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1. Posted by steph1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone, my boyfriend and I are planning a trip around south america, we want to visit chile, peru, venezula, cuba and mexico in 10 weeks. However, we're not sure which is the best way to get around. Any suggestions as to which route to take and what is the best mode of transport. any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

2. Posted by Fast (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Best way to tarvel always depends on your budget.

3. Posted by steph1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Budget isn't a problem but would rather take the cheaper option (busses, trains) if one's available that isn't too much of an inconvience. Is it better to pre-arrange airpasses or wait until we're there to arrange them? Any suggestions are helpful. Thanks

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

That's roughly 2 weeks per country, one awfully tight schedule. I'd recommend rethinking this; with this much ambition in so little time, you'll end up coming back from your trip exhausted. Why not skip Chile and go to Bolivia instead? At least distance-wise that'll make things a lot more realistic. Better still, try to stay in one region, e.g. central America; that way you have ample time to do Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, maybe including Colombia, Guatemala, northern Brazil or some other 'nearby' destination.

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I've just returned from 5 weeks in South Mexico and Guatemala. Mexico, especially is surprisingly vast. Most sights are at least an overnight bus journey from each other (unfortunately there are no public trains in Mexico). Internal flights can work out very pricely unless you book well in advance and between the countries are hugely expensive (I was quoted £200 for flight from Antigua to Oaxaca 4 days in advance). So, I would suggest to really plan your itinerary and decide what you would like to see, unless you are happy having to move on every other day. I should imagine 10 weeks is cutting it really fine... Guatemala is amazing by the way, the scenery there is incredible and the people amazing, so I would recommend you try to fit it in!

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 28, 2008, at 2:45 PM by claireh ]