Hey travelling guru's,
I'm off to south america for 6 months and I've got 4 weeks till I go - woopee.... anyway, i am now trying to sort out what to take with me. I'm kinda stuck.... i want to travel as light as possible but then i'm not sure what the weather will be like nearer the end of my trip.
i am starting in Rio in december, which i know will be super hot so thats fine. then i am thinking of going down to argentina and to patagonia around March/April and then onto Chile in May (from south to Santiago) and then back to Beunos Aires in June.
Could anyone advise me on what to bring? Thanks guys!
Patagonia is colder than you think. I was there in January and February of 2003, and figured that it would be warm (equivalent to Canadian spring), but it wasn't.
Highs in Patagonia are in the teens (10 - 15 degrees when I was there). However, the wind is brutal, there is little sun and it is often damp and rainy. Therefore, you need to bring protection from the elements. Bring layers - a sweater, a fleece, a wind-breaker and a good spring/fall jacket. Bring thin mittens and a woolen cap for your head. Are you planning on just touring around, or doing some hiking - because you will need to bring warm clothes for hiking if you are out at nights. Temperatures were near freezing when I was down there.
I hope I haven't scared you too much. It's REALLY beautiful there. It's just not very "typically" South American in it's weather. But definately worth the trip. Check out my profile for a picture of the icebergs on Lago Grey in Torres Del Paine.
The Lake District is warmer than Patagonia, but long pants, sweater and fleece are still recommended.
Santiago and Buenos Aires will be hot. No jacket required there.
woweee, that picture looks amazing. i dont know exactly what i am gonna do in argentina and patagonia but i've seen and heard loads about patagonia and it looks so beautiful and people have said if i'm there that it would be silly to miss it. I was gonna pack a waterproof jacket that i have, its pretty warm too but its not too big so probably perfect. i should take one wooly jumper and a hat. i could always layer up on vests, t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts i guess. i'm definitely bringing my walking boots, they'll be pretty heavy. i just dont want to have a heavy pack, i'm not very strong!!
Cheers for the tips though....
For brazil and nothern chile you can be light but south chile, argentina is better that you ha ve warm jkt anyway you can buy something there that should be cheaper and you don't have to keep with you for all the time