I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a sample route for travelign around south amrica. we land in sao paulo on may 15th and have two months to see everythign before heading to panama. we don't have a large budget, love beaches and nature, and plan to travel using buses. any must-sees or sample routes would be much appreciated. we don't want to do too much moving around (would like to stay for at least a week every place we go), but want o make sure we don't miss too much. thank you in advance for your help.
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[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2008, at 1:23 PM by bentivogli ]
2months is not a lot for a ontinent like SA, cause the distances are huge, and there are so many things to see!! I also began my trip in sao paulo and originally was about to travel for 3months, but roughly i would say:
Sao paulo to to Iguazu (if you havent been to rio you should try to go there, it is amazing, and then you can fly from rio to iguazu for the same price of a bus ticket!!)
Iguazu to Salta and the north of argentina (the area between salta and the bolivion border is awesome!)
Then tupiza and the southwest area of bolivia, then onto uyuni and the salt flats, potosi, sucre, la paz, the amazon basin (you can take a 3day tour for example in the jungle) and then enter peru through the lake titica area. This would take about 3weeks (if you are lucky and there are no road blocks!!)
Then you would have about 2-3 weeks left than you could try to do the south of peru (cuzco of course, arequipa and the colca canyon area) and end up in the not so beautiful Lima where you can catch a flight to panama.
Of course there MANY other options, but that one will give you the chance to get an overview of the amazing variety you can find in SA (beahes, high mountains, traditional areas, amazon forest, etc..)
x x Miriam x x