? or will it be cold?
Yes!!! you are sooo lucky!!!
well I was living in Sao Paulo.... I will start from BUenos Aires
you take a Ferry crossing the "Rio de la Plata" to Colonia, Uruguay (a beautiful spanish town by the sea). You can see this in 1 day, have some lunch, cabrito montado and drink "Patricia" Beer (jejeje I still remember because it's my name
than you head up to Montevideo and later to beautiful Punta del Este (this is like MIami with lots of sailboats, sea lions and casinos...)
stay for a couple of days... here is where the Rio de la Plata meets with the Atlantic Ocean.. quite amazing..
then take the midnight bus to Florianopolis and that island is just heaven! stay in the Youth HOstel and go first to Praia Mole... the island has 32 diferent beaches.. it is a lot.. don't miss the nude beach and the sand dunes
then find about Oktoberfest in Blumenau.. it is like 5 days party, party, party!!! lots of beer, drinking competition and dancing.. Blumenau is the second biggest German comunity after Germany (of course!!!)
then go to Curitiba, it is a beautiful and modern city.. then to the big city Sao Paulo (it is the second biggest city after Tokio: 22 million people!!!)
I took one local bus and it cost me R$2.00 and got to take amazing pictures trough all the city...
Then take the bus to Rio de Janeiro, stay outside the big beaches (Copacabana, Leblon, Barra da Tijuca) to save some $$$ and then take the metro R$2.00 to move around
I recomend Hotel Regina (3 stars, from 39 EURO with big breakfast included) 22210040 Rua Ferreira Viana 29 Flamengo
1/2 block from the metro and 1/2 block from the beach
go to Sugar loaf, Corcovado, jardin Botanicao, Jockey Club... and of course spend most of your time in the beach!!!
Down south it is summer time!!!!
July/August is SA winter, so prepare for chilly weather along the Atlantic coast, spring-like weather in northern Argentina, and real cold in the Andes, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Uruguay in July is dismal, but maybe I just had my portion of bad luck last year.