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11. Posted by Benito2k (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Thanks for your post!

Do you have a blog of your trip?

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Hi Benito,

I sure do. You need a hotmail address to be able to view it. If you send me your email in a PM, I'll send you on the url. :)

Ev

13. Posted by viviurugua (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Hi Benito...

Six months is a very good time to tour South America ... If you want to travel little money, you should use the bus and train.

I suggest (if you're looking to escape the snow) in January to visit southern Argentina and Chile is a good climate at that time of year ...

Perhaps it would be advisable to arrive first to Santiago de Chile, traveling south and then crossing the border into Argentina. To arrive in late February or March to Buenos Aires, then you can at crus Uruguay, by ferry, to Cologne, a colonial city, declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From there you can travel by bus to the capital, Montevideo, visit the historic Old Town district, the promenade on the Rio de la Plata. Dspu├ęs can travel to the east, there are amazing beaches and lots of nature, there is the Biosphere Reserve, declared by UNESCO.

You can also travel to the north, and knowing valleys, rivers, forests, and learn to ride rrales communities, people very friendly teaching you about customs and local foods ...

You can then cross into northern Argentino, and visit the Iguazu Falls, followed leego journey to a community of Amazonas, in Bolivia to visit indigenous communities on floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru-Machu Picchu to go ...

And if you have some time to continue to Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and the beaches of northern Brazil same or go down to Bay ...

That which I have named are safe destinations. And can travel with little money. Try to use the first three months for southern South America and the rest of the months, from northern Argentina to the Equator.

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15. Posted by Benito2k (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Thanks for the advice guys. The trip is getting pretty close now (!) and we still have no idea where to start!! Here are the facts;

We're leaving the UK in the first week of July
We both speak a little Spanish
Neither of us have been to SA before
Money is not that tight

Is it worth us spending a week somewhere like LA/the west coast to get ourselves into the travelling vibe or should we jump straight on in?

We really fancy Ilha Grande in Brazil and so might it be good to hit Rio first and then go to Ilha Grande and chill for a while and leave work behind?

Or maybe Argentina might provide a more gentle introduction to the continent?

16. Posted by Sendas (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Hi Ben,

My first post!

I would say dive straight in. Argentina or Chile would probably be a more gentle introduction to the continent. I'd definitely learn/brush up on your Spanish a little before coming - it makes those first few days a lot easier!

I am British, and have been living in Argentina for a few years now. I came with my Argentine girlfriend to set up an outdoor travel business in the mountains north of Cordoba city in central Argentina (I don't think it's really appropriate to advertise here, so PM me if you'd like more info).

Argentina is truly a wonderful country. Because of its size, there is a huge diversity of people/places/wildlife/terrain/climate etc. You could easily spend a year exploring within Argentina alone. My personal experience in Chile was slightly less positive. I didn't DISlike it, but felt that there was something lacking. Having said that, I'd love to explore the south of Chile.

Tricky gave you some good advice above. My advice is to try to get out of the big cities as much as possible. In my experience travelling, you get a much richer experience by getting out into the sticks a bit!

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Tristan
Sendas Travel

17. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Ben,

Had a quick google search of Sendas - looks like a good thing you got going on there and will look you up when my gf and I hit Argentina in 2010.

All the best,
Joey

18. Posted by Sendas (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Hi Joey,

Just to clarify - Ben is the original poster.

My name is Tristan, and I run Sendas Travel (and I posted above).

Cheers!

19. Posted by Benito2k (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Thanks for the advice, guys. It's been suggested to start in Colombia (flight into Bogota) and then work our way back round, through Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, and then finish in Brazil (flight from Rio) because of the time we're going out - July to December - in order to get the best weather in each place.

However, my worry with this is that we might end up like salmon - swimming the wrong way up the stream!! Will all the other backpackers be heading the other way if we do this? Part of the fun of travelling is meeting people and it will be a shame if everyone is going the opposite way to us!!

20. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Ben/Tristan,

Apologies to you both for the mix up.

Joey :)