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Travel Route Review

Please comment on my 6 month South America route - Times and Location
10 years ago, August 17th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #83349  
Approx 5/6 months.

I know it is a fair amount of moving, although we are fairly comfortable with it...

..Please feel free to recommend additional places or eliminate some... Do you feel the time in each location is adequate?

We have 4 internal flights to use - Between salvador back to Buenos Aires (2 flights), Santiago and La Paz, and Lima to Quito.


Buenos Aires -Argentina - 14

Montevideo -Uruguay - 4
Punta Del Este -Uruguay - 3

Iguaçu - Brazil - 3
Florianopolis -Brazil - 5
Rio - Brazil - 7
Salvador - Brazil - 5

Rosario - Argentina - 4
Cordoba -Argentina - 4
Mendoza - Argentina - 4

Santiago -Chile - 4
Valparaiso -Chile - 3

La Paz -Bolivia - 4
Potosi - Bolivia - 3
Uyrani - Bolivia - 4

Titicaca - Peru - 4
Arequipa - Peru - 3
Cuzco - Peru - 4
Inca Trail -Peru - 5
Lima -Peru - 4

Quito -Ecuador - 4
Galapagos -Ecuador - 5
Amazon -Ecuador - 5
Otavalo - Ecuador - 3

Cali -Colombia - 4
Bogota -Colombia - 4
Medellin -Colombia - 4
Santa Marta -Colombia - 4
Barranquilla -Colombia - 4
Cartagena -Colombia - 4
Necolli - Colombia - 2

Thankyou very much.
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10 years ago, August 19th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #83691  
B Posts: 137
I wonder what time of year you are starting? It makes a difference to routes so you get the best out of the places you are going.
You have 14 days in BA at the beginning. Is this because you are taking Spanish lessons?
Rosario is nice, but a couple of days is sufficient. You don't have any of the NW of Argentina: Salta, for instance. Mendoza is not my favourite place so I might be prejudiced, but unless you are planning on something specific there: lots of vineyards, climbing mountains, it seems a lot. Having said that, it is nice to take a bit of time to enjoy places and not just rush from place to place. Reply to this

10 years ago, August 19th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #83707  
FionaB Thanks for the reply.

We are looking to leave on the 29th of Dec and arrive for new years in BA. Yes the goal was to do a 2 week spanish course.. or something there abouts. I do not know any details as of yet, is it fairly easy to book/find such a course? And if so relatively inexpensive?

Thanks for the adivce on Mendoze and Rosario. We have not factored in the NW of argentina as it seems a fair way form our route. Which is primarily across from BA to Santiargo by land, and then a flight up to La Paz. Reply to this

10 years ago, August 20th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #83708  
B Posts: 137
I see. No, I don't know anything about Spanish classes but it is a good idea to start now to learn some phrases. It just gives you a whole other experience on your travels.
The trouble with South America is making the choices about your route. You do that and someone comes along and says, "What, you aren't going to X?" or "Oh, Y is a dump!". 😊 Your route is fine. Since you only have a few flights you can always shift things a bit if you want to move on.
When you get to Santiago (March?) do try to get out of town up to the Andes in your 4 days. Reply to this

10 years ago, August 20th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #83710  
My thoughts exactly.. we have listed alot of places, but they will change along the way significantly.

..The advice about the andes is great.. yes we arive at the beginning of march. Reply to this

9 years ago, August 25th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #84251  
I recently got some advice from Argentinian friends about language courses in Buenos Aires. There are many private language schools, usually costing at least $200 US per week, which you can find online, most of them are supposed to be pretty good.

If you want to opt for a public school instead, there are programs through the Escuela de Idiomas at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and through Lenguas Vivas on Pellegrini av. which are less expensive and supposed to be quite good. I'll be trying this out in September and October and can let you know how it goes if you're interested. Reply to this

9 years ago, August 26th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #84288  

Thats great thankyou for you tips and advice.. would love to know how you find the course when you complete it. How long are you doing it for? Do you speak any spanish now?

Regards Reply to this

9 years ago, September 8th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #85644  
Hey Worldtrav, sounds an excellent "adventure" and one I wish I could do if my lifestyle allowed it, however I live in Colombia and while I totally agree with your choice of places to visit I wonder if you have built in the travel factor into your timings and days in each City? My fear is your trips from Cali - Bog and Bog - Medellin, dependant on the time of the year these could be drastically extended as the routes are via mountains and narrow badly maintained roads, this coupled with the chance of heavy rain could eat into your itinerary badly, ALTERNATIVELY, the routes are spectacular and full of those "kodak-moments" so make sure you have a fully charged battery in the digital. Enjoy and try and put a report on the blog site, would make marvellous reading. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 9th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #85689  
Thanks for the feedback, with regards to "drastically extending" are we talking a day or two or like a week+ ? We have some "flexibility time" within our trip for such occasions. Again thanks for the feedback. Reply to this

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