We are just over 3 months into our 6 month trip to South America and have been through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and are currently in La Paz having returned from Rurrenabaque.
I was hoping that you guys might be able to give us some advice on what to do now! We currently plan to visit the salt flats and then head to San Pedro in Chile before crossing to Mendoza in Argentina. After that we are unsure of what to do! We want to visit Patagonia and the Perito Moreno glacier, as well as maybe making a trip to Antartica.
We are unsure of whether we should go to Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar in Chile - are these places worth a visit or is our time better spent elsewhere?
We are also considering a time-saving flight either from the top to the bottom of Argentina or the other way round. Any advice on the best way to do this?
Any advice, tips for places to visit, or suggested itineries for 2-3 months would be really appreciated. We end our trip in Sao Paulo around December 20th and have planned to spemd just 2-3 weeks in Brazil.
Thanks a lot!!
As you are in La Paz...can you check how many trains they have now from Oruro to Uyuni per week, is it still two or 4 or more often?
Chili and Argentina have a huge networks of buses...so it's easy...but lenghty due to the distances.
If you want to reach Antartica, 90% of the boats are leaving for Ushuaia. It's the best place to get a last minute deal and November has some of the lowest prices...I went there in Feb 2008...AMAZING!
You could do few things, flying from Calama to Santiago or from Santiago to Calafate.
Once in Ushuaia, be careful, due to the remoteness of the place, everything is seriously expensive there. From there, as you have time, you can take a bus up north to Bariloche...don't know how long it takes, but Bariloche to Buenos Aires is 23 hours by bus. After that, you can head to Iguacu before crossing into Brazil.
Hope this help,