Chile, Argentina, Brazil Travel Advice!
Replies: 1 - Last Post: May 7, 2012 12:00 PM Last Post By: AztMayInc
May 7, 2012 12:13 AM
I'm going to be living in Valparaiso from August to the end of December. Although I'll be studying at a university, I'd like to travel as much as possible. As for Chile, I will spend time in Santiago but I am more interested in visiting Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Patagonia if possible. As for Argentina, I'd like see Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Mendoza if possible. I also have a friend who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, so I am planning on staying there and visiting Rio as well. This all of course won't be one straight trip - Valpo will be my home base. I'm going to try to spread my traveling out within the 5 months of my stay.
Any suggestions for how to travel between all these cities, the best possible time to do so, what I should absolutely not miss and what I could do without? I figure because I have a couple of months I will be able to get it all in.
- I would love to visit Rapa Nui but am worried about intruding on local culture as a "tourist". Any advice on this from travelers who have been? Patagonia is also a must for me, but I'm not sure what time is best to visit or how to go about getting there. Are tours suggested?
PS... I'm a student! Think hostels, buses, camping, and lots of roughing it....
Thanks in advance!! :)
May 7, 2012 12:00 PM
1Bus is the way to go, but it's a long ride (return trip) from Santiago to Belo Horizonte and even Buenos Aires. Most people traveling in South America only goes one way without backtracking. I would suggest look for cheap flights to BA and Rio during low season, and travel within Argentina or Brazil by bus.
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