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Traveling around South America

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Traveling around South America


I am traveling from the UK to Rio for the carvnivals February next year. I have 3 weeks and would like to see and do as much in South America as possible. Does anybody know a good route for me to take?

I also am not sure whether to book a return flight from UK to Rio or whether I should book a single and fly back to the UK from another airport?



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1. Re: Traveling around South America

South America is a huge continent, so you need to be more specific about your budget, where you would like to go, and what your interests are. Clearly you need to do some additional research. Have a look at the links below to see if any of these countries might appeal to your sense of adventure:

Map of South America:


Map of Brazil:


Brazil Travel Guide:


Map of major cities in Brazil:


Map of Chile:


Chile Travel Guide:


Map of Argentina:


Argentina Travel Guide:


Map of Uruguay:


Uruguay Travel Guide:


Map of Peru:


Peru Travel Guide:


Bristol, United...
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2. Re: Traveling around South America


Thank you for your reply and the info that you provided. I have been looking into this all day and think that I would like to do a route which includes iguazu falls and that ends up in buenos aires. I can get a flight from buenos aires back to rio and then head back to the UK from there. Does that sound like a doable route given my 3 week time scale? I will have a £1500 budget.


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3. Re: Traveling around South America

It does sound doable. Your budget of £1500 would work if you stay in hostels or inexpensive hotels. South America can be very expensive these days.

You could begin in Rio, then move on to Ilha Grande, Paraty, Iguaçu Falls, Buenos Aires, and (since they’re very close to B.A.) Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo in Uruguay. You can fly back to the UK from Buenos Aires instead of backtracking to Rio.

While in Rio, consider staying at a nice hostel in Ipanema or Leblon, two of the safest neighborhoods in Rio.

Have a look at the links below and read the reviews to see if any of them might suit your budget and your needs. Look for the ones with a rating of 85% and above. Lemon Spirit, Harmonia, and the Mango Tree are three top choices.




Ilha Grande (Big Island) is 95 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. The island is a largely undeveloped protected area and noted for its beautiful beaches and hillsides covered in lush tropical forests. There are no cars and no banks on Ilha Grande, so bring cash with you since not all hotels, shops, and restaurants accept credit cards. The largest village on the island is Vila do Abraão, where most of the visitor facilities are located, and can be reached from the mainland by local ferries and catamarans.

Ilha Grande Info:


How to get to there:





Angra dos Reis Info:


Paraty (also Parati), a coastal historic town between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is about 160 miles from Rio and replete with picturesque cobbled streets, forests, waterfalls, islands, and an emerald-green sea.

Slide Show of Paraty:


Paraty Info:




How to get there:



Weather in Paraty:


Hostels in Paraty:




Colonia des Sacremento:




Iguaçu Falls:




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4. Re: Traveling around South America

I second Monte's suggestion of a stay at Lemon Spirit. Leblon is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Rio.


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5. Re: Traveling around South America

Brazil, especially Rio, at Carnaval means much higher than normal rates and minimum-stay requirements at most hotels and pousadas. Start looking, and reserving, early. Months in advance. Also start looking at air fares. Buses cheaper but obviously take a long longer and may be extremely crowded around Carnaval. Many visitors are surprised at how expensive Brazil is. Argentina less so.

Edited: 10:53 am, April 15, 2013
Bristol, United...
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6. Re: Traveling around South America

Thank you all for your advice and information! Now that I know a rough route to take I am going to go ahead and book my flights. My next step after that will be booking accommodation in Rio for the carnivals, I can see by the links that prices are a lot more around that time so I need to be organised.

Thanks again! I will be in touch if I have any more questions!


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