Getting around South America –

Getting around South America

Getting around South America


South America covers a huge expanse of land, about twice as large
as the United States.  Brazil alone is nearly the size of the U.S.  With so much land to cover, it’s imperative to know the best way to see the country,
especially if you have limited time on your vacation.  Though Latin America
can’t compare to the U.S. or even Western and Central Europe when it comes to
modes of transportation, it does have its fair share of adequate transportation
options.  Here’s a description of the basic modes of transportation in South America.



Since the distances are so
great, airline travel is a common form of transportation between different
countries within the continent.  In order to make air travel more convenient
and affordable, you can purchase an airpass from one of three different plans. 
The Mercosur Airpass entitles you to fly within and between Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.  Your flight destinations must include at
least two different countries and you must be staying in the country for at
least seven days.  The only catch is that you must have an international
airline ticket in your possession. 


Purchasing a South America
Airpass is your second option.  With this airpass, you can travel to up to 49 different
destinations within the continent, as long as you travel to at least three
different locations.  Unlike the Mercosur Airpass which limits your travel time
to only 45 days, the South America Airpass is good for up to one year. 


A third option is to purchase
One World’s Visit South America Pass.  This pass flies to 10 different
countries within the continent, which includes 34 destinations.  The pass is
good for up to two months, and you’re required to fly to at least three
different locations.  You can only purchase this airpass outside of South America. 



Busses are a very common mode
of transportation on the continent.  For the most part, busses are
well-maintained and air-conditioned, and some even offer amenities such as
restrooms, reclining seats and blankets.  The nicest busses happen to be in Argentina, although Chile and Brazil both have decent busses.  Just keep in mind when
you’re traveling by bus that some destinations might take up to 18 hours or so
to reach. 


Vietnam – a Small Gem in Asia


Consider Vietnam for your next vacation.  It’s a country blessed with astounding scenery and a
plethora of sites that bring the old together with the new.  It’s the place to
discover impressive culinary traditions and delight in a vibrant culture.


As the weather changes from
region to region, you’ll have to decide when you wish to travel.  The north is
characterized by cold winters while other areas are warm year round.  To avoid
monsoons the ideal months to visit are April, May and October.  Or opt for
Christmas when it’s the busiest and one of the most fun times in the


If your journey begins with Hanoi, you’ll be a witness to more than one thousand years of history and a strong French
colonial influence.  It’s best to join a guided tour to see the impressive One
Pillar Pagoda built in 1049, the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s


Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, will show you contradictions
between a Vietnam of the 1800s and the one of today.  View the Saigon Opera
House and the Jade Emperor Pagoda filled with interesting statues.  Explore Chinatown and stroll through the Ben Thanh Market.  If time allows attend a musical concert
and hear original sounds that date back to the Mongolian invasion.




Appreciate the beauty of the
land at Mui Ne & Phan Thiet with endless  beaches, luscious forests, a
harbor dotted with ancient buildings and an array of temples. 


Vietnam is also home to outstanding resorts offering all
sorts of amenities and comforts.  Cat Ba Island in the Da Nang is on the list
of top favorites. 


Among the moderate to
inexpensive choices for lodging you’ll find the Sofitel Metropole or the
Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake.  Other more luxurious spots include the
Metropole Saigon and the Grand Hotel in the same city.     


And to discover unique
flavors, you’ll want to savor every possible Vietnamese delicacy.  After all,
there are over five hundred dishes prepared with tasty spices and a wide
selection of herbs.  


When in the mood for
shopping, you’ll find day and evening markets with vendors specializing in
silks, colorful textiles, bamboo handbags, carpets and ceramics. 


Don’t hesitate.  Visit Asia and discover the marvels of Vietnam.


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