Hi, I am now at the exciting stage of planning a 6 month trip to South America. The flights are booked - yeeeee ha. Get into Rio late October this year.
I have booked 10 nights in a hostel there and an airport pick up to get my wife and I started.
The question I have is where in particular, if anywhere, needs booked well in advance?
We approx plan on -
Pantanal maybe (??)
Obviously there will be various places in between.
I was going to book 10-14 days in Bs As as it will be over xmas and New Year as I would have thought that period will be busy.
That's all in the first 2.5 - 3 months. I can't see the point in booking anything at all after that.
I don't want to book too much as it reduces flexibility. Has anyone ever arrived anywhere and not been able to get accommodation for example?
I would like double/twin rooms now and again but happy with dorms in the main.
Anyway, thanks for reading this and I hope you can all offer some advice.
The only thing that matters are university summer breaks in dec/jan; during those, DO book or find most cheaper hostels packed. Else, the offer is such that you're likely to find a spot anyway, so no need to book.
unfortunately that looks like I am going to have to book a fair bit.
not to worry, I will just book a few that I really fancy and then take my chances on some others.
I will be booking the Navimag so I guess I will know when I am going to be in TdP and I know I will be in Bs As for xmas too.
Cheers for advice though.
I might be able to help with a couple of your destinations;
If you intend visiting Icuazu Falls from the Argentinian side, do not miss the Hostel-Inn Iguazu! In a year's round the world travelling, this is easily one of my top three hostels; it's more like a five star hotel. Better still, you can book on line. For a taster, have a lookee here:
Don't miss the Pantanal!!! The way we got there was by booking a trip from the Hostelling International place opposite the bus station in Campo Grande (again, a quick web search will turn up the details you need) and, again, here's another completely gratuitous link to my blog
Buenos Aires is fabulous; I'm dying to go back to Argentina; great people, great culture, great food (for carnivores) and great weather.
By contrast, Santiago is fine but not as welcoming/easygoing as B A.
Just my tuppence worth, but I hope this helps.
Have a fantastic trip!
top tips thanks.
As I read your blog it sounded familiar and then I realised I had read it all before!
The hostel you mention at Iguazu is the one I have been looking at too so you've pretty much made my mind up that I will be booking it up.
The one place I am struggling to find accommodation in is Curitiba so if you know of anything let me know thanks.