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Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean SHORT SOUTH AMERICA TRIP ADVICE

1. Posted by Redbanana (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

OH HI! I am looking at doing South America for 4 - 5 weeks in May. I know, I know, this probably isnt enough time to see the place but i am hoping to get as much out of that time there as possible. I figure i can try and do 2 - 3 countries in that time.

I am looking for great experiences, good culture, fellow backpackers and a bit of partying. Peru, Coumbia and Argentina seem quite appealing.

Please advise and help people


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2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1839 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

For me, Peru has the most to see in South America, with a fair bit in Lima (which a number of travellers miss out).

Though quite a number of tourists now go there, Colombia is still violent in places so be careful.

The distances between those three places is great, and flights are fairly expensive.

3. Posted by DrewCrawf (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hey Redbanana,

I would suggest shortening your list of countries to 1-2 if you are only traveling for 3-4 weeks, to truly appreciate a country and get the 'best bang for your buck'. I have been to Ecuador and fell in love with the culture, language, people, food, and landscape. Peru is also very similar and both can be done for a reasonable price. Both would be a good option and worth the time to research more on TP. I would also suggest Cartagena, Colombia-->Guayaquil, Ecuador.

A sample intinerary (approximately 2 days at each place):
-Quito, Ecuador (colonial architecture)
-Mindo (cloud forest)
-Otavalo (outdoor market)
-Banos (adventure sports)
-Montanita (beach & party)
-Guayaquil (large port city...not much to offer)
-Cuenca (historical and diverse)
...on to Peru
-fly out of La Paz, Bolivia or leave early from Cusco/Lima

Best of luck with your travels!!

4. Posted by Redbanana (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thats great, many thanks for both of your input.

I think Peru and Columbia may be the places i have to go and see..........