Santiago - Iquitos - Manaus - Sao Paulo

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1. Posted by Elenschi (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I am going to study a semester in Santiago de Chile. I want to see as much of South America in that time as possible but I can only get 3-4 weeks before and after the stay to travel around.
I am leaving in February and planning to get back to Europe in the first week of August. The cheapest and most tempting flight route I found was to Buenos Aires and back from Sao Paulo. That leaves a lot to see on my way to and from Santiago.

However, my question is: Is it possible to make it in 3-4 weeks from santiago to Iquitos to Manaus to Sao Paulo?

Or is it just totally out there, because I would be travelling all the time? Of course, I would like to see places on the way as well and would like to travel as cheap as possible.
Should I rather concentrate on the direct neighbour countries to Chile and skip the Amazon?

Looking forward to tips and hints!

2. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Absolutely, but you'll be travelling a lot and you will see so much!

I give the advice I was recommended in Oz, "slow it down a little" theres heaps to see and do in Patagonia or any one of these areas to see for 3 - 4 weeks on there own. Even then Im sure you will realise you will know very little about them in such a short time.

I personally have taken 12 to do from Santiago to Rio via Patagonia, Buenos Aires, back up to the Peru/Bolivia border into La Paz and straight across pretty much to Porto Alegre, then up to Sao Paolo and direct flight to Rio, I didnt even have time to see it at the end at all, was just a straight trip there to grab a plane to UK. Id love to see it but thats now on another trip at some time.

I absolutely loved Patagonia and met relatively few people down there travelling, compared to some places Ive been so Id say go down there, explore the area back up the Atlantic coast and through Argentina, Uruguay (both really cheap) into Sao Paolo and you'll get loads for such a short trip.