QUOTE(derv @ Feb 4 2008, 09:18 AM)
We are planning on bussing it around keeping the costs down, and not really in any major rush, we have 16 weeks in Sth America in total and are planning a loop sort of up to Brazil, across Bolivia, down Peru, Nth Chile over to BA and back across to Santiago via Puerto Madryn and Barlioche time permitting, we are more into getting to see Bolivia Peru BA etc than the rest so if time runs out we will be just legging it to Santiago...
Where were you looking at the flights if you don't mind me asking? we have to get some form of onward ticket out of Brazil before we leave as our ticket leaving Sth America is more than 90 days from when we get in...
Ye I am really looking forward to the Pantanal myself... I presume you have been there judging from your comment, did you go from Campo Grande? Ye going to take the train! Should be fun!!
Thanks again for your advice!!
Thanks for getting back. If you have the time, then bus into Foz do Iguacu from Sao Paulo, but be sure to stop off in Curitiba. I don't know if it still operates, but the passenger train through the mountains to the coast at Paranagua is spectacular. There should be a bus from Foz do Iguacu to Campo Grande. According to a Lonely Planet blog, Expreso Medianeira, Eucatur and Helios bus companies run on this route. This trip takes 14 hours and costs about 40.00 US$. Here is Ecuatur's website (in Portuguese). http://www.eucatur.com.br/
Nevertheless I saw another blog recommending you go straight from Foz to Curumba (that's where O Trem da Morte starts from, not Cuiaba as I stated earlier). Corumba is on the edge of the Pantanal. It stated: Corumbà is one of the best places to enter the Pantanal. All good places are situated along the old road from Corumbà to Miranda. "Passo do Lontra" is another good place for making trips in the Pantanal; In Corumbà city centre, you will find a lot of companies who make trips in the Pantanal. Discuss very well what is included and what not.
In the end, you will have to do lots of research if its better from Campo Grande or Corumba. I entered the Pantanal from Cuiaba and stayed in Porto Jofre, which is well off your route.
Here's the Bolivian railway site in Spanish (Doesn't include Corumba-Sta. Cruz line)http://www.fca.com.bo/servicios.htm
Times may have changed, but the transandine train from Antofagasta to Salta must be one of the world's great train rides. Regrettably, according to Wikipedia, the line is presently closed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tren_de_las_Nubes
I'm not sure why you need an exit ticket from Brasil, but here is the website I accessed:http://www.us.despegar.com/paginas/vuelos/busquedavuelos.asp
Hope this helps a bit.