ndebelebev
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South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:07 pm

Ok... Here goes... I have 3 weeks leave from work in October and am planning on visiting South America..

Where should I visit? What should I not miss seeing?

Any suggestions of itineraries would be gratefully accepted...

Thanks in advance

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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:14 pm

Regardless of the itinerary, the biggest piece of advice you will ever hear is this:

Don't try visiting 10 countries in three weeks. It will be a waste of your money, a waste of your energy, and when you return home you will have memories like that of a dvd on X3 fast forward inside your head... how much will you really remember from that?

Choose two or three countries you really like, and that's it. People so underestimate the size of South America, almost thrice Europe, and the distances. Just in Argentina alone it will take a 5 hour flight from Iguazu falls to Moreno Glacier, two of the natural wonders people in South America must see. Imagine trying to see Brazil in a week, then going to Argentina, to Chile, then Peru, impossible.
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ndebelebev
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:19 pm

Thanks for that Derico... I was thinking of Chile, Argentina and Brazil..

Are there any lo-cost airlines as such in South America?
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:28 pm

Gol is the biggie... it will do you well in Brazil and it flies to the big cities in Argentina. Then again, Rosario is a big city (and rather lively and stylish) in Argentina but most tourists woudn't find it interesting unless they have a few weeks to see Argentina, as it's like a smaller version of Buenos Aires.

October is springtime so it will be beautiful weather, probably the best time of year to choose. It will be in the 60s and 70s during the afternoons and not humid, crisp at night. September still can be chilly and rainy, and by mid november the Brazilian atmosphere moves south.

ABC is doable in three weeks for the major cities, and a few of the natural wonders...
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:34 pm



Quoting Derico (Reply 1):
I was thinking of Chile, Argentina and Brazil..

It's great choice. Especially Chile and Argentina.  Smile

Quoting Ndebelebev (Reply 2):
Are there any lo-cost airlines as such in South America?

I think Gol is LCC.
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:39 pm



Quoting Derico (Reply 3):
It will be in the 60s and 70s during the afternoons and not humid

Which is 14C-23C.

That is in central, temperate Argentina. If you visit Iguazu or the north it will be hotter and more humid, 25C-30C, and if you head into Patagonia, it can still be below freezing... So it really depends on your itinerary as there are huge temperature ranges that time of year because of the change in seasons and the country's scope of latitudes.
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ndebelebev
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:47 pm

Thanks for the info guys.. I'm thinking of visiting Rio and Sao Paolo in Brazil, Buenos Aires in Argentina with a side trip if I can to the Iguazu Falls and then going onto Santiago in Chile. I'm sure this will give me a taster of what the rest of South America has to offer..

Also I'm sure this will be do-able in 3 weeks... Gotta start planning...!
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:29 pm

Do you plan making Trip Reports?

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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:50 pm

Some airlines in the region offer South America Air Passes (sometimes called Mercosul or Mercosur air passes). They seem like a good deal and I would at least look into it. You can also find domestic Brazil Air Passes. Here is TAM's SA Air Pass:

http://www.tam.com.br/b2c/vgn/v/inde...5ac2e7b110VgnVCM1000005f05a8c0RCRD

Note the rules that apply and make sure you understand them. I'm pretty sure other airlines in the region offer something similar as well.

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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:10 pm



Quoting Ndebelebev (Thread starter):
Where should I visit? What should I not miss seeing?

Ushuaia and Torres del Paine were somewhat challenging to get to (this was a long time ago, maybe it has gotten easier), but were absolutely worth it. I would spend a couple of days at each. The Calbuco Volcano was an interesting, too.
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:39 pm

Vist Ecuador



South America in a nutshell



Beaches, Andes mountains, volcanos, jungle and branches of the Amazon river etc... All in one country.
 
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:08 am

I agree with Mortyman.

