DILEMMA : Where to depart from?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jun 15, 2012 8:01 AM Last Post By: jrTAHOE
Jun 13, 2012 11:59 AM
DILEMMA : Where to depart from?Hello Folks,
I'm desperate for advice. I'm starting my four month trip in Bogota Colombia.
I've decided my flight home will be on Nov. 20th or 21st and i can not figure out where to go home from.
1) Pay $160 for the VISA into Brazil, and the flight from Rio to NY is $800. This would be an expensive option, but also the easiest and most convenient, considering they give me the VISA.
2) Skip Brazil, and fly home from Argentina for $800. No VISA required, and don't need to rush as much cause i'll be saving 2.5 - 3 weeks that i won't be spending in Brazil
3) Loop my way back up to Colombia from Buenos Aires, and fly out of Bogota for less than $300. This would involve some serious back-trekking for my last weeks, but might allow me to see some other spots that i had missed.
Please help me reason this out cause i need to make this decision very soon , if i'll be applying for that VISA.
thank you for your time and consideration,
Jun 13, 2012 2:36 PM
1Option no.2, unless you can get a flight BA to Bogota for less than US$500.
I'd still stick rather to arrival Bogota and dep BA.
In any case, I can't place Brazil in it, considering you'll be going Colombia-->Ecuador-->Peru-->Bolivia-->Argentina. You won't have time for Brazil, without rushing it too much and stretching your budget even more..
Jun 13, 2012 5:39 PM
2I reckon 2 as well. It might seem tempting to backtrack to Colombia but it's a damn long way and the cost of buses will add up so you probably won't save much as lose a lot of time.
If Brazil interests you more than Argentina than go for #1 but bare in mind Brazil is very expensive these days. Then again, Argentina is fairly pricey now too.
Jun 13, 2012 8:07 PM
3Thank you for the insight gentleman.
Interesting that you both chose #2, and i thought that was the least likely choice for me to do.
It's also a 24 hour trip from BA back to NYC which is not all that appealing.
There is no right or wrong answer to the dilemma, but it's very stressful trying to figure it out!
Jun 13, 2012 9:27 PM
4As the others suggested. However, I might just throw up a 4th option. As you only have 4 months and 5 countries. I'd perhaps just stick to doing Colombia - Ecuador - Peru and Bolivia.. I'd be tempted to stop in Peru and fly back from there.
You state option 2 is a 24 hour trip. But if one decides to go to Colombia, you will have to backtrack up through the countries you've been in (its would be close to 5 days from BA to Bogota by bus). A flight would push the price up more towards the 800 you were looking at for option 2.
Jun 14, 2012 4:50 AM
Jun 14, 2012 8:06 AM
6The flights from BA to NYC are all over 24 hours in travel time with stops in Rio. Might just be unlucky timing!
Looks as though backtracking by bus will be the least likely option.
I might just by a ticket from Medellin to Quito to show my proof of an onward ticket.
Will they accept an itinerary of my Peru trip as proof of onward Travel at the Ecuadorian Customs?
Thank you again for all of your help!
Jun 14, 2012 12:58 PM
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