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1. Posted by goa2000 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Any tips for travel options from Rio to Santiago? I have to make my own way and would love to go overland rather than fly. I have heard there is a train that goes all the way???

Any tips would be great

2. Posted by stupidn00b (Budding Member 47 posts) 7y

Not sure about a train, but I did Rio to Santiago on the buses last month. I got a bus from Rio to Sao Paulo (6 hours), Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu (you should stop here for at least a day if you're going through, I think it was about 15 hours), Foz to Buenos Aires (a further 14 hours approx.), Buenos Aires to Mendoza (about 14 hours), then Mendoza to Santiago (about 8 hours).

I was drifting in and out of consciousness as the bus went along so these times may not be completely accurate, but it's the rough times it takes to get to these places on buses. They're fairly cheap, but you should always go for 'cama' instead of 'semi-cama', it's only usually a few dollars more for a much more comfortable ride.

I'd also recommend a stop in each of the places I mentioned, all were really good. Also, make sure you stay awake (and try and go during the day) if you go Mendoza > Santiago as you can see some really cool scenery.

Hope that helps

3. Posted by hnkn (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Straight from Rio to Santiago is gonna take like 3 days or so
My friend has just bought her ticket (gol airlines) to santiago and shes gonna pay about 700 reals round-trip. I think it's worth if you running out of time, otherwise i would def recommend what stupidn00b said (which i did basically the same). spend at least 3 days in sao paulo.. 1 day is enough in iguassu, a weekend in Baires.. and so on :)

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

As for the train option, there are none in brasil, uruguay and parts of argentina. Im almost certain that the fast train from Buenos Aires to Cordoba isnt finished yet ( or maye not even started yet). So in a nutshell, forget the train. A plane ticket will cost $400+ and flying from Sao Paulo is cheaper than Rio but still over 400 dollars. The post above said to spend 3 days in Sao Paulo, well, forget that. I live here and SP isnt even worth a day, unless its summer and you like to go to the beach!!!! But the beaches are still 60kms away from here. SP is a financial city NOT a tourist spot.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Sep-2009, at 20:36 by way2goeh ]

5. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 7y

A stop in Mendoza might not be the worst idea either. Awesome city.

Depends on the weather but Curitiba in Brazil could well be worth stopping at before Iguazu too.

Other than that the route suggested above seems pretty good and times are all fairly accurate.

Full cama is worth the extra bucks on such a long trip. The Argentinian buses are a class above.

Very easy to book a day in advance but if you know your exact time then no harm in doing it sooner. However if planning stops then go with the flow and book the next stage of your journey after you arrive in the next city. You never know, you might like them so much you want to stay.

6. Posted by hnkn (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Quoting way2goeh

The post above said to spend 3 days in Sao Paulo, well, forget that. I live here and SP isnt even worth a day, unless its summer and you like to go to the beach!!!! But the beaches are still 60kms away from here. SP is a financial city NOT a tourist spot.

Well, if he likes to party it is really worth it :)