hi, me and my girlfriend are travelling south america for 6 months starting in september.......we will be going all over the continent and may camp if the opportunity arrises, should we take sleeping bags or buy/hire when there?? (they take uo sooo much room in the backpack!!?) thanks luke
If you plan on camping frequently (which is not something I would recommend, for practical reasons), bringing one definitely works out cheaper. You can rent them in some of the popular 'outdoor destinations' (Bariloche; Campo Grande), but the quality leaves much to be desired.
I've been doing tons of research as my boyfriend and I will also be backpacking around in South America. Anyways, if you're doing lots of camping then its best to bring your own sleeping bag... you can get some that squish down pretty small and easily fit into a sleeping back compartment on your pack with room to spare.
What my boyfriend and I are doing however is we're just bringing sleeping bag liners- they're super small and thin (silk ones are best apparently). We're not sure how much camping we're doing, but that way we will reduce bed bugs/mites on us from bags we hire, and also gives us something to sleep in at hostels, and of course- is so light weight.
Best of luck- when are you hitting up South A?