South America from March 2013 Itinery!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 11, 2012 1:50 AM Last Post By: littlewesty
Dec 3, 2012 1:16 PM
South America from March 2013 Itinery!Hi Everyone :-)
Me and my friend Sophie are travelling to South America in March 2013! It will be the first time either of us have backpacked, so would appreciate any advice you could give us. We touch down in Salvador and this it the route I had planned - would love to know what do you think?
Salvador to Feira De Santana
Feira De Santana to Montes Carlos
Montes Carlos to Brasilia
Brasilia to Rio De Janerio
then to Sao Paulo (including Ilha Grande - Paraty)
then on to Iguazu Falls
This obviously is only the first part of our journey as we are then planning to go on to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Educador and Colombia! But I would like to get the Brazil route clear in my head first!
I'm thinking we will mainly be travelling by bus, does anyone have any other website other than http://www.buscaonibus.com.br/ that they could recommend?
Also we are planning on budgeting just under £1000/ month to travel on - do you think this is do-able?
Sorry for being probably a bit vague & also sorry for so many questions!
We are so excited!
Dec 3, 2012 4:23 PM
1Budget is about right. You will spend more in Brazil, more or less 1000 per month in Argentina/Chile and less in the other countries. Allow at least 8 months to do this trip comfortably.
www.plataforma10.com is a good website for Argentina buses. Other countries you will have to look at individual bus companies, and many don't have websites.
Dec 3, 2012 4:51 PM
2How long are you spending in Brazil? It is a fairly large country. 1,000 quid is about right for budget.
But why Brasilia? There isnt much there. And Montes Carlos is baffling....if you want a great Minais city look no further than Ouro Preto. If you love beaches, stay in Bahia - some of the best beaches I've been to are there. But its all dependant on time.
Buses are cheap and go all the time, but if your travelling large distances. E.G Brasilia to Rio than a bus is going to SUUUUPPPEEEERRR long. It will be quicker and cheaper to take a flight (flights can be cheap in Brazil unlike most of SAM).
Dec 3, 2012 6:25 PM
3Brasilia must be one of the most boring capitals in the world. I would def skip it as there is notjing interesting and it is a very long way there
Dec 4, 2012 1:44 PM
4Hazzdawg - thanks, yeah we're planning on about 6-8 months & glad to hear you think the budget is about right!
Trent84 - Probably around a month, or there abouts. After looking at it I think we could drop Brasilia and do a coastal route down from Salvador to Sao Paulo. Do you think that would make more sense/ be better?
Beerfree - thanks for the advice - probably thinking we'll skip that now!
Thank you :-) x
Dec 4, 2012 1:54 PM
5Don´t worry much about reserving buses online in Southamerica. Many bus companies do not even have a website or at least not online reservations and those who have often have problems with the page or only accept domestic credit cards. Except for Christmas, New year and Easter and some long weekends, you can usually find bus tickets reserving just 1 day in advance or even on the spot. Some specific routes like San Pedro de Atacama to Salta or Ushuaia to Punta Arenas are sometimes more complicated. Going down south along the coast from El Salvador is a good option
Dec 4, 2012 3:50 PM
6Do you think that would make more sense/ be better?
It makes more sense, and its fairly logical. There are some great beach areas like Itacare and Morro de Sao Paulo (5 hours south of Salvador) and Arraial and Trancoso (further South - close to Porto Seguro). I wouldn't try to get to all of them (you wont have time) but google them and see what takes your fancy. You also have Buzios near RJ which isn't too shabby either. You might need to book a flight from Bahia to RJ but they shouldnt be too expensive (flights in Brazil can be quite cheap if booked ahead).
As beerfree says, buses are quite easy to take in South America, there is rarely a need to book in advanced (unless its a small town with little services. Most of the time you can turn up to the rodoviaria and get a bus that day. It always makes sense to buy a ticket the day before if possible.
If you decide to ta
Dec 11, 2012 1:50 AM
7Beerfree & trent84 - thank you both :-)
After thinking it through it is more logical to do the coastal route and skip Brasilia!
Thanks for all your advice - can't wait to get on those beaches!! :-) x
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