Getting around, ease of travel and costs and how long needed?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 25, 2012 1:18 AM Last Post By: trent84
Sep 24, 2012 3:08 AM
Getting around, ease of travel and costs and how long needed?Hi,
Me and my friend have decided to travel to South America next year and are trying to find out some more information from people who have actually been there and done it.
We hope to do the following: -
1. Brazil - Rio
2. Iguazzu Falls
4. Peru Machu Pichu
5. Easter Island (if possible)
We were hoping to get this done in 2 weeks or less!
Not sure at all how much this would cost,or what spends are needed?
Is it possible to travel to Boliva with ease? I have so many questions but hopefully you guys can pass on your experience and tell me the best places to visit or any info that would be of help.
Sep 24, 2012 3:35 AM
1Thats a no then lol.
The main ones i want to do are Rio, Iguazzu and Peru.
Sep 24, 2012 3:36 AM
2You'd be rushing if you had 2 months. "Ease of travel" and "Bolivia" definitely don't belong in the same sentence.
Sep 24, 2012 3:42 AM
Sep 24, 2012 4:18 AM
4Sorry for being blunt before. But that just seemed crazy.
Even Rio, Iguazu and Peru in 2 weeks is a bit too much.
Again, its time. Iguazu really only needs 3 nights. Rio needs more time, at least a minimum of 5 days to a week (big city and one of the highlights of any South American trip).
Peru is the 3rd Largest country in South America (after Brazil and Argentina). So trying to see that in 3-4 days is like trying to have sex with a supermodel (highly unlikely unless your famous).
You'd be looking to get a fair few flights. And it wouldn't be great.
I'd say perhaps stick to Rio - Iguazu - BA. (yes I know BA isn't exactly on your list but it makes it a lot easier logistically).
Sep 24, 2012 5:50 AM
Sep 24, 2012 6:45 AM
Sep 24, 2012 6:55 AM
7I have never been these places before, but id only want to see in Rio - christ redeemer and coco cabana beach, iguazzu falls - just the waterfall, and peru just macchu pichu?
Why would that be so difficult to do in 2 weeks? Am i missing out other things i should be seeing?
BA is this "bruno aries"?
Sep 24, 2012 7:41 AM
8BA = Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
You can visit Copacabana and the Christ Statue in a few hours, in the same day actually. But you would miss all that Rio has to offer...
It's like going to Paris only to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and go.
I would stay, at least, 4 nights in Rio, 2 nights in Iguazu and the rest of it in Peru.
Sep 24, 2012 8:05 AM
9Why would that be so difficult to do in 2 weeks? Am i missing out other things i should be seeing?
The distances your trying to cover are the main reasons why this is so difficult to do in 2 weeks. Hopefully you have a private jet like tryfan suggests, lots of frequent flyer points, or lots of cash to buy lots of flights.
Your missing out on a heap of things. Peru is just not Machu Picchu. You have Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, the Andes (with some amazing hikes), the Amazon, Lake Titicaca. Not to mention the array of Ruins around Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
Rio - well, there is more to Rio than Copacabana and Cristo Redentor. Copa is not the 'nicest' beach. Go around the corner and try Ipanema or Leblon. The Pao de acucar (sugarloaf Mountain) is also a definite highlight. Not to mention the night life, Lapa, and the downtown museums. And you can't forget a game at the football.
Sep 24, 2012 11:50 AM
10If you fly between all destinations you could visit Cusco, Rio and Iguazu in 2 weeks quite easily. The flights will be very expensive. If you want to take bus to Peru forget it. Also there is much more to Peru and Brazil than these places so please don't cross them off as a been there done that kinda thing.
Sep 24, 2012 12:06 PM
People on this forum love this kind of entries. If you say "Rio, Iguazu and Peru" you can't get serious answers.
In two weeks (or less) you can visit Rio, Iguazu, Buenos Aires, and return to Rio stopping by in one place in between.
Sep 24, 2012 9:23 PM
12A suitable answer also depends on your interests and age:-
Cultural/historical - Peru.
Nightclubbing/beach/sex - Rio.
Nature - Iguazzu etc etc.
Personally I preferred Peru, especially Machu Picchu. Don't waste too much time at Lima, just focus on MP and Cusco.
I also loved Easter Island & Bolivia but the first is expensive and involves a long plane flight. The 2nd is a very inexpensive destination but carries the risk of delays due to civil disobedience, especially La Paz.
Sep 25, 2012 1:18 AM
13Nature - there is nature everywhere. Brazil has the amazon and the pantanal. As well as some great national parks. Peru also has the amazon, the andes, and lakes that could consist of nature.
All in all, the 2 weeks is going to be very rush rush. And not so enjoyable. Also flying into Cusco will hurt (going from sea level to 3000+ metres could cause soroche - altitude sickness).
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