I am so jealous that you are in South America. I was there last year and I fell in love with Argentina. Beautiful country with friendly people.
If you're looking to go skiing or snowboarding I strongly recommend going down to Bariloche. It's the end of the season now though, so check out the weather before you go. There are lots of other stuff to do there besides skiing.
Have a look at www.argentinadiscover.com and www.welcomeargentina.com for more info.
For accommodation, I stayed at La Bolsa Hostel, best hostel I've ever stayed at, met some awesome people that I still keep in contact with. I loved this little town so much that I ended up staying for 3 weeks instead of 4 days as I planed..
You've probably heard this before but Iguazu water falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina is a must.
And while you're in Rio, if you're interested in diving you should go to Ihla Grande. An Island out side of Angra dos Reis, which is about a 3 hour bus ride from Rio. They have some great wrecks there, including a helicopter that crashed a few years ago.
They also have some nice bush waking, surf beaches and beautiful scenery.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Have a great day.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Hey, the favella tour does sound interesting would you reccomend the same tour and hostel? So I have 5 weeks to get to Santiago, could i manage to see some of Brazil and get down to Patagonia without flying? I am on a strict budget so flying is not really an option but i want to see as much as i can. Ive also heard that Goiás and teh north east of Brazil are worth a visit but im thinking if i go that far it will time consuming and expensive getting back to argentina especially patagonia. Could anybody tell me realisitcally what we could travel in 5 weeks on a budget.
Honestly, to try and get up to Brazil, down to Patagonia and then across to Santiago in 5 weeks is going to be a challenge. Doable if you are flying, but by overland travel it would be a bit of a feat!
I would recommend either extending your time in South America, or alternatively just focus on a more realisitic route. Patagonia is probably the most challenging part - it takes time to get down there, and depending on the time of year you travel there, transport isn't always so reliable. Patagonia isn't somewhere to try and fit in - you need to devote a few weeks to this part of the trip in my opinion.
That said, if you think you want to stick to your original plan, I'm sure it is possible, but you would jsut be rushing through everything, and what's the point in that?
In terms of your daily budget, you will find that it will vary depending on what countries you travel to. For example, the daily budget in Chile, Brazil and Patagonia is going to be higher than, say, Peru, Bolivia, the rest of Argentina, Uruguay, etc...etc...
I think if you aim for an average (across the countries) of $25-30USD a day, this is a good amount to travel comfortably on.
If you do end up in Rio, I would consider Mellow Yellow and the Dont be a Gringo, Be a Local tour. I thought it was excellent.
Hope that helps! Enjy your travels!
Yeah thanks samsara been a while i know but i have managed to have a good look into trip now. Looking at Brazil im interested in seeing the Iguazu falls, Patanal and Ouro Prato. Would like to get over to Bolivia and see the salts flats and other parts of the country but I also want to spend some time in Buenos Aires and North Argentina such as Mendoza. How would you reccomend I go about doing this? or you have any other reccomendations? Is it feasible to do the following
Rio - Ouro Prato - Sao Paulo - Iguazu Falls - Campo Grande Patanal - Boliva salts flats and other parts of the country - North Argentina - Buenos Aires - Mendoza - Santiago
In 6 weeks?
Or Rio - Campo Grande - Igazu Falls - Uruguay - Buenos Aires - Santa Fe - North Chile Salt flats - Mendoza - Santiago
What you do you think? You got any other ideas?