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Traveling South America - March till August 2010

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1. Posted by Giddyup (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hi all,

Would like to find out your opinion on the following 5 month travel plan.

Heading to Cusco early March to do a 6 week Spanish course
Mid April - end May: travel around Peru, Boliva, and maybe Columbia
End May - Fly La Paz to Santiago
End May - End June - stay in Chile
End June - Fly Santiago to Buenos Aires
July - August - Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo
Finish in Sao Paulo and fly home.

A couple of questions:
Does anyone recommend a spanish school in Cusco - have read great things about Cusco - OR recommend anywhere else to study spanish?

I'm aiming for June, July and August in Chile, Argentina and part of Brazil - in winter is it difficult to travel during this time? How cold does it get and are there any good snowy mountains around?

I was thinking about doing an Intrepid or Kumuka 35 day tour from Bolivia to Santiago, but after reading this site seems like a bit of a sell out. Everyone seems to recommend just getting out there and doing it on your own.

Thanks heaps,

2. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 7y

Santiago has quite a few ski resorts near its city. The weather in southern brasil usually is cold, but can get to 30C (86F) just as easily. Make sure you go to Rio and spend little to no time in Sao Paulo except to fly out of

3. Posted by rhythmbug (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

I studied spanish in Arequipa, this school was fantastic and the teachers were lovely. 1 on 1 classes outside in the garden area, where a galapagan tortoise lounges around :)
Personally I wouldn't stay in Cuzco for that length of time, it's a bit too ridden with tourists for my liking. Alternatively maybe you could split it up between 2 locations or something.

The temperature directly relates to the altitude / elevation of where you are heading. If you're heading for the andean highlands, expect it to be cold from April/May onwards. The higher you go the colder it gets.
The lowlands generally stay reasonably moderate temperature. Nothing like a european or north american winter.

There are also resorts in Argentina, notably Las Leñas (closest to Mendoza) and Cerro Catedral (close to Bariloche). A friend of mine recently went to Las Leñas, one of the more well reknowned resorts, he said it was a bit hit and miss. Conditions can be unpredictable and sometimes dangerous, other times amazing. I think the prices for lift passes and accomodation are what you'd expect to pay in Europe.

In terms of travelling around, I think you'll only run into problems travelling through parts of Patagonia during winter, when some of the bus routes are either suspended or restricted and parks are closed.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Sep-2009, at 09:29 by rhythmbug ]

4. Posted by rhythmbug (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

Quoting way2goeh

Make sure you go to Rio and spend little to no time in Sao Paulo except to fly out of

Hah. Why is it that every brazilian I meet says one of two things.

"Sao Paulo sucks, go to Rio"

"Rio sucks, go to Sao Paulo"