Expert Travel Advice to South America

Top Answers To South America Travel Questions

  • Alistair answered:
    That's quite a varied trip, Sharon, so appreciate it might be hard to pack for! My advice in a word? Layers. Pack lots of T-shirts, a few long-sleeve shirts, a light rain jacket and sweater. You should also pack a pair of convertible pants for dual-use if you're out hiking or sightseeing and need an easy way to cool things off. Santiago, which is at elevation, is liable to be quite mild, though the city can get quite smoggy, especially in summer. As you head around from Chile around the tip to Ushuaia, know that this city has something of a reputation as a shopping outpost, so maybe a good opportunity to ditch some of the smellier gear in place of a few fresher duds? I expect it'll be a little cooler and wetter down there, so again a light rain jacket would be handy. Another piece of gear by which some travelers swear? Wool. Namely, merino wool T-shirts, jerseys, and socks that are lightweight, breathable, and odor-free. Check out the stuff from people including Icebreaker, Ibex, and SmartWool. Patagonia also has a line of travel gear. One thing worth thinking about with wool is that it'll come in handy once you hit the stylish enclaves of B.A., where it can do double-duty as an accessory during your late-night tapas and dancing forays!
  • Lisa answered:
    For the Caribbean you'll need to decide East, typically includes Virgin Islands, West includes Mexico, Jamacia, etc. or South, think Aruba and neighboring islands. If this is your first cruise I'd recommend a shorter than 7 day trip; however, 7 days is not too long for a first. I've been to St Thomas, Tortola, Antigua (Eastern Carib) and had a great time. I've also been to Cozumel, Belize, etc. (West Carib) and had a blast. Short Bahama cruises will sometimes include Key West or the cruise lines private island. Oh, and my favorite cruise lines seems to make a stop in Nassau as necessary as going thru ATL when flying Delta---I now just stay on board when there and enjoy a mostly quiet deck and more attentive wait staff bearing drinks. I've cruised in the months of October thru February and the temps are very mild. IF a tropical storm is brewing the ships (which have their own weather station) will change course the best they can. This does not mean it will be smooth sailing since tropical systems affect large areas it just means they are not going to knowingly sail into a dangerous storm. If you sail from Florida (Port Canaveral, Miami) then a Westen Carib could turn into a trip to the East and vise versa. If you miss ports due to weather expect to be compensated for port charges only.
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    Anonymous user answered:
    In Peru, all the museums are open during December. If you are looking for a specific museum I would double check their hours. Have fun and don't forget to enjoy the food in Peru, the new trend cuisine in the world!, And cheers with a peruvian Piscosour.
  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    Great! I've been here since August 20, 2010 and it has been perfect. Warm during the days and cooler at nights. Only one day of rain in three weeks and it lasted for 10 minutes.

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