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1. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

So i'm going to South America in Sept.

Im travelling alone and have a rough idea of the places and cities i want to visit. My question is should I book hostels, transport etc, before I leave OR should I just book flights and accom at my fist destination and see what happens from there?

Do you guys usually stick to an itinerary?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5556 posts) 7y

Hi,
Really don't need to book accommodation or transport in advance, there is alway a room or a seat in bus or train available in most countries in Sout America. And of course it gives you more flexibility with travelling. Sometimes you want to stay longer, sometimes shorter than expected.
I usually don't have a fixed day to day itinerary, but I have a specific route in mind, and will see how many nights I will spend somewhere depending on who you meet, what you want to see etc.
Hope this helps.
Have fun! Michael

3. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Hi,
Really don't need to book accommodation or transport in advance, there is alway a room or a seat in bus or train available in most countries in Sout America. And of course it gives you more flexibility with travelling. Sometimes you want to stay longer, sometimes shorter than expected.
I usually don't have a fixed day to day itinerary, but I have a specific route in mind, and will see how many nights I will spend somewhere depending on who you meet, what you want to see etc.
Hope this helps.
Have fun! Michael

thanks Mike.. yeah I do have a route in mind.
Think i might just book my flight and then see what happens when i land

4. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 322 posts) 7y

I am going over in October and what I have done is book the first 10 nights accomodation in a hostel I really want to stay in - Mellow Yellow in Rio.

After that I have booked 2 weeks accommodation over xmas and new year in Bs As and finally I booked the Navimag (Chilean Patagonia) in mid January.

Other than this it will be just taking it as it comes.

I figured these were all fairly important times and I will prob book the Inca Trail for some time in early April, maybe late March as I am leaving Lima 25th April.

Basically got 6 months for Rio - Lima but as has been said so much is available and you prob won't go without.

No harm in booking a few nights for when you arrive imho though, especially if it includes an airport pick up as that will be handy.

5. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

i never book in advance because i always change my mind anyways .. was set to do 3 months in brazil and here i am in chile ..just see how it goes ....... i arrived in cusco during their festival and still managed to find a cheap hostel .... but its true, if youre a bit worried about certains time its better to reserve in advance..... same if youre arriving late at night...

6. Posted by DiegoJesus (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi, I'm going to Salvador, Brazil, in January for the carnival, then plan to travel within South America. Does anybody what's the cheapest airlines to fly from Santiago to La Paz, from Lima to Quito, and from Quito to Panama? I'm also planning to travel within Central America by bus, is it doable, or is it best to fly between destinations? Has anybody travel by bus?

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 7y

Hi,
Santiago to La Paz-----LAN Chile/LAN Peru,or Taca

Lima to Quito same Airlines,but you could go by bus from Lima to Guayaquil,from there by bus via Cuenca,Banos to Quito.
from Quito to Panama with COPA{Panama) or TACA to Panama City.
COPA stops also in Guayaquil.

8. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Im also heading over in Oct. Flyuing into BsAs. We dont have anything booked as we only have rough estimates of how long we will stay in each place, however, we have chosen a place for xmas nad NY and will be booking it before the end of the summer.