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Itinerary for S. America

Please help me make an itinerary. Also, do I need to take a sleeping bag?
13 years ago, September 28th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #87557  
This thread is a perfect find 4 me as I JUST bought my tix to head to SAmerica for 3 months in Jan! I am so excited but overwhelmed about planning an itinerary. Any suggestions on how to make/find a good one? Do I need to bring a sleeping bag? Reply to this

13 years ago, September 28th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #87567  
Hello Amy 😊

I am never a great itinerary maker, but I can suggest you get a copy of S. America on a Shoestring by Lonely Planet. It covers all the S. American countries and I think it even suggests itineries.

A sleeping bag might be a good idea. It can be cold at high altitudes and hotels and hostels dont always give enough bed covers.

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13 years ago, September 28th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #87663  
Do take a sleeping bag - the overnight buses can be very cold so even if you dont use it in hostels etc then it will be useful there. It will be cold at high altitudes so will be needed there. I climbed Roraima and needed to sleep in 2 pairs of trousers, a t-shirt, a hoody and my sleeping bag it was that cold!

as for itineraries... pick what you want to do and catch buses inbetween! Theres so many awesome things to do here its unreal!!! I started with meeting a friend who i know who lives in chichiriviche ( Rob who runs 1492 tours if you ever head to chichi ) then to various places in Venezuela, down to colombia, peru, bolivia and then argentina to head off to oz.

want any more info... get back to me

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13 years ago, September 28th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #87664  
I just came back from a three month trip in South America! It was unforgettable. You'll have an amaaaaazing time!

Where are your tickets to? I was flying into Buenos Aires, so I went from there to Uruguay (SO UNDERRATED) and then up to Brazil for some beach time, back into Argentina and across to Chile, then north to Bolivia and Peru and only then did I fly to Colombia, from where I headed into Central America. Even though there are some enormous distances, the buses are usually excellent (especially in Argentina - SO MUCH BETTER THAN HERE IN CANADA.)

I'm going to differ from the other opinions and say that you might not actually need a sleeping bag and it does take up an awful lot of room. Considering that you are going in Southern hemisphere summer, you probably wont' need one in most of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil or Chile. There are very high altitudes in the Andes where it is definitely cold but if you are trekking you can rent a sleeping bag (companies often throw it in as a freebie if you're bargaining...) For long distance buses in Bolivia it is cold, but it's actually too cold even for a sleeping bag to help you. If you find yourself near Uyuni or elsewhere in the South, TAKE THE TRAIN. Do not try to rely on your sleeping bag for this - you'll freeze anyway. For hostels, I found very good quality beds and bedding for the most part. A sleeping "sac" made from a sheet sewn up one side or storebought in a good material like silk can guard against dirt and give you an extra layer, which might be better than a sleeping bag as it is just so much less bulky. I also bring a big scarf/shawl/blanket wool item that keeps me warm and is very multi-purpose. You just can't wear a sleeping bag out at night.

Enjoy South America! There is so much to see and do and you will have a wonderful time! Let me know if I can answer any more questions.

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13 years ago, September 29th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #87765  
Hello Emily 😊

Maybe you can answer a question for me too. I am flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil in November and spending a few weeks travelling down the coast to Uruguay and then a few days in Uruguay. Is there anywhere along that route that would be cold enough to need a sleeping bag? I remember getting out of the bus in some destinations in S. and C. America to really cold temperatures, when it was so hot at the place I got on the bus.

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13 years ago, September 29th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #87766  

Do take a sleeping bag - the overnight buses can be very cold so even if you dont use it in hostels etc

Oh, I forgot about the busses. They are probably air conditioned. I cant remember. But, I am no fan of air conditioning, because I like to be warm. Maybe the sleeping bag will need to come with me afterall. Reply to this

13 years ago, September 30th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #87821  
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I will be in S America in Sep 2010 for about 3 mths so any idears will be good for me as well. Reply to this

13 years ago, September 30th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #87900  
Me and a friend wil be setting on our s.america adventure in Nov this year and all we've planned is where we land in s.america (Peru) and where we leave from (Brazil).

From the stories ive heard, planning a route is pointless because you meet so many people and your itinerary will change. Just go with the flow.
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13 years ago, September 30th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #87901  

Maybe we will bump into each other. he he.

Yeah, maybe. I am only there for 2 weeks though. So, by the time you get to Brazil, I will probably be long gone. 😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, October 4th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #88269  
Hey Mell - sorry I didn't get back to you sooner! I found the buses in that part of the world (the coast of Brazil and Uruguay) to be of good quality. There was heat on board as well as movies (usually in Portuguese). There was no food on any of my buses in Brazil and they weren't cheap but the ride was decent and the coaches seemed modern. It was in Bolivia and Peru that there were real problems with cold, especially as there are so many places at high altitude there.

For your trip, please consider Florianopolis (Ilha de Santa Catherina) as a great, relaxing Brazilian beach town. They say it is the next big thing and just so much more relaxing than Sao Paolo or Rio or someplace. I stayed at Sunset Backpackers and had a great time there. Definitely stay near the beaches on the island, not in the city itself. Then, in Uruguay, please explore some of the smaller towns. You will be there in the summer, actually at the perfect time probably on the shoulder of summer, and there are beautiful beaches and such lovely people. My paradise was called "Cabo Polonio" - you can read about it on my blog if you like. It's not a place for creature comforts but rather one to enjoy nature and beauty and peaceful serenity.

Have a great trip. Lots of luck with everything! Reply to this

13 years ago, October 6th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #88600  
Thank you Emily 😊

Yes, Florianopolis is one of the places I am considering stopping for a few days in. I loved Rio too when I was there. Beautiful city, but too out of the way to visit this time, because I am flying into Sao Paulo.

I wont have much time in Uruguay, so I am just going to spend a few days in Puanta del Diablo.

My paradise was called "Cabo Polonio"

I will check the map to see if this place is a possibility, instead of Puanta del Diablo. Dont know which place I will definately spend the few days in yet. Dont want to go too off the route, becuase I only have a couple of weeks. Wish it was a couple of months. 😊 Reply to this

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