One Month in South America
A single common question I was asked as a travel agent was what to see and do in South America with limited time. More and more Aussies are heading over to Latin America because of cheaper flights and the promise of a great and various experience. Nevertheless what can you actually see and experience in a month? Is it worthwhile? inca jungle
So many people are hitting South America as part of their Uni break over Holiday, or you might just be finally burning up some well deserved gross annual leave.
For those just starting to plan your trip you will probably be keen to see the major attractions like the Inca trail in Peru, the Galapagos of the islands in Ecuador, Rio or Buenos Ares, the Amazon online and more. So where to start?
The vital thing to keep in mind is the size of the area and the often difficult and unreliable local travel (made harder to make a deal with the language barrier). While seeing heaps of places in a brief time in Europe is easy, Brazil by itself is bigger than Australia. Getting around can be an inconvenience to say the least, but not impossible for a short trip.
When hard to generalize there are basically two popular routes/regions of the continent that are fairly easily trodden immediately. Both so called ‘Gringo trails’ can be fairly easily traversed on your own or with an organized tour. Per month in South America might appear like this:
* Fly from Sydney, using a short stop in New Zealand to Santiago Chile. If arriving in Santiago Qantas or Local area network Chile will have the better flights/connections. For almost any travel around peak times like Christmas you have to book at least 6-8 months in advance to avoid paying near $3000 return (you can pull the tickets swell under $2000inc tax if you reserve early or go away of peak season).
5. From Chile you can get a connection on the same day to Quito, Ecuador. After having a few days finding the sights around Exento you can hop a short flight to the Galapagos Islands for a cruise around the Island destinations.
* Back to Exento require a flight to Lima. Spend a day or two, then a brief 1 hour (and picturesque flight) through the Andes to Cusco, the hop off point for the hike to the Inca trail (try to avoid the 24 hour tour bus ride from Lima – Cuzco, its a bad ride). Keep in head permits for the Inca trail have to be booked through a concert tours group (in Australia or direct in South America) at least 6 several weeks in advance to be assured an area on the trail. Remember that acclimatising to the éminence in Cuzco usually takes a few days and is recommended before any serious hiking. So no hurry!
* After seeing the ruins around Cusco many people will head to Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon (another short flight). From there you can trek into the new world from an ‘eco’ hotel.
* Back to Cuzco from the jungle and then into Bolivia to see the capital La Paz, and the Echar a perder De Uni Salt condominiums.
* All of this is a fair piece of travel and the month will almost be done. Planning to tack Brazil and Argentina into the same trip might be a lttle bit much, and better done individually if you simply have a few weeks.
Almost this exact route can be done through any major tour group in Quotes (and will typically be one or two trips tacked together, lasting a month possibly even in total). It’s simple to publication or travel on your own, just be aware that permits for the Inca trail and the Galapagos must be arranged well in advance.