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1. Posted by vikas m (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

Hi all!
I am planning to visit the peru, chile,argentina and brazil towards july end.
I plan to do it by road,but if it is overambitious I am willing to take a few flights.
Could someone suggest me the best itenerary..which route shoul i take...start from brazil or peru ?..i will fly in from new york and fly back to san diego...
any information would be highly appreciated...as i know i wont get a complete picture by reading travel guides...
also if someone could suggest me a rough estimate of the trip...that would be great.I can take 3-4 flights,,,but do want to do the most by road,,,i can travel like a begger..stay at the cheapest places,,,eat at the dirty outlets,,use the cheapest public transportation..

thanks so much!!

vikas

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Although of course it's your choice to add the occasional flight, I would advise to spend those 5 weeks in 2 or maybe 3 countries. For example flying in Lima, flying out Santiago de Chile.

Also, I would add Bolivia to your itinerary, as it would be perfect to spend about 5 weeks travelling from Lima to Santiago. A possible very rough itinerary would be:

1 week Lima, Nasca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon
1 week Cusco, Machu Picchu
2 weeks Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Uyuni, Salt flats and southwest circuit in Bolivia
1 week San Pedro de Atacama and south to La Serena and Santiago.

Of course, if you would like to visit exactly those countries you mentioned, this woul be an option:
2 weeks Peru like described above
1,5 weeks northern Chile (arica, san pedro) and to Santiago.
Fly to Buenos Aires and on to Iguazu Falls and Rio: also about 1,5 weeks.

Very rough itinerary, but hope it helps you thinking about options.

3. Posted by vikasm (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Thanks a lot for the informationI have just started to plan out my trip..and am not very aware of the places to be seen etc.
I have a friend in brazil ,and one in peru..so these countries are a must.Also I am in thsi part of the world for a year and a half only,..so want to see as much as i can as i dont know when will i be able to make it again.
I still do want to see these countries..and dont mind taking more flights.I was thinking somewhat like this:

1 week in peru
fly to manaus ,brazil ..3 days at amazon
fly to salvador 1 day
bus to sao paulo 2 days
sao paulo + rio 3 days
igasu falls 2 days
fly to beunos aires and stay theer for 3 days
patagonia (soemwhere)- 3 days ( either fly or bus)

fly to the tip of chile and stay there for 2 days
4-5 more days in chile ..(still to find where)

or maybe i can start from manaus ,brazil-to rio ... and end in lima.

I dont really mind flying more if i can see more...pl put in your invaluable thoughts
i do appreciate your suggestions
thanks once again

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Hi again.

Understand what you want to do and it is possible of course. But let's say that flying around South America in 5 weeks is not the way to see more. I guess you will even see less, because you don't have enough quality time in most places. But that is just my opinion of course.

If you do some flying in Brazil, it is best to buy a Brazlian airpass. TAM (airline of brazil) has 4 flights for around 500 euro, that's about 750 USD.

Also check this site for possibilities on buying a South America airpass, which can save money if you intend to fly on more airlines and in more countries.

The best way to experience the Amazone is probably not in or around Manaus. Bolivia and Peru have good options as well. Or fly to Tefe from Manaus with Rico or TRIP airlines and see the Mamirau Reserve. They have 3 or 4 day trips which seem ok. I am off there myself in June for about a week.

I think it's als better to fly from Salvador to Rio and skip Sao Paulo. Gives you more time in Salvador and Rio and they are probably more interesting than Sao Paulo anyway.

Other airlines to check for tickets can be LanPeru, LanChile, Aerolinas Argentinas and several brazilian ones, like Gol, Tam and Varig.
In Patagonia, either visit El Calafate and surroundings, with the Perito Moreno glacier and Torres del Paine or fly to Ushuaia and visit Tierra del Fuego.

Have fun!
Michael

5. Posted by vikas m (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

Thanks so much for the reply..i now kind of realise that in order to see the most ..i would miss out seeing things properly..if amazon can be experienced well in peru ..then i guess it would make sense to start from salvador brazil-rio-beunos aires-patagonia-places in chile-peru (including amazon)..
i am still formulating my itenerary..and am flexible to any changes..i want to see the cities..natural beauty of patagonia and andes,,architectue-pre and post columbian..would lalso like to see the villages and the lifestyle of locals who stay away from the cities..and still follow old traditions- in short experience south america as much and as well i can in 5 weeks
ur informations and suggestions are always enlighting and i am really greatful for the same.
btw i stay in san diego california..if u plan to hit this side of the continent feel free to contact me
thanks once again

vikas