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Good morning and buenos dias amigos! This weekend, I will be heading to South America for a week. First stop is Bogota, Colombia, then down to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then onto Iguazu Falls (on the border of Argentina and Brazil). Here is how we planned the trip (Great Circle Mapper):
- SFO-DFW-BOG in economy on American Airlines using 20,000 AA miles + $26.20 taxes/fees
- BOG-EZE-IGR in economy on Aerolineas Argentinas using 25,000 KLM miles
- IGR-EZE in economy on Aerolineas Argentinas for $140.70
- EZE-MIA in business + MIA-ORD-SFO in first on American Airlines for 57,500 AA miles + $93.46 taxes/fees
For our accommodations, we used hotel points to pay for all the hotels. For safety reasons, I won’t say which hotels and on which days, but I will share my experience of the hotels in later blog posts.
We don’t have anything set in stone on what we are doing in Bogota, Buenos Aires, or Iguazu Falls (other than checking out the falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian side), so I am entirely open to suggestions. US citizens do not need a tourist visa for travel to Colombia and Argentina, but I did get a tourist visa for Brazil. If there are any restaurants that you recommend, that would be greatly appreciated too. I assume Uber is available in Bogota and Buenos Aires, but we are not against taking public transportation if the cost is right and it is easy to navigate.
From my previous trip to Lima, Peru, and Machu Picchu, I learned that you can get a slightly better exchange rate when you exchange clean, fresh looking US Dollars. I believe that is also the case in Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil, but any advice on exchanging money is welcome. I went to my local Citibank branch in San Francisco and took out some cash (I am a Citigold checking account customer). The teller told me that right now is a great time to take out cash since it is right before Chinese / Lunar New Year’s and now is when a lot of cash gifts are given to friends and family members in Asian cultures.
I will have my laptop with me on the trip and will try to post a few updates throughout my trip. And of course, my talented writers will continue to share their travel experiences, deals, and helpful advice while I am on vacation. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great weekend everyone. Adios amigos!