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1. Posted by mogova (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi, I will be traveling solo in 2 weeks for 6 weeks around S. America and I have been reading a lot but trying to find cheaper ways to travel among countries like which companies are more reliable and cheaper.

2. Posted by Gino (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

what companys do you like

3. Posted by buscando (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Hey how's it going?

If your in the vicinity of, let's say the Patagonia ( Chile through to Uruguay) you might want to check out a bus line by the name of EGA: Empresa General Artigas. I've travelled on it twice: once when I was 14 and two years ago. You might want to check out another bus line by the name of El Rapido(from Argentina but travels to Chile). The ride was excellent and the amenities ready and available. The service is tops but I don't remember the price of travels but I presume it's affordable 'cause I got on and I ain't rich, well, at least not yet !!! lol. happy travelling

PS oh just found the website for EGA. Here it is: http://www.egakeguay.com/

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[ Edit: Edited on Jul 28, 2007, at 1:33 AM by buscando ]

4. Posted by jth70 (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

I sugest just because i been there, take taxi cab if you take a regular city bus you never know whats on it.

but for city to city take mini vans

5. Posted by buscando (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

I sugest just because i been there, take taxi cab if you take a regular city bus you never know whats on it.

but for city to city take mini vans.

I was'nt reffering to taking a city bus or anything if this is what your message is implying. I was talking about long distance travel on bus equivalent to Greyhound buses found throughout North America. I find that the long distance travel buses are optimal when travelling in South America- Like I've done in the past. I even think they're better equipped than the buses here in N.A.: very comfortable, modern, and these buses are coming from Europe or at least they're manufactured in SA with European influence: Models and such.etc... And one more thing: I spent 6 months in Santiago Chile and I rode on the buses all the time and never encountered any problems with anyone. Execept for one time when some dude got on the bus via the back door( I was surprised to see the driver let him on without paying). He sat right next to me, as I could see him through my peripheral, but then moved on to the front, for I secured my belongings! And then out of the blue, he ripped the purse out of a ladie's hands and fled and fast as he feet could take him! I was astonished to see this! MY point: Just be aware of your surroundings when on buses in the city or for anything in that case. Use your common sense!!!

6. Posted by pablodf (Inactive 8 posts) 9y

I don't know what's it like in Chile, but Argentina's bus system is extremely good. From another thread I see you're going to Paraguay or the north of Argentina and then south and to Uruguay. Once you cross over to Argentina, I can recommend Crucero del Norte. All the companies are more or less OK, but this one's superb and may cost mere $$$ above average, and you get first-class airplane treatment (I mean warm dinner with beer/wine/champagne, fully reclinable seats, a pillow). This is if you want to do e.g. Posadas (Misiones Province), see the Jesuit Reductions around, and then check out places along the Paraná River like Rosario and finally get to Buenos Aires. (BTW we can meet if you stop in Rosario!) If you want to avoid BA (I would), you can go from Rosario to Colón (Entre Ríos) in less than 5 hours on the Rápido San José (IIRC), and from there cross the river to Paysandú, Uruguay.