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1. Posted by hellosweet (Budding Member, 26 posts) 19 Mar '09 03:00

Hey all,

My friend and I are starting to plan a 4 week trip to South America in August 2009. We are planning to go with G.A.P Adventures as we are two young girls and want to travel safely over there. We've been looking at the various routes and I'd really like some advice on where to go and where to miss! The first route we are considering is going to Rio then down the coast and ending up in Buenos Aires then possibly on to Santiago (this trip can also be done in reverse) BUT we really cant decide whether or not to do the Inca Trail and an Amazon trek, so there is a trip that starts in Lima and includes the Inca trek then down to Bolivia or we can go up to Ecuador. We are torn between either doing the Inca trail or going to Rio.... I don't think it's possible to do both since we only have 4 weeks...

I don't know much about Bolivia or Ecuador so that's whats putting me off although I feel Peru would be amazing...

We are looking for a trip that is 'once in a lifetime' rather than going to cities to go out drinking and eating. Any advice would be appreciated!

:)

2. Posted by Bentonio (Budding Member, 3 posts) 19 Mar '09 04:20

Quoting hellosweet

Hey all,

My friend and I are starting to plan a 4 week trip to South America in August 2009. We are planning to go with G.A.P Adventures as we are two young girls and want to travel safely over there. We've been looking at the various routes and I'd really like some advice on where to go and where to miss! The first route we are considering is going to Rio then down the coast and ending up in Buenos Aires then possibly on to Santiago (this trip can also be done in reverse) BUT we really cant decide whether or not to do the Inca Trail and an Amazon trek, so there is a trip that starts in Lima and includes the Inca trek then down to Bolivia or we can go up to Ecuador. We are torn between either doing the Inca trail or going to Rio.... I don't think it's possible to do both since we only have 4 weeks...

I don't know much about Bolivia or Ecuador so that's whats putting me off although I feel Peru would be amazing...

We are looking for a trip that is 'once in a lifetime' rather than going to cities to go out drinking and eating. Any advice would be appreciated!

:)

Im going to South America this summer. Ive never been before so take my advice with a pinch of salt!

From what almost everyone has told me, Bolivia and Peru and the best places to go...at least at that time of year. It will be winter over there remember, and Rio is mainly famous for its beaches.

Luckily, I'm going for three months so can fit more in :)

3. Posted by Isabelbio (Budding Member, 21 posts) 25 Mar '09 04:07

The beaches in Rio are a must see and August is still a great time to go there: almost no rain and lots of things to do!
I am a Brazilian tour agent, and I'm used to selling this destination all year round!

But in case you fell like "missing" this part, Peru, Euqador and Bolivia are my favorites!

Best of luck,

Isabel

4. Posted by luzian (Full Member, 36 posts) 27 Mar '09 12:05

Quoting hellosweet

We are looking for a trip that is 'once in a lifetime' rather than going to cities to go out drinking and eating.

I've never been to these places, only know them from others and because I'm also planning to travel South America soon (although probably on a much longer and less organized trip....), so take my advice for what it's worth...

I'd say the Peru and Bolivia / Ecuador trip sounds much more like what you're looking for. Rio to Buenos Aires (to Santiago?) is certainly great too, but apart from the beaches, you'd mainly be going to cities (Rio, B.A. and Santiago are all huge cities) to, as you say, go out drinking and eating. And Rio's beaches are quite likely a bit overrated - not saying they are not nice, but the nicest beaches in Brazil seem to be much further in the north according to several Brazilian people I talked to (so far north that they won't be on your Rio tour - Bahia etc.). I also found this article quite interesting.

On the Peru trip on the other hand, you'd have much more varied locations... culturally as well as naturally (beaches around Lima to high mountains in the Andes to maybe Amazon rainforest, cities, great ancient cultures etc.). Peru is great in any case, I don't know that much about Bolivia, but Ecuador is certainly great too, everybody I know who has been there loves it.

Anyway good luck and enjoy your trip no matter which one you decide for!

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Mar-2009, at 12:11 by luzian ]

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru, 1281 posts) 29 Mar '09 04:20

I've been to South America and seen Rio but not Peru. Having seen Rio I can say it is a really great city to visit but I would imagine the Inca trail option would be a better one if you are interested in Ruins, history and that sort of stuff rather than just going out and getting drunk (which would not be at all safe in Rio for men let alone women). Buenos Aires is also another great city, but doesn't offer a great deal more than any other major city in Europe like a London, Paris or that sort of place except a different culture.

Both would be great trips, but the Peru one would be more a once in a lifetime type trip than the Rio one. Maybe if the Rio one went there during Carnivale that would be worth it but otherwise the Peru one.

6. Posted by Bahiana77 (Budding Member, 25 posts) 29 Mar '09 10:25

You will love Brazil.
Rio has spectacular scenery, great music, glitz, and culture.
However, the south is going to be cool at that time of year, so the main attraction of beaches is not a go there.
As mentioned, the northeast has good beach weather and miles of lovely tropical shoreline. Salvador in particular has distinctive African culture--music, capoeira, candomble, festivals (August is the time of the traditional Boa Morte festival in nearby Cachoeira.) and a World Heritage historic district . Recife/Olinda have charming historic areas (Olinda is another a World Heritage historic district.) and good beaches nearby. Many gorgeous beaches in between that give an opportunity to get to know the welcoming Brazilian people. You could start in the northeast (there are direct flights to Recife and Salvador from Miami, and maybe from Spain to Fortaleza or Recife as well) and work your way down to Rio, maybe go across to Iguacu, on your way to wherever else you choose.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Mar-2009, at 10:28 by Bahiana77 ]

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9. Posted by cinthia1 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Apr '09 10:36

If u are coming to Lima and u want to go out , u should try Larcomar , its a mall in miraflores in front of marriot hotel, its a safe area and there u ll find many nice clubs , the best are aura and gotica , and some others .....there are a lot of good restaurant that u can try , if u want fish u could try La Mar or Pescados Capitales , La bogeda de la trattoria for Italian food, Astrid y Gaston or La gloria , all this restaurant are in miraflores and have web pages , just google it
If u like 80 and electronic music try Bizaroo its a club that i love , its also in Miraflores in Francisco de Paula Camino street, u ll find some nice restaurant in the same street .
In cusco for me the best places to go dancing are mama africa ( always crowded ) and up town , and u ll find one thousand good restaurants ,

Regards

10. Posted by justinek (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 12 Apr '09 11:32

Hola amiga,

I'm currently living in Argentina for a year as a Rotary exchange student and I just thought I would share this with you. Aharrold45 is right BA, while amazing and wonderful, is just another big city. If you are going to make the effort to come to Argentina I would deffinitly tell you to go to IguazĂș Falls, you said that you want a trip of a life time, IguazĂș is without a doubt something that will stay with you. I hope my "10 cents" helps, be safe and have a wonderful trip!