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11. Posted by jenifagee (Budding Member 3 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I've started my research and have decided to stick to just South America. Looking at what other people have done, I'm loosely thinking Brazil (Rio, Paraty, Sao Paolo, Iguazu Falls), Argentina and Chile (Iguaza Falls, Buenos Aires maybe down to El Calafate, Santigo, San Pedro de Atacama), Bolivia (Uyuni, Sucre, La Paz, Copacabana), Peru (Cusco, Macchu P, Lima, Manacora), Ecuador and Colombia. I realise my plans will likely change while I'm out there but I'm feeling more confident about going now having read about other people's trips and routes.

I'd love to visit the Amazon while I'm out there and wondering the best way to do this? I've read December - June is rainy season, but I'm planning to start my trip in January. Will I still be able to go? And should I go first, at the start of Jan?

12. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 941 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Wise choice. If you're flying from the U.K., suggest you consider flying into RIO and returning from LIM, particularly if you have the flexibility to spend more than three months in South America. Six months (from January through June) would allow you time enough to go from Brazil to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, using a mix of buses, flights and perhaps ferries. Head south from Brazil towards Patagonia, then head north through Chile/Argentina to Bolivia and Peru. Others may have suggestions, too.

It's OK to travel in the Amazon during the wet season, when water levels in rivers will be higher, making access easier in some places. Regardless of the season, it will be warm and humid, so you'll be drenched, if not by rain, by perspiration. The Amazon is a large region spanning several countries. You'll find something to suit your interests and your budget. If in Cuzco, check tours to the reserved zone of Manu National Park.

I'll be in Buenos Aires in February with a friend. We're headed south to Ushuaia to board a ship to take us across the Antarctic Circle and back. We then plan to hike in Patagonia (I was there last spring, so this is an encore visit).

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Oct-2017, at 10:23 by berner256 ]

13. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 884 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

A slightly cheaper option to experience the Amazon Basin is in Bolivia. A return flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque with say three nights in Madidi National Park and a night further east in the pampas is well worth doing. We did this mid December - yes it was wet with rain on a couple of days but it was hot and humid too, the rivers were high and the wildlife was abundant. On the last day we swam in the river, the pink dolphins came to play and the caiman wondered what was going on! There are travel shops in Rurrenabaque that can arrange this for you on advance.

14. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 439 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

The Amazon in the wet season is not a bad idea. In the height of the dry season there are a lot of forest fires so it can be quite smoky and of late the forest fire season has been getting longer, not mention with illegal logging people have been setting more fires than ever. With the wet season loggers don't tend to be burning and even with lightening strikes the dampness stops them sparking and I can say from experience there is nothing more unpleasent than a smoky forest.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Oct-2017, at 17:21 by Teoni ]

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