Instead of doing the Brazil, Argentina, Chile thing just go to Ecuador and some other country. Ecuador is a beautiful place - you have the historic downtowns in Quito and nearby cities, Quito's awesome nightlife, the volcanoes, the Amazon, Galapagos, and the awesome approaches to UIO.

In three weeks I would do this:

2 weeks - Ecuador
1 week - Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro (go to a soccer game in Argentina, it's great)
 
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:30 am



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 10):
South America in a nutshell

Ridiculous...

Visit Ecuador for the sake of visiting Ecuador for it's own weight, a beautiful and broad ranging for it's small size. But to suggest to someone that by visiting Ecuador = South America??

I guess one should do Switzerland and there you go, Europe in a nutshell: French (Geneva), German (Zurich), and Italian culture plus the Alps and some Roman acqueducts...
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:50 am



Quoting IwenttoYXEonce (Reply 11):
1 week - Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro (go to a soccer game in Argentina, it's great)

Well, I guess that makes Rio a part of Argentina.

Or Buenos Aires the capital of Brazil, like many people above Mexico confuse it with  Silly
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:42 am



Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 13):

When did I say Rio is part of Argentina? Let me know and I will get back to you.
 
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:52 am

3 weeks isn't much, I had 3 months and didn't get to see the half of it!

My suggestion:

Spend a few days in Rio. Fantastic place. Head down to Sao Paulo, perhaps with a few days on Ihla Grande on the way. Don't spend too long in Sao Paulo, it's good but not great for tourists. From there go straight to Foz do Iguacu, well worth a visit. Then head down to Buenos Aires, spend some time there, and fly home from there.

Days 1-5 Rio
6-10 Ihla Grande
11-13 Sao Paulo
14-17 Foz do Iguacu
18-21 Buenos Aires

Shorter trips you can do by bus, taking an "Executivo" class bus is an experience in itself!

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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:19 pm

Well, sure thing.

Quoting IwenttoYXEonce (Reply 11):
Instead of doing the Brazil, Argentina, Chile thing just go to Ecuador and some other country

and "some other country" makes it look like you are suggesting to visit just one other country, but anyway - I was kidding, hence the lil' smiley face. I have no idea if you know or not the difference.

Saludos,

P.S.: The idea of having Ecuador represent South America in a nutshell is simply not true. There are a bit more of things to see in South America than

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 10):
Beaches, Andes mountains, volcanos, jungle and branches of the Amazon river etc...

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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:30 pm



Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 16):

Oh, my bad. It should have been "some other country(ies)".

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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:48 pm



Quoting Derico (Reply 12):
Ridiculous...

Visit Ecuador for the sake of visiting Ecuador for it's own weight, a beautiful and broad ranging for it's small size. But to suggest to someone that by visiting Ecuador = South America??

I guess one should do Switzerland and there you go, Europe in a nutshell: French (Geneva), German (Zurich), and Italian culture plus the Alps and some Roman acqueducts...

I am sorry if you were ofended by my comment. However I don't think you have a reason to be.

I am ofcourse very aware of the rich and varied culture, nature and society of the various countries of South America. My point was that if you have only a certain amount of time to spend, Ecuador is a good place to start. It includes alot and in a small package.
 
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RE: South America For 3 Weeks...

Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:28 pm

A good day trip out of Buenos Aires is Colonia del Sacramento, in Uruguay. Buquebus ferries depart from Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires center, and take 45 minutes (unless you take the slow ship, Eladia Isabel) to cross the river plate.

Very nice trip, easily done in a single day, and very popular with tourists visiting Buenos Aires.

Quoting IwenttoYXEonce (Reply 11):
Ecuador is a beautiful place - you have the historic downtowns in Quito and nearby cities, Quito's awesome nightlife, the volcanoes, the Amazon, Galapagos, and the awesome approaches to UIO.

Add Cuenca as well. Ecuador is truly a beautiful country.

To oput things in perspective, I spent three weeks last year only travelling within Ecuador.

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