For my honeymoon I will be traveling the world for about 9 months (and hopefully keeping a blog going!). We have flights to give us a skeleton but otherwise it's a blank canvas with a few ideas of key places we'd like to see.
For about 2-3 months of the trip we will be in South America, flying into Santiago (Chile) and out of Lima (Peru).
In between we expect to visit Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia but will probably miss out Brazil and Paraguay (unless there is anything really worth seeing there). We may also head up to Ecuador but not get as far as Colombia.
We would love to hear some suggestions of places to go, things which we simply cannot miss out on, the best ways to travel around and any ideas on what route would be good to take. We will most likely be in South America between March and May if that helps anyone come up with ideas!
I'm also interested to know people's experiences of being asked for yellow fever certificates at borders. Will we have any issues with a certificate of exemption on medical grounds? Or will we be ok getting in and out of countries?
Any responses are greatly appreciated and I'll try to update the thread as we get more concrete plans in place.
I traveled extensively in South America. Personally, the most beautiful country in that continent is Colombia, this should not be missed!
Secondly Chile, I spent one month traveling from South to North. Too bad Chile isn't really easy to explore without a car. If you are interested we rented a car at Chilean company which has reasonable rates. Don't miss Chiloe island, is an amazing place of Chile
Ecuador is pretty small and interesting. Galapagos is superb! especially if going on a cruise. The best place for the Amazon in South America is in Ecuador, Cuyabeno.
I spent last year in Colombia and haven't asked anything about the yellow fever certificates.
I didn't explore all the countries I want to visit in South America yet. I visited Ecuador and Peru and was very pleased. Ecuador is easy going , very safe and well organized. Peru is for me the most interesting country there, because of variety in nature/ecosystems , history and people. I went in amazon region, Puerto Maldonado, which is accessible, and much cheaper than Manu. I saw lots of animals there, and lodge was so comfortable. I went in the highlands and really enjoyed Cuzco and the highlands, what is what people you know think when you say "Peru". The desert coast really feels like an other world! There, the Nazca lines is fascinating and you need to take small plane to see the geoglyphs from the air. I went to Nazca old aqueducts, which is an ingenious old design. Ica and its tall dunes and oasis is relaxing. Finally, Islas Ballestas is kind of a cheaper version of Galapagos, if you don't have time of money to go to Galapagos.
We are beginning to plan a similar trip so if you've learned anything from other sources I'd love you to add it to this information.
It would be a month in the south of Brazil in Santa Catarina, and would enjoy and visit the Argentina, in these 2 sites have several attractions
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