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Old 05-28-2015, 08:32 AM
 
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South America is very difficult for a traveler who does not speak any Spanish or Portuguese at all. Outside the tourism infrastructure, it can be very hard to find a person who speaks English.

My wife travels in Latin America a lot by herself, and she has no concerns whatsoever about safety issues, no more so than in the USA.
really? We spent 12 days in Chile and Argentina (not just capital cities) and didn't encounter much trouble. Will visit Ecuador this year. But I agree if you go outside the tourist areas, it may become harder.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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really? We spent 12 days in Chile and Argentina (not just capital cities) and didn't encounter much trouble. Will visit Ecuador this year. But I agree if you go outside the tourist areas, it may become harder.
I lived in Chile for a year, and never found a single person in my town who could speak English. But if all you do is stay at 5-star hotels and ride tour buses, you'll have no problem.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:14 AM
 
Location: on a big rock hurling through space
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Appreciate all the feedback!
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:14 PM
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how many days is enough in BA? would 6-7 days be enough to visit the most interesting areas in the city? thanks.
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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A very important thing to note is Rio can be dangerous. During the day it is okay, but at night things can get a little dicey. Some not too nice things happened to some guests at the hostel I was at one time. I don't want to blame the victim, but they were not exercising smart behavior. Basically, just keep you wits about you.

There is a language barrier in both countries, but it is possible to do what you want to do without too much fuss. People will help you out or someone who speaks passable English will walk by.

BA is wonderful. I only had a few days the time, but probably ate an entire cows worth of steak. The people are great and the city is beautiful.
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:38 AM
 
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Vidigal has spectacular views and is just a few minutes' walk from the highest-income neighborhood in all of Brazil, Leblon (and a few more minutes from Ipanema). But it is a favela, and I wouldn't stay there. There are "favela tours" and "favela B&Bs" but I don't know the Brazilian culture well enough to think I could navigate them.
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:45 AM
 
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how many days is enough in BA? would 6-7 days be enough to visit the most interesting areas in the city? thanks.
Yes, plenty. That's probably plenty of time to squeeze in a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento via the Buquebus as well (spring for the fast boat and it's less than an hour away). I would also recommend staying as close to the central city as possible, especially off Avenida 9 de Julio. I stayed in the Hotel Tribeca on Bartolomé Mitre, and it was a nice hotel at a reasonable price, and in a great location.
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Old 11-27-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Hi CD,

I'm a female wanting to travel to Brazil/Argentina solo. Any females out there done this? Is this a bad idea? What time of year is the best? (I would prefer to avoid Carnival. Thinking about leaving in July or August.)

Also, I don't speak a lick of Portuguese. Does this matter over there? My Spanish is better, but rusty.

What would be a good itinerary for 30 days? What should I definitely *not* miss? What city would be the best to fly into?

Thanks for any tips/advice.
We went to Argentina a three years ago and it was wonderful. We flew into Buenos Aires, then to Mendoza. If you are interested in wine, you must go to Mendoza. It's the "Napa Valley" of Argentina.

We felt very safe walking around Buenos Aires at night and they speak Spanish and a lot of English.

Another must see is Iguazu Falls.
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