2 months in S.A. - where would you stay?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 24, 2013 4:10 AM Last Post By: mariyamake
Aug 23, 2013 8:24 AM
2 months in S.A. - where would you stay?Help me design a trip.
I would like to spend a couple months in South America. I want to base myself out of 1 city for a month and then stay in a different city for the second month. I prefer larger cities. I like beaches, cheap accommodation, and the ability to travel. Safety is an issue because I'd bring my wife, but we do enjoy adventure.
What 2 cities do you pick and why?
If I stay in these cities, what are some doable 2-3 day weekend trips away from these cities? My idea is to stay in a city and do a trip away every weekend.
Aug 23, 2013 10:20 AM
Aug 23, 2013 10:59 AM
2I know it was a vague post...
I'm actually saving/planning for a world trip a couple years away and this is just one section of it. I'm just trying to gain some inspiration. Right now I'm thinking July/August but honestly I'm flexible. My plan is to do airbnb or something similar to make my living arrangements in advance. So, I'm sure I can find something within our budget, whatever that may be, depending on how diligently we save.
We kind of prefer staying low key part of the time. Just goofing around, exploring the city, restaurants/bars for part of the time, just relaxing. But mixed with some adventure. I'm hoping on planing adventurous weekend getaways from our base cities. So like, hiking, scuba diving, river cruising, festivals, concerts, sky diving, long road trips, whatever...
I know people really hate vague posts. I apologize. I guess I'm asking, which cities are laid back, not too expensive but also within range of popular travel destinations. I'm looking for suggestions like, "Stay in Caracas because you can cheaply fly to Angel Falls for one weekend, then bus to Bogota the next weekend..." (I pulled this out of nowhere, I'm not suggesting its a good idea for us).
Edited by: minerman
Aug 23, 2013 3:30 PM
3July/ August. Beaches.....
Well that would tend to rule out Buenos Aires, Santiago and probably La Paz. Santiago isn't exactly the most fascinating place anyway and I've not been to La Paz.
Rio would fit your bill admirably except that it is very expensive It certainly has the beaches, is a cosmopolitan and endlessly fascinating city, the natural beauty of the setting is second to none and is well located for weekends away..
Your biggest problem re Brazil will be that the World Cup is being held there next July so costs are going through the roof. Salvador would be my other suggestion. Unique culture, unique regional cuisine, access to beaches, cheaper than Rio and day trip or weekend trips are extensive. Itaparica, the Chapada Diamintina, up the coast to the Costa Verde, an overnight bus or short flight down to Araial d'Ajuda, Trncoso etc. Weeknder in Cachoeira or across the water in Morro de São Paulo. Handy to fly up to Recife and further north.
Likely to be damp in July but again your bigger problem is the World Cup. You are probably better off going to Colombia if you are stick with those dates.
I'd get hold of a guide book if I was you.
Aug 23, 2013 4:41 PM
4For some reason La Paz is not widely known for its beaches. Just saying.
OP, see why the time of year matters? Beaches in Argentina and Uruguay, perfectly reasonable during the summer, are cold and damp during winter. Chile and Peru aren't much fun either. Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela make the grade, as do all the Guianas and much of Brazil.
See why your actual budget makes a difference? If you don't see it yet, you will when you try to book lodging in Rio. Salvador, only slightly less so. French Guiana is even more expensive than Brazil. "Cheap" covers a lot of range, but given your desire to travel in July/August and be near beaches, if you want "cheap" I'm thinking you're pretty much limited to parts of Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela--the last of these, assuming you don't mind working the currency black market.
At this point, any more details are likely wasted. Corisco is right: read a guidebook.
Aug 24, 2013 4:10 AM
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