I am taking an organized tour from quito to rio, september-nov. However, after i plan to backpack with 2 other girls down to Patagonia and end up in Santiago. We are looking at a month to do all this (Nov 21-Dec21) and leave some time at the end in Santiago to go to Mendoza for a few days, so realistically maybe 3 weeks or so (is this too long/too short??)
We want to stop in Buenos Aires and have looked at Bariloche, El Calafate, Punta Arenas and Ushuaia. I have been told the Puerto Moreno glacier is a must see.
Has anyone done this sort of route and can suggest specific places or sights to see? way of transportation? accomodation?
We looked at possibly getting a south american airpass but it seems kind of pricey and you wouldnt get to see as much scenery. Is the bus system decent in these parts? I have had some trouble finding out information on the bus routes online.
We are looking to do this as cheaply as possible, staying in hostels or even camping maybe, since the tour took quite a chunk out of the budget.
We are also wondering if its worth it to go as far south as Ushuaia or to just stick to Punta Arenas as the most southern stop.
Any advice, comments, help etc would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks in advance
Afew answer to help you out.
Buses in Brasil and Argentina, are pretty good, though the distances to cover sometimes are enormous, so is a lot better to go for plane tickets, for example from BA to the south, Ushuaia or Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier, don´t even think of a bus.
Of course it all depends on how much time you have as well, but that one for instace is a massive drive.
If you are in trekking there are a couple of places you must go to, one and probably the best is El Chalten in Arg, 3hrs from el Calafate, then TdP in Chile (Torres del Paine), Ushuaia has some really nice treks as well but the best ones demand for you to pay someone to take you.
The north of Argentina is impressive as well and completely different to the south, with some good treks as well and not that many tourists at all.
Airlines that you should check on:
Hope that it helps.
PS: who are you doing the organiced trip with?
Thanks for your info! I will look into flights then. The airpasses you have a minimum of 3 flights so we could potentially fly from Rio to BA and then BA to somewhere down south and then somewhere else down there to Santiago i suppose.
Im doing the tour with GAPadventures, hopefully it will be a good trip. We were apprehensive about doing a long organized trip in case we didnt like the company or the people on it, but in the end we thought it would be the best option for that area and to do something solo later on.
Do you know if you can rent equipment reasonably for trekking while in Patagonia? Or how cold it would be in late nov/dec? We werent planning to pack a ton of warm clothes.
I would advice you to take stuff with you, besides, Patagonia is Patagonia and the weater can be great at one time and hell the next...be prepared even more if your plan is trekking.
You can definetly buy stuff down there, but pricey...