South America Itinerary for Dumbies?

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1. Posted by beyondevil (Inactive 14 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for reading my thread. I have travelled almost everywhere except South America so I would appreciate all the input I can get in planning this trip out.

I will be leaving Canada for South America around the 7th of June.

The countries that I am thinking of visiting are:

I will only have about 3 weeks total! I am interested in hikes, rafting, diving, and also relaxing. If someone could suggest places or cities to visit I would really appreciate that so I can do more research. I just don’t know where to begin. I want to spend the bulk of my days in cities with a few detours for adventures.

2. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i think you should stick to one country ...three weeks is not much to see all those countries you have listed ... the countries are big and the distance between colombia and argentina is huge ...unless you're planning of flying to all those places, i don't see how its manageable.


3. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Three weeks only? That's one country, even less... you can see a fair bit of Argentina in three weeks, but by no means everything. For example, you'd have to choose either to visit the north, or the south, but you cannot possibly do both. I'd say that one of the smaller countries on your list is a better choice, but I haven't been to either.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 18, 2007, at 12:26 AM by bentivogli ]

4. Posted by beyondevil (Inactive 14 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info. I know that my visit will be rather superficial but three weeks is all the time I have

I would still like to see these countries, what are some of the essential cities to visit?

I will be flying.

5. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

uh. well, in three weeks you could prolly only visit a city or two in each place. so, that being said, I think the highlights would be: Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Bogota, Cartagena.

but with travel time in between those places... a flight of 3 hours becomes 6+ hours travel time when you have to get to the airport early, and get through customs and then get from the airport into the city after your flight. that's assuming nothing goes wrong. so each major flight (ie. Canada - Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires - Sao Paulo, Rio - Caracas, Caracas - Bogota), would probably eat up the better part of a day. Plus, you would have to add the time it takes to get between cities that would be by bus (ie. Sao Paulo - Rio, Bogota - Cartagena) which will prolly take the better part of 2 days.

5 days spent just on flights
2 days spent on travel
so that leaves you 14 days, or an average of about 2 days per city.

what if you went to Venezuela/Colombia or Argentina/Brazil? I think at least then, you would have more time to actually experience places.

but if you're hell bent on seeing all those places... um, then do it i guess.

you can message me for more info on Venezuela and Colombia =)

6. Posted by beyondevil (Inactive 14 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks NK for your reply.

Good point, 3 weeks is way to short. I will go with your recommendation!

Brazil and Argentina sounds like a good mix, how many days would suffice for each location?

What are some of the great elements of Venezuela and Colombia?

7. Posted by beyondevil (Inactive 14 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Would also like to add, I am an adventure junkie and would love to go diving, paragliding, sky diving, etc. Is Brazil the best place for this?

8. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I know you can do the paragliding in Rio, and apparently is an amazing experience!! Lots of surfing in Brazil too

I would think Brazil/Argentina is a much better bet for the outdoor adventure... And you could concentrate in a relatively small area (north agentina/south brazil) in the limited time you have!

x x Miromar x x

9. Posted by beyondevil (Inactive 14 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

That sounds great, what are some of the cities and places to hit in Brazil and Argentina that would give me a great taste of the two places.

10. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Brazil/Argentina would be much shorter distances, and I think for three weeks might be the better bet. Also, with Venezuela/Colombia you will definitely need some basic spanish skills. Venezuela was also relatively difficult to navigate compared to other countries i've been to.

BUT Colombia/Venezuela are amazing. In fact, if i could live somewhere other than here, I would choose one of those places.

Definitely check out Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Rio. You could do, like, 3 days in each city, plus a day at each city doing outdoor adventure stuff in the area around. and then you would still have a couple days left for relaxing or random adventures.

that being said, city life is very different depending, well, on the city. so you may not get the "taste of brazil and argentina" but you will get a feel for those cities at least. :)