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South America trip tips? by infinitymedia on 23 September 2003 5:33pm
I'm planning a trip around the South American continent. From Ecuador, Peru to Chile, Patagonia, round to Argentina, Brazil onto Venezuela to finish.

Its a guided trip starting Oct 2004 for nearly 6 months, but you have to organise your own flights to and from.

Does anybody have any information, tips, help they can give me? Anything at all would be great.
Re: South America trip tips? by stephlynne on 23 September 2003 6:41pm
Hi! Sounds like you are in for a great trip! Of the countries you mention, I've only been to Peru (so far). It was incredible. My husband and I have posted our photos and travelogue on our web site


If you have any Peru questions, feel free to send us an email!

Re: South America trip tips? by decomposingcomposers on 27 September 2003 10:29pm
my advice is 'HAVE FUN!!!'
Re: South America trip tips? by MykReeve on 3 November 2003 2:26am
My advice would be not to overpack - you can buy clothing out there incredibly cheaply, so don't take too much with you! Plus, you'll need plenty of space for ridiculous souvenirs...!

To expand on what decomposingcomposers says - do be prepared for situations to change frequently in Latin America, and the tour might have to change at short notice. I'm just back from a trip through Peru - and some of our group were going to continue into Bolivia, until the recent riots kicked off there. The advantage with a guided trip is that it is someone else's responsibility to sort out where you go next! So, relax and have fun.

I've got a website at - http://www.mykreeve.net - the pictures of Peru aren't online yet, but should be by the end of this week.
Re: South America trip tips? by sminobe on 5 November 2003 1:41am
Use the guidebook MP used when he was in SA for "Full Circle" -- the South American Handbook by Footprints (first published in 1921 & still going strong!). Per MP "I carried (it) from Cape Horn to Cartagena and consulted it every night for two months. And I wouldn't do that for anything else except my hip flask."

Also, visit the Torres del Paine -- I have one of Basil's pictures of it on my desktop:

Unfortunately, it has some guy standing in the way... ;-)


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