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3 months in South America - Start Ecuador end Brazil - HELP!

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1. Posted by pennynjon (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

We are planning a RTW trip and hope to spend 3 months in SA.
We intend flying from Mexico to Ecuador but am unsure whether to fly to Guayaquil or Quito. What do you think?

Hopefully we can then spend 3 months travelling through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

We are unsure how to travel between these countries. We understand some can be done by road by also understand that part might need to by done by Plane. What parts?

A friend even suggested buying a car? Has anyone done this?

We are looking for general advice with regards to where to go, not to go, how to get there and what to look out for.

All help greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by pennynjon (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

I've listed 6 countries, but are there any that we should be looking to include?

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Don't know ANYTHING about you...But if you're Canadian, check your visa requirements for Brazil. Chile has a steep Recip Fee for Yanks, Canucks and Aussies. Argentina, as I understand it, threatened to do the same, but backed off.

Three months is fine or too short or too long for that route. That isn't a joke. What do you want to get out of it? Pictures or lasting memories? A taster or a full course?

Ecuador, Peru, Chile has a fine connecting road. It's a long trip though.

The best route I can think of puts you, for a time, in Uruguay as well.

There! A beginning!


4. Posted by pennynjon (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Thanks for your reply.
We are from the UK.
We hope to maybe travel overland from Ecuador to La Paz (Bolivia) and then fly to Santiago (Chile).
Followed by a couple of weeks in Chile and then possibly travel overland to Buenos Aires.
We'ld love to fly down to Patagonia for a week or so also.

We're planning well in advance so it's just a case of getting to know the geography!

5. Posted by gregoriouk (Budding Member 38 posts) 7y

Hey ...

In Brazil I can definately help you with lots of information and may be able to help with other countries as well. One main question is , when do you go ? I will be in Brazil , in Salvador for the carnival, that will be from 11th to 17th February. I also live in UK as well !!!!


6. Posted by Sparlita (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

My thoughts:
(a) Fly into Quito, that way you can see all the great things up there (Otavalo, Banos, Cuenca, etc) and then make your way down to Guayaquil if you'd like (although I recommend the border crossing from Lojas to Piura ... there is an 8 hour bus that takes you straight across the border);
(b) One of the best attractions in Bolivia are the Saltflats which are in the south and which you'll miss if you fly from La Paz to Chile, but that's up to you;
(c) as a Canadian, I think we need a visa for Uruguay and you may too (if you cut through there to get to Brazil);
(d) as far as I've seen the roads are mostly find, the Pan American highway stretches all the way down.

Hope that helps a bit!

7. Posted by pennynjon (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Thanks for all the info.

We might fly in to Santiago from New Zealand and then get a flight back to the UK from the states. This way we are free to do as we please and decide whether to fly or use buses/trains. I love the idea of heading down to the south of Argentina. The pictures online look amazing.