To finish off my three-part series on where to go in South America, here is suggested route #3:
Rio to Santiago (Highlights: Rio Carnival, Iguazu Falls, Patagonia, Easter Island)
Once again, this map is just a rough outline and there is a lot more to do along the way, especially in Patagonia. Here are a few ideas: 10 things to do in Patagonia. Easter Island is expensive by South American standards, but do-able. The biggest cost would be the flight. A roundtrip would cost you about US$600 per person.
Don’t forget to also check out my posts on Route Suggestion #1 and Route Suggestion #2, and then decide which one works best for you. I’ve also included some useful general tips about backpacking in South America at the end of my first post in this 3-part series.
As always, happy travels!