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Three months to travel south america - advice needed please

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1. Posted by jedmonds (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


We are just starting to plan a trip to south america starting september 09 and ending mid december 2009, we are looking to do 3 solid months and are unsure where to start, we are reading up on the south america guides but was wondering whether anyone had done a 3 month trip or could recommend the best places to see/itinerary during this short period. We really want to visit specifically Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, of course if we could just 'visit' the countries and fit a few more in then this would be fantastic. We are looking to do quite a few flights and have a semi-good budget.

Also, can anyone recommend a good guide book, preferably a combined one and with 'shoestring' features, the lonely planet seems a little out of date now and was considering footprints? Any advice?

Also, has anyone heard of a ticket you can buy that can save money on flights, for example a pay $1000 and get 5 flights or something??

Thanks a bunch everyone.

(currently living in New Zealand and will be leaving from Auckland in Spetember)

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

For me, Peru has more to see than the rest of South America put together but it depends on what you like. A fair bit to see in Lima. Machu Picchu and a number of tours from Cuzco (lots of travel agents there). Nazca Lines, etc. From Buenos Aries, it's only a short hop by plane to Montevideo (Uruguay). It does depend on what you like, how much of each country you see.

Bus journeys can be very long and not cheap. Since you will be in a number of different countries with different airlines, I don't think you'll find any multi-trip tickets like you want unless you can book it from NZ which will require you travelling in one direction. ie: Auckland to Quito with stopovers at Santiago and Lima. Return from Buenos Aries with a stopover in Rio, to NZ, or the other way round if returning to the UK. Failing this, it is usually cheaper to book SA flights outside those countries.

Do watch out for petty theft as there is a lot of it about in certain places in Central and South America. You do need to do a lot of planning for each country. Maps are often a good investment rather than the micro-maps in guidebooks.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 4, 2009, at 9:43 AM by Cyberia ]

3. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

It's hard to give really god advice when the question is so broad an there is so much to see and do. But Ciberia has some good advice.
I would recomend doing a Southern loop. Like start from Lima go south to Chile over to Buenas Aires up through Monte Video then out and back to rio then over through Acunsion to Cusco and back to Lima. This is what I will do (but starting in Colombia) in a few weeks. It's more of a driving route but maybe it would work for you.

Have you considered taking buses? Very cheap (probably half or more of the cost) and add a lot more expeirences if you think you have the time.

I don't think you will find anything close to the price you named as far as flights. Expect to pay two to three times that. LAN and Copa are probably going to be the best bet for you.
I have the Lonley Planet South America on a Shoestring guide and I think it's pretty good. From my experience it is pretty accurate and up to date.

pura vida,