Posted a similar topic a couple months ago and got some great replies.... hoping for the same again!
So I am now heading to South America in early September for 4 months solo (I'm a 24 year old single male from London). I'm going to put forward my itinerary and people please pick at it if you recommend anything amazing to do/go/see or think I'm going about things the wrong way; any advice will help!
September: Start in Colombia (here for 3/4 weeks, looking to start in Bogata but I heard there are some amazing places outside of here (Medellin?), would like to start my trip in a lively area, young, friendly people, good nightlife etc).
October: Peru (stay here for around 2 weeks and do the 5 day inca trail, including Machu Pichu).
October: Bolivia (stay here for around 2/3 weeks, see the salt flats etc).
November: Argentina (stay somewhere north in Argentina for a couple of weeks? get a flight over to Iguasu falls from Salta and stay there for a few days).
Mid November: Brazil (fly to Rio and then possibly travel around that area for a while)
December 20th: Fly home to London
Or do I miss off Brazil completely and fly to Buenos Aires instead, this gives me the chance to head into Uruguay too! Then just stay around that area till end of Dec?
Ah the decisions! Also I'm looking to budget £5000 for the whole 4 month trip (this includes travel, accommodation, trips and spending).... seem about right?
Look forward to the comments people.....
Will, see my other Forum posting. Your budget is OK.
If you're going to the Salar de Uyuni, make sure you carefully check out the tour operators. If you don't want to return to Bolivia, you can exit into Chile at San Pedro de Atacama. In Chile, Sky Airlines often is cheaper than LAN.
If you're hiking the Inca Trail in October, it's probably better to do it earlier in the month than later, as it's the beginning of the wet season. As mentioned earlier, book ahead, as hiking the trail is capacity-controlled.
[ Edit: Edited on 26-Mar-2015, at 06:22 by berner256 ]
Hi again Berner.
I'm actually booking through STA (not sure if you've heard of it) and the guy who I'm talking to lived in SA for 3 years so I'm hoping he should sort me out a good route. The price is coming out quite reasonable actually, and he's also making sure it's a multi flex booking as I'm not sure what date I'll want to come home.
What would you say to hiking the inca trail on 18th October? My sister is meeting me out in Peru for 2 weeks and were doing this together (5 days trek I believe). Looking to head over to Cuzco for the second week to relax, eat some nice food etc (heard its quite sociable in Cuzco with some nightlife).
What would you say the weather will be like in Peru Mid-late October? I've read it could be very wet....
You can never tell with the weather. This Web site might be helpful: http://www.inca-trail.com.pe/trek/weather.php?lg=en
Remember to book the Inca Trail as soon as you can.
You'll love the food in Cuzco (but guinea pig wasn't my favorite; it was too bony). My guide in the reserved zone of Manu National Park (his home is in Cuzco) tells me that it's best to eat lightly at night in the higher altitudes. Eat more carbs, which are more easily digested, than protein and fats. And, as I mentioned in an earlier post, take it easy. I followed his advice when I was in the mountains of Bhutan last fall.
Yes, I'm familiar with STA, which also has offices in the U.S. There also are student travel offices in Brazil.
Have a great time; and try to upload some photos to Travellerspoint.