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Planning A Trip for May

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Planning A Trip for May

Hello, my wife and I are planning a trip to South America. We would like to visit a couple of places and we picked Montevideo as our first stop. Our itinerary would look something like this:

Montevideo (3 nights)

Buenos Aires (4 nights) - anybody familiar with buquebus ferry?

Rio De Janeiro (3 nights) fly from BA

Sao Paolo (3 nights) drive from RDJ

Is this itinerary possible? And how is the weather in May?

We will be traveling from Chicago and are very ambitious travelers. We cram a lot into a two week vacation and are always on the go. Any help would be greatly appreciated (restaurants, parks, historical sites, etc.).

St. Petersburg...
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1. Re: Planning A Trip for May

It wouldn't make much sense to start in Montevideo.

Most direct flights from the states fly to BuenosAires, so if you wanted to start your vacation in Montevideo, you'd have to fly into BuenosAires, take a cab to the other airport on the otherside of town & then fly into Montevideo., or of corse take Buquebus, but you'd still have to start your trip in BuenosAires.

I suggest reading all the More On Buenos Aires links to your left on the Buenos Aires forums page.

Edited: 27 November 2009, 23:07
Greenville, South...
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2. Re: Planning A Trip for May

Agree with the previous post that you would want to start your trip in BA and then take the ferry to Montevideo. On your way, you should plan to visit Colonia de Sacremento in Uruguay.

I worked and lived in Sao Paulo for a couple of years and would not recommend driving there. It is a huge, commercial city with minimal tourist sites. I would suggest you spend and extra day in Rio and then drive down the Green Coast to Angra dos Reis and Paraty. You can then schedule your return flight home from Rio. Driving in Brasil in general is easy, driving in Sao Paulo is a nightmare.

Edited: 28 November 2009, 21:39
Greenville, South...
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3. Re: Planning A Trip for May

Forgot to mention that the weather should be great in all the destinations.

You may also want to consider limiting your stay in Montevideo to 2 nights unless you rent a car and spend a day in Punta del Este or sightseeing along the Atlantic coast.

In Buenos Aires, you can spend a very nice day taking the train to the El Tigre delta and then a boat through the islands. Easy and inexpensive. Try some of the restaurants along the Rio Plata boardwalk and shopping on Calle Florida.

In Rio, be sure and visit Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, a walk around the Lagoa and Ipanema, and maybe a plan on tandem hang gliding in the park above Rio....a great experience and stunning views of the city and coast. Don't forgt to sample one of the great rodizios in Rio. Also plan a walk along the beautiful beaches from Leblon to Copacabana and enjoy a few caparinhas along the way! It is a great city.

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4. Re: Planning A Trip for May

Just to clarify what previous posters said about having that all flights to Montevideo go through Buenos Aires and the need to change airports. American Airlines has a direct flight from Miami to Montevideo for most of the year (this year the flight was discontinued from Sept-Dec.). If this flight is not available, then you do stop in Buenos Aires, but there's no need to change airports. There's a daily flight from Buenos Aires international airport, Ezeiza right around lunch time, and US airlines will make your connection to this American flight.


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