South America - Best place to go

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    Jan 29, 2016 4:57 PM GMT
    I'm thinking about going to Central or South America for vacation this year. First time in that part of the world. I've heard good things about Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile, but maybe Panama or Costa Rica would be safer bets. Any suggestions?
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    Jan 29, 2016 5:10 PM GMT
    Every of these countries would be safe if you are staying in holiday resort , but you won't be able to discover the country that way ..If you want to take a little risk , rent a car and visit the rest of the country ,don't flash your American way of life and you will enjoy their beauty , you will find the locals very friendly ..
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 30, 2016 10:18 PM GMT
    Visit Santiago, Chile for its history, architecture, and it's hot hunky men. It seems like that South American metropolis is hunk central. In addition you have some of the highest peaks of the Andes Mountains nearby. Explore the Andes from Santiago down to Tierra del Fuego. I have been told that is gorgeous, rugged country of forests, lakes, glaciers, and jagged mountain peaks.
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    Jan 31, 2016 12:53 AM GMT
    Zika.
  • tj85016

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    Jan 31, 2016 2:51 PM GMT
    Chile or Peru

    forget Brazil, it's a hell hole, most Central America is pretty grim also

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    Jan 31, 2016 5:45 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidChile or Peru

    forget Brazil, it's a hell hole, most Central America is pretty grim also

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    New Orleans is the 32nd most dangerous city in the world. I wonder what rollicking retard rnch has to say about that since his beloved Democratic Party has had a tight grip on that city's politics for well over 50 years.

    Ciudad Juarez is not on this list, holy shit that is a real shocker. Rio De Janiero not on this list neither that is unbelievable.
  • tj85016

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    Jan 31, 2016 5:55 PM GMT
    ^^

    I actually walked to Ciudad Juarez over the bridge from El Paso (during a layover from an Outward Bound trip to Big Bend National Park, TX)

    I left El Paso with US$25, ate and drank like a pig in Juarez, gave $10 to a Mexican lady with a baby on her back, and walked back to El Paso with $2

    what a hell hole, but the street food was awesome
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    Feb 02, 2016 2:50 AM GMT
    Mate, I just came back from Chile (first time), Argentina (first time), and Brasil (4th time) last Thursday. Chile is beautiful. A lot of history, people are beautiful and friendly.

    Brasil is always a good place, but you have to be careful. Don't flash jewelry or anything of value, because they will pass and rip it right off of you.

    Argentina is beautiful, but the people are a little insecure, therefore carrying an arrogance about them that is quite disgusting.

    Wherever you decide to go, the US Dollar has a lot of value, so items purchased would seem really inexpensive to you, but very costly to the locals.

    Cheers,

    Sean
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    Feb 02, 2016 9:15 PM GMT
    Coincidentally, just last weekend I read through the blog of a young guy who makes a compelling case for Chile. Although he took 18 months off, which not everyone can do, and sailed there, the accounts of different towns and areas that he visited might be useful.

    The blog is here. The first part is mostly about Mexico, the second part mostly about Chile, with a week skiing in Argentina salted in there somewhere.

    One consideration, if you only have a week or so, is travel time. Going all the way to Patagonia and back is going to chew up a lot of days just traveling. Costa Rica might be more logistically-friendly. Got to watch the wet season vs dry season thing though.
  • Fireworkz

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    Feb 04, 2016 8:45 PM GMT
    I've only been to Brazil.
    I would definitely go back I only saw Rio, Sao Paulo and Iguasu falls.
    There are so many other parts I'd like to explore.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 04, 2016 9:37 PM GMT
    In Central America Costa Rica is gorgeous, the people are friendly and educated and there's lots of sights and beaches for hiking, rain forests, waterfalls, etc. Belize is pretty close to heaven if you dive. The coral reef is 10 minutes offshore from Ambergris Cay with warm water and good depths (I like about 90). On your non-dive days you can boat into the jungle and see pyramids and ruins.
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    Feb 04, 2016 10:58 PM GMT
    ^Belize City is the Mos Eisley of the Caribbean.

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    Feb 05, 2016 4:36 PM GMT
    Argentina, particularly Buenos Aires (Recoleta, Palermo, etc.), is wonderful. Brazil is also nice, particularly Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Salvador.
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    Feb 05, 2016 4:50 PM GMT
    Costa Rica is amazing, if you like wildlife you will love it.
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    Feb 05, 2016 11:31 PM GMT
    Sexynripped saidI'm thinking about going to Central or South America for vacation this year. First time in that part of the world. I've heard good things about Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile, but maybe Panama or Costa Rica would be safer bets. Any suggestions?

    Think about climate and the time of year you want to go. Obviously, it will vary greatly.

    I can highly recommend Costa Rica - if you like the outdoors and nature. Has incredible diversity of climatic areas, but fall and winter are pretty much dry on the Pacific side, and when the rains start there, the mornings are always clear. A paradise for nature and wildlife, with also great beaches, and even upscale resorts in the west. The only urban life is in San Jose, and not much of that. People are friendly and educated, and the country hasn't had an army for decades.

    Nearby Nicaragua is a lot less developed (for the moment) and now peaceful. Laid back.

    I think people should boycott Peru, since Peru is cutting down its rainforest as fast as they can- climate change and conservation be damned.

    Argentina and Chile have both city life and nature, and are generally safe everywhere.

    Brazil is immense, with both rainforest and very dry areas, and big cities. Great beaches, but one has to exercise caution in Rio or at many nearby beaches - lots of crime.

    All of these countries (except maybe Nicaragua) have "eco-resorts" one can go to.

    Ecuador is the gateway to the Galopagos islands.