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Six weeks in South America. What would you do?!

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1. Posted by notting (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y

Hi everyone!

I'm looking for a few ideas for a six week trip to South America that I am currently planning.

I would love to hear what you would do on a six week trip to South America! Where would you go, what would you see etc?

I am sort of thinking that it would be better to visit fewer places but in more depth?

Thanks
Notting

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Seeing that you're going in winter, I'd recommend not going south of the line BsAs-Santiago; much too cold. I guess I'd stick to the more tropical part; Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil.

As to in-depth vs high-speed travel; I'm a declared advocate of the former, so personally I'd stick in a single country, maybe make a quick hop over the border. Ecuador has plenty to offer to fill a six-week holiday, for instance. Bolivia would also be an excellent choice. Peru is slightly too big to see in its entirety in six weeks, but is also very nice. However I'm not sure what the weather is like in the Andes in winter; may well be nasty.

3. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 6y

Ecuador! Love that place, small country=shorter bus travel, loads to see and do, freindly people, and they use they american dollar, which means its super cheap to visit at the minute.

I would spend a week in Quito, then head to the pappalacta hot springs for a few days, then off to Mindo to relax even more, from there, if timing is right, i'd head to the coast to see some whales, then off to banos, if the volcano has settled down.. to do some rafting/biking/canyoning, and a trip into the amazon from there. I'd then go down to Cuenca and wander the streets, before going back to Quito.

Of course, it would be nice to escape winter and spend 6 weeks on the beach in nothern colombia :)

4. Posted by kellec (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Hi my dear!
only in Brazil you could spend more than 6 weeks visiting! trust in me!!!
well, what could you do? dependes if you have money to displacement by airplane. Brazil is larger than you can imagine and roads are not good, except if you take a private road. The best places to visit are: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do IguaƧu(Iguassu falls), Minas Gerais( a lot of historical towns like Ouro Preto and Tiradentes and very nice food), Amazonia, Pantanal( the most varied ecosystem of the world, excelent to fish). I wonder you will not have time see everything. Take for me, visit Rio de Janeiro, 3 days is enough and go to Minas Gerais, 3 days as well. from rio de Janeiro to ouro preto there are regular bus. It takes 6 hours. I not recomend you go by bus to amazonia or iguassu falls, it takes 3 days to amazonia and almost 2 to iguassu.
I hope could be usefull.

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[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 6y

I recommend you do not listen to kellec. 2 days Rio to Iguasu by bus. Aye, maybe if it breaks down quite a few times!!

I'd agree to stay in the northern half of SA. Bolivia is one of the best countries I have ever visited and the likes of Cusco in Peru isn't far by bus from La Paz when you have 6 weeks.

In Bolivia:

some nice trekking in Tupiza (south) with horse riding. Very cheap area and I found the food surprisingly varied and tasty.
up for a 4 day 4wd trip through the salt flats to see lakes, volcano's and the salt flats themselves
Potosi for the mines
sucre (Bolivia's second city) is beautiful when the weather is nice with lots of activities
La Paz is a brilliant town. Lots to see and do especially the cycling
Lake Titicaca and copacabana, and the islands.

and then just over the border, max 10 hours, you have Cusco the inca capital.

Good luck in the trip. 6 weeks is a great time to aclimatise yourself and have a fabulous time.