Advice on my itinerary (Uru, Arg, Chile)?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 4:26 PM Last Post By: multiplier
Nov 14, 2012 6:13 PM
Advice on my itinerary (Uru, Arg, Chile)?I have some time to travel solo this Winter (January & February), and this is what I'm thinking -
Montevideo, Urguay. Get adjusted, see the Carnavale, sit on the beach, bicycle around. (1 Week)
Bus to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Relax, explore. (2-3 days)
Ferry to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hang out in the city, bicycle. Maybe catch a Boca Juniors game? :) (1 Week)
Flight to Salta, Argentina. Explore. (3-4 Days)
Bus to Atacama region. Not sure where to arrive here. Should I go to Antofagasta? Side trip to San Pedro/Calama area? Or should I just stay in San Pedro? Basically I want to be near the desert, take hikes, see stars, bicycle, etc.
Bus to La Serena. Relax and explore. Maybe see Elqui Valley?
Bus to Valparaiso and/or Santiago. Stay 4-5 days in both towns.
Fly back to USA.
I've never done a trip like this. I've found lodging via AirBNB in both Montevideo and Buenos Aires, but other than that, I haven't planned where I will stay. I'm not sure whether to do it ahead of time, or wait until I get there and decide. I guess I could find hostels or cheap apartments in these places?
Nov 14, 2012 8:48 PM
1The most important leg of the trip - from Buenos Aires to the Atacama region. Do I take buses? Do I fly? Which towns should I visit in between? Or should I skip northwest Argentina?
One other option would be to take a bus from BA -> Santiago and from there, work my way north to Atacama area. And from Antofagasta, fly back to the US.
Nov 15, 2012 1:11 AM
2Buenos Aires to Salta might be worth a flight.
Speaking of Atacama, you may want to try the Altiplano as well -- that and Patagonia are the most memorable places for me in Chile and Argentina.
Have you thought of going over from Salta to Arica. Not sure if it's easy by bus, but up high in places like Lauca National Park the scenery is truly breathtaking, literarily and figuratively.
Five days in Santiago might be overkill (but then I think seven days in Buenos Aires might be an overkill as well, unless you are there to party). Valparaiso is pretty and there are a few picturesque, smaller places along the Chilean coast.
Nov 15, 2012 4:26 PM
3Thanks Mac! Hadn't heard of Arica but it looks amazing. It's tough with some of these smaller out of the way places. The distance to and from cities with airports is like a 12-hour bus ride. Looks like a flight from Antofagasta->Arica is only $100 USD, though.
I agree a week in Buenos Aires might be overkill. Everyone I've told I'm going in the BA/Montevideo says, "You must go to Buenos Aires!" Although I don't have specific reasons to go. I just figure it's a major city, so probably fun and interesting. And no, I don't plan to party. I'm mostly looking for the quiet, mysterious, strange sights, not so much the clubs, etc.
I think Chile will be awesome, I can't wait. Just trying to decide whether to skip Argentina to avoid the long BA->Atacama trek. Unless I just fly.
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