Round trip south america: Help us choose

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1. Posted by Nicole V. (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hee everyone,

Me and my boyfriend want to go travelling for 2-3 months from july till october. We are looking at going to Brasil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chili and Ecuador. If we go for the full three months than we would like to visit 4 countries max.

We donnot really know which countries to chose..we want to be able to relax on the beach (in a not too crowded place, we prefer a peaceful place) and we would like to go to the jungle, visit cities, peru and ecuador will probably include hiking and nature. We just want a nice combination of travelling and relaxing.. we are on a budget, around 1500 euros per month.

We would like some advice, also on site seeing, nice beaches, islands, hotels, resorts, restaurants, traveling..everything actually!!

Oh and another thing, we do want to have nice warm weather, so donnot know if argentina is warm genoeg ( i mean around 25C).

Thanks a lot


2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You are right, it's better to skip Argentina and Chile south of let's say Buenos Aires, especially the Patagonian part, as temperatures are way way below 25 (and below 15 as well). Note that this is also the case when travelling into the Bolivian Altiplano, where temperatures at night can be wel below -10 as well. During the day things are fine though and it feels warmer than it actually is.

It's pretty hard to give some specific advice but flying into Ecuador and out of Brazil seems a good option. Save Argentina and Chile for another time.
So maybe first about 3 weeks in Ecuador, than 3 weeks in Peru, 3 weeks in Bolivia and 3 weeks in Brazil could be an option. Ending on one of the beaches in Brazil to rest from a tough but nice trip.

Places to see along the way could be Cuzco/Machu Picchu and the sacred valley, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca (not too long, not that special), La Paz, Salar de Uyuni and southwest Bolivia, on to Potosi and Sucre, Santa Cruz and then the death train to the border with Brazil, visiting the Pantanal, Iguazu Falls and eastwards towards Rio for the flight back. Might check if flights from Salvador or Recife go straight into Europe by the way.
Don't know much about Ecuador and most of Peru, sorry

3. Posted by chellay (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I traveled for three months in South America. I flew into Quito, Ecuador and out of Buenos Aires, Argentina without planning any of my stops in between in advance. It worked out well! The Footprint guide was more helpful than the Lonely Planet. It was nice and relaxing to take things 1 day at a time, especially because South America can be an unpredictable place with protests and demonstrations. I was unable to enter Bolivia from Peru, as the roads were blocked by protesters for a couple of weeks.

I spent about a month in Ecuador (including a week in the Galapagos Islands and a few days on a jungle tour), 1 month in Peru, 2 weeks in Chile and Bolivia to visit San Pedro de Atacama, Salar de Uyuni, and Potosi, ending my trip with about 2 weeks in Argentina (BsAs and Salta).

If you're interested in going to the Galapagos Islands, you can get a better deal on a trip if you book in Quito a couple days before you want to go. In 2005, I went for a week for about $1000US including the cruise, flight, and park fees. It was an amazing experience and I was able to splurge on that 1 week because the rest of the places I visited were so cheap.

Have a great time!

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you're going to Bolivia you should check out Sererre in Bolivia, Its not too far from Rurrenbaque, its an eco centre were you can do hikes, canoing, in the morning / afternoon and by night. They have deals to match most budgets and is run by some really nice people. The daily cost includes guide, meals and accomodation. The accomodation were huts with beds and mozzie nets but with net walls so that you could see out into the jungle and watch the monkies, birds , butterflies etc.....also if you don't feel like doing anything you can relax in the hammocks on the second floor of the main house overlooking a tranquil lake........

in peru you should check out the festival of virgen del carmen in Paucartambo, its near Cusco. Normally takes place around July 15-18....its well worth a visit, theres only a handful of tourists among many celebrating locals in bright costumes and crazy masks, there is a procesion of dancers followed by a firework display.......

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2008, at 7:28 AM by Rraven ]