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Train and plane transport within south america

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Train and plane transport within south america

I will be leaving this November to travel around south america alone and wanted to know how easy the transport between countries is. I have not decided a definite route, but am thinking of starting in Caracas and going in an anti-clockwise direction through Columbia, Peru and Argentina before moving north again in to Brazil (with maybe a few more places in between). I am looking for any advice and suggestions you may have on this proposed route.

Are there regular train services? Are there cheap flights between the countries?

Is train a good idea bearing in mind time, cost and comfort as well as seeing the scenery and meeting people? I would like to meet others to explore and socialise with during my travelling.

Also wanted to go off to the Galapagos Islands and Trinidad whilst I'm there, does anyone know how easy is this on a budget and the best way to get there?

Any help anyone could give would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much,

Cara

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1. Re: Train and plane transport within south america

There are no trains in Venezuela, but you can fly or take the bus for the first part of your journey to Bogota. This bus company is well known for it's international routes through South America, although email them to confirm routes, dates, etc as they don't go everyday.

http://www.grupo-ormeno.com.pe/ormeno.php

Also, there are Venezuelan bus companies that will take you to the Colombian border at San Antonio/Cucuta, and from there you can take a Colombian company onto eg Bogota/Cali, etc. The buses have locked baggage compartments, air conditioning, toilet, and the odd stop for a break.

From Caracas there are flights to Trinidad with Aeropostal and Caribbean Airlines.

Edited: 21 September 2011, 03:40
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2. Re: Train and plane transport within south america

Also, CONVIASA ailines has now renewed their flights to Trinidad, Grenada, St. Vincent and Dominica.

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3. Re: Train and plane transport within south america

I just came back from Venezuela and Colombia last week. If you need any up to date advice, let me know. Certainly it will be less costly for you to book driectly while in Venezuela or through money transfer before arriving to Venezuela. The official exchange rate is 4.2, but you can get Bolivars in the "Mercado Paralelo" for 7 or 8. I went through Ceclia at Bernal Tours and prebooked my flights and the tour through Angel Falls. Let me know if you need any info.

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