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any suggestions to this travel plan?

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean any suggestions to this travel plan?

1. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Hi, I'm set to pack in work here in brisbane before June 05 and head to south america in the first leg of a 2 year trip. I'm considering a 5 continent One World RTW ticket for $3800 inc tax. First stop is Chile. I would like to see parts of Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela (specifically Isla Margarita.) I've budgeted on up to $50 US a day but hoping to be able to drop that to $30 US when possible.
3 questions.

1. is there any specific order you would recommend travelling to the places I have mentioned due to weather, cultural delights etc? I expect to allow a month per country (but I'm flexible).

2. I like the idea of hiring an apartment either by the week or the whole month in places like Isla Margarita as I like to cook and try local produce myself etc. and have a base in each country. Can anyone recommend any countries where this would be possible on my budget?

3. Should I leave most clothes behind and pick them up in South Am as I need them (much like I have done in the past in places like Solomons, Vanuatu etc)

I know this is long and I have done so mauch reading but haven't heard my questions asked... Any help would be great..

Cheers,

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

1. is there any specific order you would recommend travelling to the places I have mentioned due to weather, cultural delights etc? I expect to allow a month per country (but I'm flexible).

The southern part of Chile and Argentina is DEFINATELY worth seeing, but June would be a bad time to go (due to the fact that it will be damn cold and wintery down there). Patagonia is probably better visited in the austral summer (Dec, Jan, Feb).

However, it does appear that your general direction is north, so you might not want to head North and then back down south again. But if you are leaving again from Chile, then perhaps you could do a great big loop.

3. Should I leave most clothes behind and pick them up in South Am as I need them (much like I have done in the past in places like Solomons, Vanuatu etc)

It will be colder than you think in the mountain regions of Chile, Peru and Bolivia. You will need long pants, long sleeve shirts, a fleece and a windbreaker (at least). I found that these items were not much cheaper than at home when I was down there, so I would just bring them along anyway. That way you can be sure you are buying quality merchandise (as some of the clothes I bought in South America were not of very good quality I later discovered).

3. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Hi Greg... Thanks for the info... Yes, Patagonia sounds like it would be very cold in winter. So a look north on a loop as you said might be the way to go and nip down to southern Argentina And Patagonia in November early Decemberish..

cheers,