South America Trip?

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1. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My wife wants to travel to South America and she mentioned Argentina.

I don't know much about South America and "attractions" so to speak. If it was Europe, it's a no brainer for me but South America, I am completely out of the loop.

What countries, aside from Argentina (including Argentina) is a good time to visit for 1 week around October/November time period?

What is there to do as well? I'm sorry, I just don't know much about it.

2. Posted by BelPeru (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I am Brazilian and live in Peru, after been to all places in South America.

The countries I recommend are:
- Brazil (for sure!): Minas Gerais (Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, Diamantina...), Rio de Janeiro (Buzios, Angra dos Reis...), Pantanal, Amazon Forest, Southern and Easthern beaches...
- Peru: Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Pastoruri Mountain, Titicaca Lake...
- Chile: San Pedro de Atacama and the desert, Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, Pascua Islands, Patagonia...
- Argentina: Bariloche, Buenos Aires...

Apart from these countries there are so many others it would take more than 1 post to talk about. These are the main ones...

Wow... it's a so huge continent!!! Lot's of things to see and do!!!

One of the agencies I hired (most frequently) was Andex Adventure. They help me a lot.

Best regards,

Isabel ;)

3. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

That's great! So many places. For only 7 days, if you had to choose one, which would be best?

4. Posted by spootnik (Full Member 62 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It really depends what kind of holiday you're after:
- lovely beaches, good food, good music in Brazil
- Inca culture, beautiful landscapes in Peru
- wild landscapes and jungle in Bolivia
- magical Patagonia with good trekking, nice wine in Chile and Argentina (+ the best steaks in Argentina)...
If you opt for Peru and Bolivia, don't forget that you'll new a few days to get use to height as many must-see places are in the Andes.
Hope this helps...

5. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Are you saying that two countries are doable? Chile + Argentina...Peru + Bolivia for 7 Days?

I don't want to go crazy getting from one country to another.

How about first time visit in South America, out of all those countries, what is the best to choose for the first time. I don't know when we will go next and really we like everything that you have listed. Culture, beaches, food, etc.

If you have to choose one first, which would it be?

6. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd rule out anything at altitude for a week long visit as if she doesn't settle in she may spend most of her time feeling sick.

I'd go with Rio for several reasons.
Closest to Europe so slightly less travel time.
Amazing city
Beaches and paradise only a few hours away - albeit plenty beaches at hand
Lots of very famous atttractions to keep her busy

Basically everything she could want is at hand. Lots of these other plaxces will require a secondary transport which involves a cost and more importantly more time which doesn't seem to be in abundance.

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Buenos Aires,
has everything,graet food,wine,music and super shops.

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd agree with Tricky about avoiding altitude. A week is nothing really and you need time to adjust.

Rio is a great city and totally different to Buenos Aires. It's in such a dramatic settting, there's so much to see there, and a good place to fly home from. Obviously on the way you could stop off and see Iguazu Falls, which are one of the highlights of any trip to SOuth America.

You could also consider crossing over to Uruguay from Buenos Aires. I didn't make it there msyelf but Montevideo is meant to be worth the trip.

9. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

These are all great suggestions guys. Although all your suggestions sounds foreign to me, in other words, I can't picture how I will be able to do all these things in one week. I will be collecting everything that you all have suggested and hitting a local bookstore to see and map out everything.

I will definately avoid altitude for the time being.

So far, narrowed it down to..

Buenos Aires
Rio de Janeiro

10. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Oh any other suggestions?