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1 month vacation deciding btwn Peru, Bolivia, Argentina

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean 1 month vacation deciding btwn Peru, Bolivia, Argentina

1. Posted by katec (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi,

I've never been to South America before and I have only a month to travel. I was thinking about Argentina, but then reading up on Bolivia it sounded great. But it's pretty expensive to fly to. I'm also interested in Peru. So I was thinking maybe fly into Lima, down through Bolivia, then hit Buenos Aires. Or maybe Argentina the whole month. If anybody could give me some advice I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, Kate

2. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

I think that with only a month to travel, it could be a better idea to choose one country and do it more thoroughly than to try and cover the distances you are speaking of. Argentina is such a big and interesting country I am sure you could quite easily fill a month. Buenos Aires is only one place you could whittle away a week without noticing, and then there are places like Mendoza, the Tren de las Nubes en Salta, Patagonia etc... It depends what you are after though on your trip.

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Mt personal favorite in South America is Peru. I went by land from Peru into Bolivia (at Lake Titicaca) and had a great trip (its all in a relativily small area).

My other favorite was Chile (the whole country from the desert in the North to the Southern tip of Patagonia is absolutely beautiful.

Peru has Machu Picchu (a major South American destination).

It kind of depends on what you are most interested in (natural beauty, indigenous people, more modern cities, ancient cultures (like Inka).

You're right when you start to fly around Argentina, Brazil, etc., it can get real expensive because the area is so large.

4. Posted by urbancow (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

Bolivia may have the most unreliable transportation system in SA. As a result of your limited time, it would be difficult to get to much done there without factoring in various delays. On the other hand, Argentina is very reliable--but have longer trips btwn places. Peru is really the middle ground of reliable transport--usually OK.

You could do the path you detailed in a month, but you would be moving pretty fast and might be cutting it close in the end. my suggestion is to find the one or two things you realize you cant come to SA and not see--and then look for other stuff to do in the relative vicinty. It wont be as stressful and youll have time to relax when you get tired.

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Mt personal favorite in South America is Peru. I went by land from Peru into Bolivia (at Lake Titicaca) and had a great trip (its all in a relativily small area).

My other favorite was Chile (the whole country from the desert in the North to the Southern tip of Patagonia is absolutely beautiful.

Peru has Machu Picchu (a major South American destination).

It kind of depends on what you are most interested in (natural beauty, indigenous people, more modern cities, ancient cultures (like Inka).

You're right when you start to fly around Argentina, Brazil, etc., it can get real expensive because the area is so large.

Our well-traveled Jeffrey here couldnt have said it any better. If you want culture, Peru is the place to go. Machu Piccu is a must if you visit South America and Bolivia is not that far from there. I would start in Peru and work my way down to Argentina from Bolivia...

6. Posted by chuckolas (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

As to what urbancow said about Boli transportation, it's not entirely true, at least not all year round. During the wet season, it's true that your bus can easily end up stuck in the mud for forty-eight hours, but during the dry season, there's not much to worry about.
What season you go in definitely should have a bearing on where you go. For instance, if you to the Amazon basin in the summer (December - February) you're bound to suffer from the mosquitoes, the wildlife is inactive, and the fishing is comparitively poor. However, if you want to visit The south/central highlands and mountains, this season is by far better.
Brazil and northern Bolivia in particular turn into paradise during the height of winter (June - August). The wildlife and the women both are very active, the mosquitoes are at a yearly low, and the weather and fishing are great!

7. Posted by chuckolas (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

I must say, Jeffery's proposed itinerary sounds like a good one geographically, just bring warm clothes and lots of sunblock and chapstick if you plan to go this time of year.