I am planning a trip for the end of the year to South America. Ideally I would like to spend up to a month there. Countries I have to get to: Peru, Chile, Argentina. Countries I would like to add: Brazil or more. I do not mind flying but would like to stick to buses or trains. I would be doing this on a tight budget.
I need help with everything. When is the best time to go? What cities are a MUST SEE? What things are a MUST DO? Where are the best and cheapest places to stay? Homestays? What is the best way to get to these countries from the surrounding countries? Where should I start?
Any help would be very appreciated!!!
SA is a huge continent, so travelling around by bus would waste a lot of your time!
In my opinion, you should do Argentina - Chile - Peru - Brazil, arriving in Buenos Aires and leaving from São Paulo!
Well, I also sent you a message, just in case you want to chat about it!
Sounds like you have your mind set. I know you probably don't want to hear this but you need a lot more time there if you wish to enjoy it. Otherwise you will be traveling every other day. the first thing you should do is research any particular events in the countries and cities you are visiting. (i.e) When ski season opens and n Bariloche, Argentina, when the beach season starts in Punta del este Uruguay, Creamfields in BA, carnival in RIO and the best time to climb macchu piccu in peru.
One city at time and go from there. Busses are everywhere in S.America. They drive international and local. you can find prices time and routes at any major city transportation dept. (if you don't speak the language just point to map and they will point you in the right direction).
P.S. if you would like more informationhave a look at my blog. I did a trip very similar to yours. http://playnowworklater.travellerspoint.com