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South American chica...

Woo hoo!! I've got a sabbatical from my career for 6 weeks - I can't believe my luck.

My plans are to go to South America...anyone else been, and if so what would you recommend? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. The Galapagos are a definite and I've got a rough sketched itinerary in my mind as to the other countries I want to see.

Hmmm, I need to brush up on my Spanish, and pack my thong for Rio and I'm all set i think...(alas if only it was that simple but I've a few months to plan it)

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Only got as far as Central America (about 13 years ago)...travelled on a bus through the Baja Peninsula and had the time of my life :D

Had a baja at the time so it seemed the right thing to do :)
 

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I went all over SA a few years ago and there are so many cool places..

As you're 'limited' (;)) to 6 weeks I would maybe go for a Peru / Ecuador. I've been to Peru twice and love the place - it may be a bit cliche but you have to go to Machu Picchu and the area surrounding Cuzco.. it blew me away on both occasions!

Ecuador is great for rainforest / wildlife stuff along with a fair few adventure sports (rafting, canyoning etc) if that's your thing.. plus you'll be in the right place to get to Galapagos.

I went on an 'organised' overland tour and, though it's not everyone's cup of tea, it does allow you to cram lots in without having to worry about getting from one place to the next - useful if you're short of time.

Have fun!
 

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SimonT said:
I went all over SA a few years ago and there are so many cool places..

As you're 'limited' (;)) to 6 weeks I would maybe go for a Peru / Ecuador. I've been to Peru twice and love the place - it may be a bit cliche but you have to go to Machu Picchu and the area surrounding Cuzco.. it blew me away on both occasions!

Ecuador is great for rainforest / wildlife stuff along with a fair few adventure sports (rafting, canyoning etc) if that's your thing.. plus you'll be in the right place to get to Galapagos.

I went on an 'organised' overland tour and, though it's not everyone's cup of tea, it does allow you to cram lots in without having to worry about getting from one place to the next - useful if you're short of time.

Have fun!
Hmmm, that's exactly what I have in mind. ;) I'm thinking Quito - Galapagos - Amazon - Cuzco (Machu Picchu) - Lake Titicaca - La Paz. Which company did you use for your overland tour, out of interest?

I would be interested to hear more about where you've been, costs, cool places to go. If you have time, please drop me a line at madamejojo23 at yahoo dot co dot uk :)
 

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Ooooh, I've just noticed your photos of your travels - they're fantastic! Machu Picchu looks amazing.
 

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[[cbr*faerie]] said:
Ooooh, I've just noticed your photos of your travels - they're fantastic! Machu Picchu looks amazing.
hi ! I went to Lima, capital of Peru (sent there for work!) and the best word i would use to describe the place ..... Humbling.
Sky scraper hotels with casino's right next to shanty shed houses. :( some of the roads werent even paved...
And if you want to go to Machu Pichu, please please pay for a decent plane ticket to get there. Literally hundreds of people are hurt each year on their busses :eek:

Sounds cool that you got 6 weeks off !! Have a ball mate ! ;)
 

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hi ! I went to Lima, capital of Peru (sent there for work!) and the best word i would use to describe the place ..... Humbling.
Sky scraper hotels with casino's right next to shanty shed houses. :( some of the roads werent even paved...
And if you want to go to Machu Pichu, please please pay for a decent plane ticket to get there. Literally hundreds of people are hurt each year on their busses :eek:

Sounds cool that you got 6 weeks off !! Have a ball mate ! ;)
Thanks! I keep pinching myself, as I can hardly believe it either.

I'm a little worried about the buses, I've been on rickety ones in Tibet and China, which scared the hell out of me in the mountains, so I know what you mean. But then again I'm not keen on flying either!
 

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[[cbr*faerie]] said:
Thanks! I keep pinching myself, as I can hardly believe it either.

I'm a little worried about the buses, I've been on rickety ones in Tibet and China, which scared the hell out of me in the mountains, so I know what you mean. But then again I'm not keen on flying either!
yeah but like them or not, the planes are safer !!
:hug: be careful !
 

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Peru is the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

Spent a few weeks there a while back and dying to go back.







Machu Pichu is a beautiful place to visit, try and get there for sunsrise to watch it come up! It's breathtaking, really is spectacular.

Cuzco is brilliant and amazing for exploring and is reasonable price wise for good beer and food.

Try and visit the salt flats (although on the Bolivia/Peru border) and Lake Titicaca as well, to beautiful place. People are amazing and I managed to look around traditional Quenchan families houses while I was there. If you get chance experience everything you can.

Be careful over ther though and don't go handing money or chocolate out to beggers. You'll be asking for trouble.

Any questions, PM me!

Enjoy ;)
 

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Thanks

Enjoy planning your trip!

If your anything like me you'll have butterflies already :D
 

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Scampi said:
Thanks

Enjoy planning your trip!

If your anything like me you'll have butterflies already :D
I have, although nothing's set in stone as yet. So many places so little time. I've always wanted to do Japan. And Laos. And Cambodia.

The planning part is almost as good as actually going off and doing it.
 

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I have, although nothing's set in stone as yet. So many places so little time. I've always wanted to do Japan. And Laos. And Cambodia.

The planning part is almost as good as actually going off and doing it.
Yeah, the reading up and the research :D

Then as soon as you get there, everything changes :lol:
 

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I'm off down that way tomorrow!

Well the Falkland Islands for 4 months. If you get that far south give us a shout :incheek:

Might get a trip up to Chile though :D


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Oh yeah, nearly forgot.

Patagonia is a must if you get chance ;)
 
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