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Need some tips for traveling in SA - especially in Chile

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

I realy want to discover South America. I m already in Valparaiso (Chile) and want to visit Santiago, Puerto Montt, Antafogasta, Atacama desert. But that all are cities and im also interested to see some natur. I would love to see rain forest somewhere! Does anybody advise a region? For example bolivia or something else!
I¨m traveling alone and would be happy for anybody who liked to join my tour....

Jeronimo Weerts

2. Posted by spootnik (Full Member 62 posts) 9y

Bolivia or Brazil but Brazil is a more expensive destination.

3. Posted by BelPeru (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Sure thing if you want to see nature itself, go to Peru and/or northern Brazil to visit Amazonia. Concerning prices, you're gonna find them all in dollars, so there's not much difference!
I'm a Brazilian living in Peru. I work for a travel agency here and in Brazil I used to do the same.
For any pro advice, send me a mail!!!

Cheers,

Isabel

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Jeronimo W

I realy want to discover South America. I m already in Valparaiso (Chile) and want to visit Santiago, Puerto Montt, Antafogasta, Atacama desert. But that all are cities and im also interested to see some natur.

Buses are the best way to get around. Tickets are relatively inexpensive and easy to purchase at the stations.

Okay, from Valparaiso it's easy to get to Santiago, it's a short bus ride. Stay downtown, and if you want to see some nature it might be a good thing to head into the Andes at this point. There are tours you can take, horse riding trips and such that can be organized out of Santiago.

Puerto Montt is south, an overnight bus ride. I'd recommend staying in Puerto Varas instead - nicer, smaller town with all the same access to the great things around the lake district - hiking Orsono, Andes mountain boat trips, etc. Either town has LOTS of opportunities to arrange tours out of them.

Antofagasta is way north. Assuming your coming back from the lake district, you'll have to go back through Santiago (over night bus again), and then travel 700 miles north to Antafagasta. You might want to break up the journey stopping somewhere in between Santiago and Antofagasta, but I must admit I rode the bus straight through from Arica to Santiago, so I can't make any suggestions.

From there, you can head up north, through the desert, and wind up in Northern Chile - perhaps Arica, which is a nice little beach town.

Quoting Jeronimo W

I would love to see rain forest somewhere! Does anybody advise a region? For example bolivia or something else!

From Arica, you can head into Bolivia and go to La Paz. It's high up in the Andes. From there, you can go down the other side of the Andes and wind up in the Amazon.

I don't think there's much "jungle" rain forest on the western side of the Andes.