Traveling Around South America

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Hi,

In January I'm thinking of flying over from England to Brazil and then traveling around South America for 4 or 5 months and then flying out from Santiago to New Zealand where I shall travel for a bit and then try to find Graphic Design work on my working holiday visa.

Has anyone got any tips for my South America route and the cheapest way of doing this including the flights? I don't necessarily have to fly into Brazil, as long as it's in the route somewhere because I would like to go to some carnivals. I have around ?8k saved up but I would like to spend about half this. I'm also a bit worried about the dangers of traveling by myself in this part of the world.

Cheers

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mundo

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Hi there,
 

Coming from NZ Santiago is the most convenient place to fly into.
If you fly with LAN you can also get a South American airpass then lets you get cheap domestic flights within South America.

A strong word of advice... the south Chile Argentina and Brazil are phenominally expensive compared with the Andean side (on par with European prices).

If you want your money to stretch as far as possible, head up to
Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia,
where you can live like a king on a very modest budget.

I am actually a tour guide in South America and have worked all over the continent - if you want to see some of the itineraries we run for these destinations to help you with your planning, drop me a line on and I'd be happy to send you some samples. Alternatively, look at the Wild Frontiers website.

All the best and happy trip planning

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nigelm

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hi Doroty x, i  did a six month trip in 2002 from quito (equador) to buenos aires, pure backpacking,planes,trains,coaches and small jungle boats.had a brilliant time. planning to go again next march/april on my own. the lonely planet guide was a very worthwhile bit of kit .the whole trip for me and my ex was around the ?5000 mark.this included flights,board,food and everything,we even managed to visit the galapagos islands while we were there(included in this budget). avoid tour operators of every  discription as they will try and fleece you. (sorry to offend  any genuine ones reading this). if you want to know of what routes and stuff i took then pls email me.or if you want to leave a couple of months later than when you planned, i might come with you part of the way.take care x nigel

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Good idea, Brazil and England both are very beautiful countries. Carnaval Miami and harleston CariFest are most interested carnivals of America.

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amberthomas

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It seems like the entire continent approaches life with the enthusiasm of an old-fashioned road trip: windows down and stereo blaring. Long-term travelers find enough variety in South America to keep them occupied for months or years, both in the population and the geography.


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John Dennis

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Brazil shares a border with almost every other country in South America--only Chile and Ecuador are untouched--and covers almost half the continent. Almost half of Brazil's territory is covered by the basin of the Amazon River and its tributaries, a region that is one of the world's largest rainforest ecologies.   Unfortunately, a substantial proportion of this area has suffered the effects of modernization in recent years. Brazil – it’s white beaches, a large number of architectural monuments, the most positive and friendly people on earth. A country where everyone can find something for themselves. Brazil has many things to be proud of -being the birthplace of bossa nova, the kings of football, great racers. Country has eternally positive mood. Just imagine the bright sun, beautiful girls, and the home of world famous carnival.


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South America is a beautiful place to travel, but traveling around South America is not like traveling in the US or Europe. If you don't prepare properly, it can be stressful, uncomfortable and unpleasant. Good planning and preparation will make your holiday much more comfortable and relaxing.

  • If you are doing the Inca Trail or riding, you will need heavy boots. To save space in your luggage, wear these on the plane or train. You may look a bit silly but it will make your baggage lighter (which is particularly good if there is a weight restriction) and will save valuable space.
  • As the risk of theft is so high, it is important to keep any used films safe in hotels or to get memory cards copied onto a CD/DVD. This can be done in any large town and is fairly cheap. It is especially worth doing if you will be away for a long time.
  • Take photocopies of your passport, identification, and credit cards, and keep them someplace separate from the originals. You will have all the information you need if you need to replace something or report it as stolen.
  • Phone the companies that issue your credit cards and ATM card and let them know that you will be traveling. They can put a note on your account so that they don't call your home with a fraud warning while you are traveling. This is also a good time to inquire about current contact information in case your card is lost or stolen during your trip.

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