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HELP! Need Travel Advice for South America!

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1. Posted by regularjonesy (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Jan '13 19:28

Me and a friend have booked 3 months away to travel south America.

We plan on leaving mid May and coming home mid August.

Whilst we're over there we plan on going to Rio De Janeiro(our first destination), Bolivia and Peru but we have to return to Rio to catch out flight home.

We roughly have a budget of anywhere in between £2500($4030)- £3000($4836).

One of our main concerns is transport between each country with our price range and time frame.

Any information on travelling and the cheapest way to do it,best route to take, mode of transport would be much appreciated!

Hope to hear back from you!

Jonesy.

2. Posted by Jay1985 (Budding Member, 22 posts) 12 Jan '13 20:09

Hi Jonesy

3 months is a good amount of time for those 3 countries and £3000 should be fine as Bolivia is very cheap, Peru slightly more. Brazil, particularly Rio, can be expensive even by Western standards.

South America in general dosen't have much of a train infrastructure. Most locals and backpackers travel by bus, which is usually the most cost effective way, as domestic flights in SA are notoriously expensive.

The long distance buses are easy to get and generally pretty comfortable and certainly never expensive in those countries you're going too.

If you're not planning on going closer into Argentina (which might be a shame if you've never seen the amazing Iguacu Falls!) then one route into Bolivia from Brazil would be via Campo Grande (a great place from which to visit the beautiful Pantanal area of Brazil) into Santa Cruz (Bolivia).

Getting from Bolivia into Peru is easy, you just go via bus through the Lake Titicaca towns of Copacabana and Puno.

Msg me if you like as I could drone on for hours on here about places to go etc etc haha.

Good luck with your travels!

3. Posted by regularjonesy (Budding Member, 2 posts) 13 Jan '13 12:49

Thanks a lot for all the advise man, much appreciated!

Hahah yeah I wouldn't mind hearing you "drone on" about South America, sounds like you know your stuff.

Thanks again.

Jonesy

4. Posted by ecolily (Budding Member, 3 posts) 6 Jul '13 16:00

I can only concur with Jay on his Brazil info!

You definitely don't want to miss Iguacu Falls, it is absolutely amazing and if you have the time then you should definitely come into the Pantanal. I have been travelling Brazil for the past 9 months learning Portuguese and just bumming around and the Pantanal has been the highlight of my trip. I can't even begin to describe how much I love the region. Well, I am living here now! ha! in comparison to the Amazon, the Amazon was amazing, but if you want to see exotic flora and fauna then the Pantanal is the place to go.

I'm not sure if you are still looking for information but if you are, let me know and I can help out with places to visit in Brazil that won't break the budget!

Lil

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