Heading south into bolivia in next week or so. Am interested in heading east from bolivia to explore the Gran Chaco wilderness and the river through paraguay (hang up hammock and watch world and wildlife go by) then south to argentina. anyone interested in paraguay?
Am intrigued as friend´s grandmother lived in the chaco in the 1930s and sounds an incredible place. but slightly harder to travel on one´s own.
alternative is to head to atacama from bolivia and down to skiing if can get there for end of season then south to trek in torres del paine so if anyone up for trekking in lake district and south early october let me know. will still be very cold!
Hi, I'm from Argentina, you can check my travelblog http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Hernan/
I know Chaco and south, if you have any question feel fre to ask me. For me south is more beautiful than Chaco, but you plan to trip to Argentina's Capital, take a flight to Iguazu and visit falls, then you can trip around and visit Chaco, I think one week is more than enought to know this area, then return to Capital and if you are interested visit me in Pinamar beach, check this entry :http://www.travelblog.org/Forum/Threads/2598-1.html
Then you would going to south if near december if not you would freeze LOL! and you can make my trip described in my travelblog from Pto Madryn to Chalten and then Chile, I don't recommend to trip to Bolivia because its rainny season and its too dangerous.
Well I think you have more questions,
Cheers Hernan for all that information - fantastic. I will not be going to the Paraguay Chaco now as I have only just entered argentina (am in Salta, can also recommend north argentina to everyone!) and I have much less time than I need. I spent nearly a month in Bolivia and it was incredible. It is no more or less dangerous than anywhere else I have been (and I have been to places like Guatemala and Nicaragua which are considered dangerous by some but are not at all, provided you take the usual precautions to lock up your possessions and not show your 'wealth'. The people are lovely, the food is not bad, the different adventures you can have are incredible - snowy mountains, jungle full of animals you can see, historical cities, strong traditions, and cheap. I recommend it.
I looked at your blog for your trip south - it is almost exactly what I want to do. It seems you had about 16 days? Here is my proposed itinerary - maybe you can let me know the minimum time you think to do it, on buses!
Bariloche to puerto montt; carretera austral to coyhaique; to chile chico and cross to los antiguos, to el chalten and calafete, then fly up to trelew and visit puerto madryn and the national park valdes, then BA for a week (and would be lovely to visit you - can you teach me how to make mate too?), then bus to iguazu via Posadas and San Ignacio mission; then from iguazu to Sao Paolo where I fly to NY.
let me know your email so we can correspond. Becky
Have given up idea of carretera austral - not possible to do easily. Now heading to bariloche and then maybe puerto madryn and back to argentina. Let me know if you are around in middle of november in Buenos Aires and I will come and say hello!