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North or South from Santiago if trip to start on 24 November

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North or South from Santiago if trip to start on 24 November

Hi All,

Need information on whether to head North or South from Santiago if trip to start on 24 November and plan to travel the length of the continent.

If going north, I will go overland all the way up to Cartagena before flying back to Santiago in mid-January to head South.

Going South, I will go all the way down to Ushuaia before going North.

I am wondering in term of weather, crowds and prices which would be a better option.

Any advice will be very much appreciated.

Cheers.

Santiago, Chile
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1. Re: North or South from Santiago if trip to start on 24 November

Probably better to start by heading south. January and February are the peak holiday months and the south is a very popular destination. The weather will be good which ever dates you choose to head south. The north will be crowded too in January and February, but not to quite the same extent. One possibility you might have is to fly Santiago-Cartegena in January and then headsouth overland back to Santiago.

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2. Re: North or South from Santiago if trip to start on 24 November

Thanks for your response and good tips. Quick read suggests Patagonia is just defrosting around that time... spring, so maybe even better scenery too!

Considering your last statement... is there any benefit to head south from Cartegena instead of going North?

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3. Re: North or South from Santiago if trip to start on 24 November

it would allow you to miss the peak tourist season in chile, fewer people, lower prices.

4. Re: North or South from Santiago if trip to start on 24 November

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