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top 3 places to visit

Out of all places in south america ....
11 years ago, July 17th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #42218  
Out of all places in south america, if you had to pick 3 which ones would they be??? I have a limited time to travel (3 weeks) I know it sucks, but better than nothing. I enjoy a lot of adventure, i'm the sporty type and I also love aztek and other ancient cultures/monuments/temples etc. So where should I go visit?? I was thinking Peru as well as Brazil for the Amazon ... any other suggestions?? Also, whats the most economical way to travel over there? Reply to this

11 years ago, July 18th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #42236  
B Posts: 150
1. Easter Island
2. Machu Picchu
3. Torres del Paine National Park

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11 years ago, July 18th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #42334  
B Posts: 50
1. Galapagos
2. Patagonia (Torres del Paine, El Chalten....)
3. Machu Picchu
4. Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)

(sorry....could not do it in 3.... 😉 ) Reply to this

11 years ago, July 18th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #42338  
I'm amazed anyone can narrow it down to 3!!! There's just so much to see!! Thanks guys! Keep it comin'!! LOL. Reply to this

11 years ago, July 18th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #42344  
N Posts: 7
Hi there - I'm heading to that part of the world in little under a month or so... will definitely visit Salar de Uyuni, lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and Galapagos.

I see that both Barry and Kathy have Torres del Paine on their list - would love to do that - but I think that would take at least an extra week, which I do not have (plus it would cost a bit more).

However I do find myself tempted by Easter Islands even since I found out that the main hub to visit them is Santiago (where I'll be flying in). And I guess this is something that could be compressed into 3 days or so (although it would mean cutting some other things short).

Barry I'd be interested to know your reasons in placing in on the top of your list - just to see if I should possibly do that as well or not. Also would you say that Easter Islands are something comparable with Galapagos (if you visited Galapagos) - so maybe there would be not so much sense in visiting them both on a single trip? Both of these destinations our unfortunately out of season at the time I'll be visiting them - not much of a problem - but still not the exotic island/beach trip I'd hoped for ;-D

BTW Ashley - sorry on intruding to your thread ;-D Reply to this

11 years ago, July 19th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #42368  
B Posts: 150

I haven't been to the Galapagos but from what I've heard and read, I expect it would be a completely different experience to Easter Island. We spent 8 days on EI, but that was during the annual festival in February. At any other time of year 3 to 5 days will be fine. Being there for the festival was a great experience, but the highlight is seeing the moai statues which are scattered all across the island. There's a great beach too, some beautiful volcanoes, caves, lots to see basically. It's more expensive than mainland Chile but there are ways to cut costs. Have a look at my EI blog if you want more details.

If you do go for Torres del Paine, make sure you include the Glaciers National Park in Argentina. The hiking in El Chalten is excellent, while watching the ice fall from Perito Moreno glacier is an unforgettable sight.

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11 years ago, July 19th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #42382  

Haven't been yet to Easter Islands, but a lot of friend did it and it is on my wish list.
For me, the list would clearly put Machu Pichu and Galapagos...but all depend what you like,...a short stop in Iguacu is great, and I love cities like Rio and Buenos aires...but that depend what you like...I've got friends who love the amazon and trekking...Have a look at the South american pass from Lan Reply to this

11 years ago, July 21st 2008 No: 8 Msg: #42591  
Rio is def. in. That would be the relaxing part of my trip with the beaches n'all for sure ... before heading to the Amazon and facing death head on with all those taranchulas, pirahnas, pythons, fire ants, crocs and whatever else there is there. I'd love to do easter island. Just seems so far away. I wasn't planning on doing Chile but now that it's been brought to my attention I think I'll try to cut more corners to do it.

No problem Dario, we have a mutual goal!! Good questions too. Reply to this

11 years ago, July 22nd 2008 No: 9 Msg: #42722  
N Posts: 13
since u r in chile, i wouldn't hurt coming to Argentina...patagonia is definitly in the top 3! it's a little more expensive, but completely woth it Reply to this

11 years ago, July 24th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #43014  
This doesn't really match your interests but if I had 3 weeks in South America I would start in Rio and travel over-land to Buenos Aires via Iguazu Falls. There's your 3 places 😊 But I'd also stop in Paraty just along from Rio 😊 Reply to this

11 years ago, July 27th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #43227  
Hi There

My favourites in South America are (have never been to Chile and Peru though):

1.) Pantanal in Brazil for the wildlife
2.) Iguazu Falls
3.) Cartagena if you want to see a city

However, in three weeks I would not plan to see too many countries and would probably choose Buenos Aires (I prefer Buenos Aires to Rio) and visit Colombia another time.

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11 years ago, July 29th 2008 No: 12 Msg: #43432  
N Posts: 3
Hello, I gonna have 2 weeks in South America only, even lesser than you Ashley. I'm thinking to go to Machupichu and eater island only.
anything interesting in Chile? i haven't start my research yet Reply to this

11 years ago, July 29th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #43485  
WOW, I thought I was doing the absolute minimum but you one upped me Esjay. I would rather soak up the scenery of a couple of places then run around like a chicken with no head trying to see everything. I've done some research and am still bent on the Amazon :-) as well as machu pichu. Third spot ( a week in each) is tougher to decide on but I think I'll go to Easter Island during their festival rather than Iguazu falls. There's been a lot of hype around the falls but - I - Just - Can't - Do - It - All!!!! AAArrrh. I may quit my job for a career change just in time to go, then I won't be expected back for a few months - until my courses start so I can enjoy it like I should .... Reply to this

11 years ago, July 29th 2008 No: 14 Msg: #43503  
N Posts: 3
Hi Ashley, where are u now? I wish i can quit my job and go for a long trip.. i heard the inca trail will take 5 days
I'm not sure if i will go to Easter, is pretty expensive to fly there.. but i plan to cover south of South America.. then cover north of south america in my next trip. 😊 but i can't wait to see Christ the redeemer in Brazil!

so when are u going to south america? Reply to this

11 years ago, July 29th 2008 No: 15 Msg: #43510  
Hello everybody!
Im from Lima - Perú and you can cont with me for all information you need to come to Perú, i will help you for your nice trip here!...

If you wish you can e-mail me and i can help everyone!...

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