Hey all, I'm new to this site, and was just looking for a little bit of help.
I'm going RTW in April, looking to fly from UK to Sao Paulo, and spend 2 months travelling accroos to Santiago. This is my first time travelling, and I just wondered if anyone could offer any tips etc.
I've heard it's a relatively easy journey, do you think 2 months will be enough time, also is it easy to do on a budget.
I haven't been to SA yet but have been injected with most things for other places! Definitely get the meningicoccal jab - it's really just as important as the hepatis A and B ones, especially if you're in contact with children. Tetanus and all the other obvious ones are givens and yellow fever is worth having even if youre not sure you'll need it just so you have the certificate to wave in a grumpy border guard's face. I spent an awkward few hours on the Togolese border arguing on behalf of a friend who hadn't had it that she didn't have to be injected immediately with the very dirty needle the guards were proffering but could go back to a medical centre in the nearest town to have it done safely!
Cholera - I read a few weeks ago in the Guardian (decent UK broadsheet) that the World Health Organization had taken this off their recommendation list as it was never considered particuarly efficient and apparently new tests showed it had negligible benefit, if any at all! Basically this means there isn't any approved and effective vaccine for cholera at the moment - as much as i support immunisations i wouldnt encourage you to have more than necessary so you might want to check that out before you decide, especially if you have to pay for jabs like over here!
You won´t have problem with your language in my country, you´ll always find your way to comunicate in S.A, even though most of the people don´t speak english (I don´t know in which Argentina does luz live).
By the way, one month is too little time...one month will only take you a few Argentinian provinces! I would advice you to visit only C.A if you can´t spend more time.
You can see some northern adgentian pictures in my page, and others of Perú and Bolivia www.leobarragan.50megs.com
Brasil does indeed need a good month - if not more - on its own. I was out there for 2 months last year and travelled round by coach trying to "do" it thoughroghly and only really had time to do the southern half of the country. And even then there are loads of things that I would have liked to see that I didn't!
Having travelled round there and other places, I would actually recommend taking one month per country as there are plenty of things to see and do in each country. You could easily fill in a month in Argentina alone!!!