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Tips for a 3 month excursion in South America

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Argentina, Chile, Peru....Any good ideas on places we should check out?
9 years ago, December 14th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #96247  
N Posts: 4
My Wife and I are about to go on a 3+ month trip. We are from usa. We bought 1 way tickets to Buenos Aires. We have a general plan to go to Iguazu falls. Then bus over to Rn-40 and bus down the Andes to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Then we plan on busing over to Chile and work our way up through Chile and into Peru where we have some spots picked out. My wife lived in Peru for a year and is pretty much going to show me around there. As far as Chile and Argentina go, does anyone have any good ideas on towns/places to go see on our route. We\'re both 26 and love the outdoors. We\'re planning on staying in each country about a month and we\'re trying to travel on a budget. We plan on using Couchsurfing.com to find places to stay along the route. Any ideas from anyone who\'s been anywhere on our trip would be great. Thanks in advance.
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9 years ago, December 14th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #96263  
N Posts: 5
Their are so many places to in where you can go and make your tour more exciting.
The Hotel are too good and you will enjoy that one too ....!



Thanks
Jone

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9 years ago, December 15th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #96395  
B Posts: 70
Hi

I travelled around South America for 3 1/2 months earlier this year and I could make a long list of places for you to visit but the list will be long!!!!! Check out my blogs for a detailed list but definite places I would personally recommend are:
Argentina:
Iguassu
El Calafate
Bariloche
Mendoza
Salta

Chile:
Valpariso

Peru:
Obviously your wife has this covered..... Reply to this

9 years ago, December 16th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #96446  
N Posts: 4
Great! Do you honestly think you could do all of that in 1 month? So far we're think a about month in each country. The general Argentina plan is similar to your list.
Ours:
Buenos Aires
Iguassu
Salta
Mendoza
Bariloche
El Calafate
Rio Gallegos
Ushuaia
With hopefully some random stops in between. I'm just wondering if 1 month will be enough to do all of that by bus. I'm having a hard time getting bus routes off the net. I'm just trying to get a general idea of the bus times though I know we'll be buying our bus tickets once we're there. Chile I think will be easier to plan as it's mostly up 5 with a few off shoots. I've got a good guide book I've been disecting lately. Planning this trip is enough of a blast I can't wait to accually go. 20 days left!!!! Reply to this

9 years ago, December 16th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #96463  
B Posts: 70
Hey

You won't have a problem doing it in a month and the buses are really easy to use over there you will find in Argentina and Chile that the buses to the main cities go daily and there will be several bus companies offering you times to go. Their transport system in that respect is far and above better than the one we have here in the UK!!!

My only comment to you would be to fly in and out of Ushuaiha if you can as the bus in and out takes you forever. My friend and I flew down to Ushuaiha from Buenos Aires and then bused out to El Calafate (via Rio Gallegos) and it was the worst journey we took! I wish we had flown from Ushuhia to El Calafate direct for the cost. Look at Aerolinas Argentinas as they offer cheap flights!

I would also recommend you do it similar to me as it will buy you more time i.e do Buenos Aires and fly down to Ushushia and then work your way up thorough Argentina zig zagging your way up. It will save you more time and you will get to see a lot more that way too.

Hope this helps but feel free to ask more questions if you want.

Andrea
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9 years ago, December 29th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #97722  
Hi guys, We are still in Argentina but we are already jealous of you. El Calafate is awesome! It is a small little bohemian town with great natural wonders to behold. It reminded us of Big Bear, California. We stayed at the Los Alamos Posadas Hotel. Very cute and quaint. Not cheap. The best restaurant in town is by far La Tablita. It appears to be a litlle "Silence of the Lambs" but the food cannot be described in words. Definately a must.
We also did Ushuaia but we flew in on Christmas day and everything was pretty much closed. We flew out the same day. It would have been nice to be able to do the train trip to the Tierra Del Fuego. It is beautiful but we don't think that you will need alot of time there.
As for Chile, we went to Punta Arenas. We saw the local colony of penguins, which was really adorable. The town lacks as far as attractions and was very windy. It has a similar lattitude to Dutch Harbor in Alaska (if you have ever seen "Deadliest Catch") without all of the snow. The best restaurant was La Luna. We ate there three nights in a row.
We just arrived in Buenos Aires today and will be hitting Iguazu Falls next. We heard the falls were not t be missed.
Hope this info. helps. Have fun!

-A&W Reply to this

9 years ago, December 29th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #97821  
My girlfriend and I have just got back from 6 months in S.A. - check out the blog! Let me know if you have any questions!

You can fly around in Argentina, which doesn't cost too much and saves LOADS of time!
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9 years ago, January 12th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #99423  
an interesting way to get back into the action in chiler from southern argentina is by ferry

check this out

Cruising Fjords and Climbing Volcanoes - Puerto Natales to Pucon

you have the main places listed above - have fun

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9 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #99471  
I just got back from a 3 month trip to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile, and my boyfriend is still in Chile working. We're also 26 coincidentally. I wish I had time for Peru, but there's so much to see - another trip. Take a look at my blog (not done updating it yet but I've got northern Argentina posted at least) for some info on some of the cities. Some of my favorites in Argentina and Chile were:

Argentina:
Iguazu
Cordoba
Cafayate
El Bolson (and surrounding area)

Chile:
Chiloe
Valdivia
Valpo
Santiago

Oh, another tip - if you have trouble finding places to stay through couchsurfing, there tend to be lots and lots of hospedajes around, which you can find once you arrive in town, and they tend to be cheaper than youth hostels (which attract lots of international travelers). If you ever need suggestions for where to stay we found some great places in lots of cities, so send a note and I'll try to help out.

Enjoy!
-Anna
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