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1. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

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 -
Ilha Grande
Iguazu Falls
Pantanal maybe (??)
Bs As
Pt Montt

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.


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

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.

3. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

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.

4. Posted by andymoore (Respected Member 24 posts) 9y

Hi Tricky,

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!



5. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

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.