Chile and Argentina Travel Help
January 14, 2014 7:11 PM Subscribe
Help us plan a last-minute trip to South America.
posted by hamandcheese to Travel & Transportation around Chile (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Mrs. Cheese and I are flying into Santiago on Monday, and due to a perfect storm of last-minute booking and work commitments, I have been unable to spend as much time as I'd like researching an itinerary.
We have a couple guidebooks, and are very used to traveling by the seat of our pants. But we'd love some travel itinerary advice, as well as general advice about the region. It's our first time in South America. The trip is 5 weeks total, but we are heading to Easter Island for the last week or so. So, that leaves a month.
I'd love to get over to Buenos Aires, if possible, but I'm not sure about the duration of the bus ride, and/or being able to do some kind of loop to avoid coming back to Santiago via the same route. I'd also love to get down to Patagonia, but I'm not sure we have enough time if BA and Easter Island take it all up. We won't be traveling with hiking or camping gear.
We'd love to see some local festivals or any other special events happening at that time. We'd also love to get some warm weather and beach time.
Any specific itinerary advice from some local folks or seasoned travelers? Anything else we should be thinking about? I really don't know how much we should try to tackle? We don't want to be moving too fast.
Finally, we've heard some anecdotes about high crime in Santiago. How worried should we be? We will be traveling very light, but will have an iPad and a couple decent cameras. What should we know?