First time travellers to South America

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1. Posted by MazA (First Time Poster 1 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Can anyone give some useful advice for a first time traveller to South America? My boyfirend and I are planning on going for 6 weeks this July/August and hope to cover a few countries in South America but have never travelled before. Do you think we can manage it with no experience, and without being able to speak Spanish? Can anyone recommend the best places to see, bearing in mind we only have 6 weeks?

2. Posted by girlfriend (Budding Member 10 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

hi there I'm sure you and your boyfriend will get a lot of fun in southamerica i just
returned from my trip oover there and it was wonderful so for sure it'll be great good luck
and get fun ey if you need any advice mail me back -snip-

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3. Posted by akrol (Budding Member 5 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Hello travellers,

I would recommend the country of Argentina for your travels. It is very European and cultured, yet has much of the South American love for life. Some sights outside the fun capital of Buenos Aires are also not to be missed.


Please visit and thank you,


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4. Posted by mirapat (Full Member 19 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Try Peru. It is a great country, the center of the only ancient culture in South America: the Incas.

5. Posted by chilecota (Budding Member 7 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

I really would recommend you Chile! I spend one year in this lovely country and I realy felt in love with it!
Its one of the savest countries down there and travelling is quite cheap. For long distances just take the bus (semi-cama, TUR-BUS its the best!) and you will get to any place you want.
I travelled from Arica (the very north) to Patagonia (Where I stayed for nearly one year as an exchange student). If you travel in the Chilean summer the south of chile is the most beautiful place on earth I have ever seen! (Even it's a littel bit more expensive getting there)
I'm shure you'll love it. If you need any other informations, just contact me!

Greetings from Germany,

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6. Posted by moxxo (Full Member 32 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

I THERE... I have won the BMWx3 ROADTRIP contest from LOMO, and i need some info from SOuth AMERICA....
I have 15 days to travel, i wnat to know what you recommend... I wanted to go to THe incas ANcient places and to PAntagonia... IS IT safe by CAR.... WHAT YOU RECOMMEND?????

MAny thanks and regards HUGO GOMES moxxo

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7. Posted by cookieyum (Inactive 75 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Hiya, I recently spent a couple of months working in chile but unfortunately had to come back a few weeks ago to have an operation, but i would definitely advise going to this beautiful country if you can. There is so much variety and so much to see. I was staying in the coastal city of vina del mar, and although the weather isn't all that great there this time of year, vina and the neighbouring city of valparaiso are really worth a visit because they are so contrasting. Compared to somewhere like rio there aren't that many sights in the capital, santiago, but the nightlife is brilliant and it's a good base to get to the deserts in the north or the lakes in the south. My sister and i are going back to south america this august to travel for 6 weeks. I really recommend investing in a mercosur airpass as you can travel round loads of places for really great value. We're starting our trip in Rio, then moving on to Iguassu Falls, then on to Buenos Aires (including a short trip to Montevideo which is only 2 hours from BA on the ferry) and then finishing up in Santiago via Mendoza. In all that time we intend to do lots of partying, beaching, adventure sports, horse-riding, wine-tasting and anything else that takes our fancy, so there really is something for everyone in south america! Have lots of fun wherever you choose to go!:)

8. Posted by SAtraveler (Budding Member 9 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!


Your itinerary is exactly what I would recommend. The only thing I would add is Machu Picchu but you have to save something to come back for.

Also, you might want to consider taking the ferry from B.A. to Colonia and going overland to Montevideo. Colonia is very historic, quiet and charming.

If you happen to be in Santiago Sept. 29-October 1, the annual wine festival will be going on at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco -- three nights of tasting by more than 40 Chilean wineries. I happened to be staying there last year during the event and am trying to get a group together so I can take my husband back this year.

Have fun!

9. Posted by helper (Full Member 55 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

six weeks will give you time to visit all Argentina

Staying in buenos aires for a week
4 days in the norwestern area
3 days in the noreastern one
3 days in Cuyo area : Mendoza
you might have time to bus the way to Cordoba. very nice area.
l week in the Lake district
1 week in Tierra del Fuego that will give you the chance to visit the whole area.
some days in Peninsula Valdez for the whales season.
coming back to Buenos Aires province again to relax in the countryside.
wow, tiring!!!! but amazing.

Almost everything can be travelled by bus. with the exception of conections to Patagonia.

10. Posted by caguide (Budding Member 15 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

What you really require is a good up to date Guidebook such as The Lonely Planet or Footprint's South American Handbook or others on spefic countries and cities such as Lima/Cuzco, La Paz, Buenos Aires, etc. you wish to visit and also surf the net. Nobody is going to do your travel planning and research for you for free, that is up to you.:(