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This represents a certain kind of affluent way of travelling. Some like that way, but not me, even when i have that kind of money. Jetting around to these different cities and only spending a few days, that’s a waste, in my opinion. Either pick one place and really get to know it, or spend more total time so you can be in each place longer. And don’t go on a tour and be led around on a hectic pace. Relax, wander around yourself, decide for yourself what to do. but like ccellist says (below?), it depends on your opinion of tours. and that of course depends on a whole worldview and way of living life.
It really depends on your preferences, budget, etc… When we went, we used lonely planet (check out http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/ ), we bought inexpensive plane tickets from the US to Buenos Aires, and then bought airline tickets for four domestic flights once we got there. The whole three week trip, including getting there cost $2000 each. I wouldn’t go for the thing you posted – I prefer exploring on my own, coming and going as it makes sense, and meeting people, not wedged into a tour bus… If you sign up for a tour, you’re going to have to go with their program. You don’t need a guide to show you around any of these places — we didn’t speak more than a few sentences of Spanish, although we did find our French useful since a lot of French students summer (Dec-Jan) there.
I would agree with Bill… except it largely depends on where you stand with regard to tours. As far as the tour goes, it does a good job (at first glance) of showing you some highlights of South America. I would think spending more than just a day at Fosa Iguazu would be preferable.
If you don’t mind following someone else’s itinerary, it seems like a good trip, though a little expensive (I wonder what kind of food they’ll be providing, and what kind of hotels you’ll be staying in). I myself prefer putting a trip together myself so I could have some flexibility, but this can be daunting and even difficult if you don’t speak Spanish. If you want to see Chile though, there are much better places to go. Santiago is a nice enough city, but there’s so much more to see (Frutillar, the southern lakes, Arica, Antofagasta, the Valley of the Moon, Torres del Paine, etc…).
The short answer is, if you don’t mind tours, and if you can afford it it will be a nice way to get a taste of South America, getting your feet wet as it were. If you do end up doing it, and you think you’ll have some free time in Santiago, I have some suggestions for places to go. Hope this helps.
i’m from santiago!
i think that Buenos Aires and all of those other cities are OK. if you come to chile, don’t come to Santiago! it’s much much better to go to Valparaiso if you don’t have much time to visit Patagonia.
if you can skip Santiago, do it
if you can add Valparaiso, Valdivia, Atacama Desert or some south forests, do it
that’s my opinion
Buenos Aires is NICE
(doubts, just tell me)
Doubts? Yes, I have many doubts and so I tell you as you say, just as you say you care. I appreciate your candid observations. Your words caught me. I am planning a trip to Chile soon and I would like to know more from someone who lives there and is “in the know” so to speak. I seek solitude, open spaces, freedom to lie down with the stars as my blanket, my deepest mind my best companion. I search for discovery of ancient secrets and exploration of hidden places. I have no need of crowds and tourist attractions. I am partial to a warm to hot climate, isolated stretches of beaches and the sound of the ocean. My greatest desire is to organize my thoughts and finish my words yet unknown and silent.
I have a need to know more about this place, Chile, that looks so real…a stark, raw beauty I see from the darkness. I am tired of where I am, such a sameness in and out, this supposed Light is slowly freezing my brain. I want to breathe a new place. I wish to not be lost within the knowing any longer, to feel the Truth in the true Light no one sees, no one knows. I sense the light can be found there. I talk too much, been alone with myself for too long a time….LOL
Alone with yourself is not alone at all…
You can come, this country doesn’t rejects you and even like when people come.
You want stars to lie down, but warm… that’s for some coast. and well, for words, go south…
Anyway, when you arrive, ask. Ask young people here. i’ll think about some good place where that Truth can be, even if it is everywhere around you now, but “sleepy”.
Time and money are always a problem. There’s only so much you can do with 10 days of vacation.
I went on a cruise so I only had a minium of days in each place. I would rather have spent several more days in one place than a couple of days in each. Having had the experience of a couple of days in each place I can now say confidently however that I would spend more time in a Argentina and Chile. So next time I go there I will go on a two week vacation to one place. you could look at your trip that way as well. You will still enjoy yourself but it will be at a fast pace. At least it will leave you with the knowledge of where you would like to spend more time next time. :)
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