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Hi [VT member 93f85],
Would really appreciate your advice on travelling in south America. I will be landing into Santiago, Chile from sydney and flying out of Rio de Janeiro back to Ireland.
I planned on going to chile, then Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and then down to Sao paulo from brazil and make my way to rio from there.
I have been looking up flights and they are pretty expensive. Just wondering if anyone would have a any advice about possibly a better route to take given my start and end points or if there was a slightly cheaper means of travel than flying.
Thanks [VT member 93f85] much for your help
Perhaps you should miss out Argentina as it is similar to Chile in someways (mountains and lakes). Just go from Chile to Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela then down the Pan American highway to Manaus, take a fantastic 5 days on a river ferry going to Belem then bus it to Rio. Sao Paulo, for me, forget it as Rio is so beautiful.
My advice to take an internal flight Bogota to Leticia(using a low-cost airline), Leticia is a border town with Brazil in the Amazon, you will just need to cross the border (is a sister town) .
The border town is TABATINGA, from there you can book again using those low-cost airlines to S.Paulo or rio wherever. Will be cheaper and can visit the Amazon for a couple of days.