Destination suggestions for South America??

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    Jul 11, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    I'm going on vacation in South America with a couple friends at the end of this coming January!
    I'll be going for a month and a half approximately.

    We have a general outline of what we want to do and where we want to go, but I haven't really made any suggestions to my two friends.

    We plan on going to Chile for a bit, stopping in Peru for a while (Machu Picchu!) and some other countries in the vicinity. I believe we'll be checking out the Amazon for a week as well, which I'm stoked for!


    Any awesome attractions/places I should be made aware of before I go? Any suggestions are welcome!

    I kinda had Rio in mind, but that may be a bit of a detour. idk
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    Jul 11, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    Peruvians are the SWEETEST people. You stop someone in the street to ask for directions.....and they seem delighted that you did.

    You will love Machu Picchu. Go to the town of Aguas Calientes, at the entrance to the ruins, THE DAY BEFORE....or even 2 days before. It's a lovely little town with great hiking trails all around.

    If you do the more usual day trip from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, you will feel quite rushed.

    Cuzco is wonderful too and you should spend a couple of days there if you can.

    Don't get overly excited by the huge rainbow flags everywhere and the HUGE one above city hall. It's simply their municipal flag, and has been for hundreds of years before we gays adopted it.

    Visit the forums on LonelyPlanet.com to ask questions. It is an extremely active site and you will get quick answers to anything you'll ever want to know about your trip.
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    Jul 11, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    Whoa, thanks for the quick and awesome response icon_smile.gif

    I'm definitely looking forward to Peru and Machu Picchu the most. I've wanted to go there since I was a kid.
    I think we'll be in peru for a week before we do the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu so I'll definitely mention those towns and we'll check em out for a bit.
    Hiking is kinda my thing so I'm excited for that.

    I'll be sure to check out that website too. Thanks again!
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    I've heard many great things about Cuenca, Ecuador. For one thing it's known as a college town. There's also a number of expats retired there. Plus I've heard it's incredibly affordable for foreigners.
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    If you are visiting Machu Picchu, you might want to consider Lake Titicaca which isn't too far from there. La Paz, Bolivia is quite a spectualar sight. And of course, Rio de Janiero is quite beautiful and hot, hot, hot. Be sure to visit a Samba College.
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    Jul 11, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    DTP_82 saidWhoa, thanks for the quick and awesome response icon_smile.gif

    I'm definitely looking forward to Peru and Machu Picchu the most. I've wanted to go there since I was a kid.
    I think we'll be in peru for a week before we do the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu so I'll definitely mention those towns and we'll check em out for a bit.
    Hiking is kinda my thing so I'm excited for that.

    I'll be sure to check out that website too. Thanks again!

    I'm glad to hear you're doing the four day trek to Machu Picchu. It's so much more fulfilling that seeing it on a day trip by bus.

    This whole area is really special. I loved every minute of it. Go visit the Sacred Valley while you're there. Visit the Pisac market, the little village of Ollontaytambo, and leave plenty of time for Cusco.

    If you need a recommendation for a lodge in the Amazon, look at http://www.muyuna.com/. That's who I went with and I was not disappointed. The price was reasonable, the guide was really good, and the lodge was rustic and peaceful.

    I have lots of information about Peru I'll be happy to share. Just message me if you like.
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    Jul 12, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    There's Kaieteur Falls in Guyana (the only English speaking country). It's the world's tallest single drop falls and it's absolutely beautiful. The actual falls (and the surrounding area) is nice but I'm not sure if you'd like Guyana as a whole. That's where I'm from and it's not very gay-friendly.
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    Jul 12, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    I would combine a trip to Argentina and Brazil. If there is one spot you must absolutely visit, it has to be Iguassu Falls. I honestly have to say it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited!
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    Jul 12, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    Go to Cartagena in Colombia. It's one of the oldest Spanish colonial cities in the entire continent. You'll see some of the most amazing Spanish architecture ever, have the Caribbean and the beach at your disposal, and you can go back claiming to have gone somewhere in South America that is still off the beaten path and not a total tourist trap. BTW, don't be swayed by negative biases toward Colombia. It is one of the friendliest and safest places for tourists to visit in S. America.
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    Jul 12, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    Buenos Aires is the best bargain of world cities! I can't wait to have the opportunity to go there.
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    Jul 12, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Wow thanks so much guys!
    I'm gonna make a list of everything mentioned so far. I'll google it all this week and mention it to my friends.

    I'm a huge sucker for beautiful waterfalls after I went to Thailand so I definitely want to see a couple of those.

    Equador, Argentina, and Bolivia are great suggestions too, I think those might be part of our itinerary now that I think about it.
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    Jul 12, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    kandsk saidBuenos Aires is the best bargain of world cities! I can't wait to have the opportunity to go there.


    I learned Spanish (or some version of it) in Buenos Aires in 2002, and it was a smokin' bargain then. On my last visit (last December), I found the prices were pretty much comparable to visiting a similar city in the US. :-( But it's a fun city, and the people are beautiful. I haven't been to Iguazu, but I have been to the glaciers in Patagonia and really enjoyed it.
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    Jul 12, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
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    DTP_82 saidWhoa, thanks for the quick and awesome response icon_smile.gif

    I'm definitely looking forward to Peru and Machu Picchu the most. I've wanted to go there since I was a kid.
    I think we'll be in peru for a week before we do the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu so I'll definitely mention those towns and we'll check em out for a bit.
    Hiking is kinda my thing so I'm excited for that.

    I'll be sure to check out that website too. Thanks again!

    I'm glad to hear you're doing the four day trek to Machu Picchu. It's so much more fulfilling that seeing it on a day trip by bus.

    This whole area is really special. I loved every minute of it. Go visit the Sacred Valley while you're there. Visit the Pisac market, the little village of Ollontaytambo, and leave plenty of time for Cusco.

    If you need a recommendation for a lodge in the Amazon, look at http://www.muyuna.com/. That's who I went with and I was not disappointed. The price was reasonable, the guide was really good, and the lodge was rustic and peaceful.

    I have lots of information about Peru I'll be happy to share. Just message me if you like.


    Oh man I forgot to say thanks for all this haha
    Especially that link.

    I'll defs message you for info about Peru if I need/want to know a bit more about the place from someone who's been there.
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:10 AM GMT
    Yes, Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, a must go in my opinion.

    There is another capital city that usually gets overlooked, and I don't understand why: it's wonderful, great weather, absolutely delicious food, friendly people and a 45 min flight from Buenos Aires.

    MONTEVIDEO!!

    Check this out:

    http://wikitravel.org/en/Montevideo