Im a 23 year old welsh girl who's just about to embark on a 3 month trip to SA (cant wait)
It was abit of an impulse descision over xmas - and now im panicing about routes ect!
Im heading to Buenos Aires on the 6th march with a friend (shes out with me for 2 weeks - then she goes home and im all by myself! argh!shit!)
I have a return flight booked from rio on the 3rd June
there are some places that i just have to go to on the route (patagonia being one of them - Welsh connection and all!) and id love to make it up to peru.
any of you experienced travelers know if that sort of route is realistic in my 12 week timeframe? buenos aires-patagonia-chile-(then possibly flying to peru) - then working my way down to rio via bolivia)
anyone else about to do a similar route who's panicing as much as me??!!
would really appreciate some advice or just general info
thanks a bunch
First of all: you have a good amount of time, and your plans don't seem crazily unfeasible. As for itineraries:
- Patagonia's nice, but really only if you want to go trekking or do some other outdoor activity. If that isn't your thing, I'd advice you to use your time in another way. Also, bear in mind that Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego are relatively expensive.
- The route from Bolivia to Rio is nice, but only worth it if you make an intermediate stop to explore the Pantanal wetlands: otherwise it's a relatively boring journey through the Brazilian hinterland, involving little natural beauty.
- Come to think of it: I'd say you can get more out of this trip if you changed your flight out to an airport on the west side of the continent, such as Lima or La Paz. That allows for a more logical itinerary with more to see. Sure. Rio's splendid but it will still be there next time
If there's anything specific you want to know, don't hesitate to post back or pm me. Enjoy your trip!
I definitely recommend Buenos Aires for a week. It's unique in South America for its double culture of European and Latin American influences. You can see wild football games, great nightlife, aristocratic architecture, etc.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
As a Brazilian who has travelled all over SA, who lived in Peru for a whole year, living in Spain and working for a Peruvian tour operator, I have to tell you I agree with Bentivogli, except from the part concerning Brazil. Let me explain myself: the trip Bolivia - Rio is really worth your time and effort! Nature in this area is awesome! Also, there are tons to do in case you really want to enjoy culture!
On the other hand, I think Brazil alone is worth some time apart!
AS for the rest, I totally agree with our friend!
Best of luck,