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1. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 7y

My plan at the moment is to fly from Santiago to Arica in the north of Chile to see the flamingos nearby and then head to Bolivia or Peru.

What are the highlights of north Chile and how should I prepare for the high altitudes?

Many thanks

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

It would help if you didn't go flying: besides the fact that ground transport is obviously less harmful to the environment, the slower approach will also help you to acclimatise quicker and easier. Besides, the journey up north is amazing, and you'd miss out on all that if you took a plane.

3. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 7y

Good points about the environment and the climate. My other option I guess would be to go through Argentina - Mendoza and Cordoba. Although a friend tells me Mendoza isn't that amazing and I will just waste money there. I chose the flight because I am running out of money.

What sights are there to see between Santiago and Arica?

Many thanks

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

"choose the flight because I'm running out of money"

Environmental concerns aside, this doesn't make any sense at all. Continental flights in SA aren't that cheap; overland transport on this stretch in all likelihood will work out cheaper.

Re Mendoza: I can see your friend's point, but there's more to be see in northwestern Argentina, as I seem to remember I have pointed out in previous threads that you started. From Santiago, you should be able to make it to San Juan in one day, which I think is a nice alternative to Mendoza. The route from San Juan up north, via Catamarca (which is particularly nice), Tucuman and Salta, is VERY recommendable. And dirt cheap, I should add.