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1. Posted by diviolzekilaf (Budding Member 10 posts) 48w

Hi All,

Me (27M) and my friend (19F) are planning to spend 4 months in South America early next year.

We'll be there from 02/01/16 to 29/04/16.

Starting in Cancun, Mexico and ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Below is an itinerary I've put together. I'd really appreciate any suggestions. The numbers represent how many nights.

MEXICO

Cancun – 2
Playa Del Carmen – 2
Tulum – 2

Flight: Cancun to Mexico City (booked)

Mexico City – 2

Flight: Mexico City to Bogota, Colombia (booked)

COLOMBIA

Bogota – 4
Salento – 3
Medellin – 4
San Gil – 3
Cartagena – 4
Santa Marta – 3
Tanganga – 3
Tayrona Park – 3
Barranquilla – 4 (Carnival)
Cartagena – 1

Flight: Cartagena to Cali (booked)

Cali – 2

Stop at Las Lajas on the way to…

ECUADOR

Quito – 3
Baños – 3
Guayaquil – 1

Flight: Guayaquil to Galapagos (not booked. Therefore can add or subtract from the total number of days spent since the last booked flight)

For the Galapagos Islands – probably going to do a self-guided tour where we sleep on the 3 main islands. We can afford a cruise, but is it worth the expense?

Santa Cruz – 4
Isabela – 3
San Cristobal – 3

Can add days to Galapagos if necessary, but would prefer to keep it to 10 days.

Flight: Galapagos to Guayaquil (not booked)

Guayaquil – 1

PERU

Mancora – 4

Take a bus to Talara then…

Flight: Talara to Lima (not booked)

Lima – 1 (only one night since I’ve heard bad things)
Ica / Huacachina – 3
Cusco – 2
Machu Picchu – 5 (probably going to do the Salkantay Trek rather than the Classic Inca Trail so that I can remain flexible with dates. Is it cheaper too?)
Cusco – 1
Arequipa – 2
Colca Canyon – 1 (2D/1N trek)
Arequipa – 1
Puno – 1
Lake Titicaca – 1 (homestay on Amantani Island)
Puno – 1

BOLIVIA

La Paz – 3

Flight: La Paz to Rurrenabaque (not booked)

Rurrenabaque – 1
Pampas Tour – 2
Rurrenabaque – 1
Rainforest Tour – 2
Rurrenabaque – 1 (I think I need to spend 3 nights in total in Rurrenabaque due to the timings of the tours and flights)

Flight: Rurrenabaque to La Paz (not booked)
Flight: La Paz to Sucre (not booked)

Sucre – 2
Potosi – 1
Uyuni – 1
Salt Flats – 2 (as part of a 3D/2N tour from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama)
San Pedro de Atacama – 3

ARGENTINA

Salta – 3

Flight: Salta to Iguazu Falls (not booked)

Iguazu Falls – 2

Flight: Iguazu to Buenos Aires (not booked)

Buenos Aires – 4

Extra days – 7 (to either be added to places already on the list, or used for other places that I might want to visit on the way)

Flight home (booked)

Thanks!

2. Posted by diviolzekilaf (Budding Member 10 posts) 48w

UPDATED ITINERARY

MEXICO

Cancun – 2

Playa Del Carmen – 2

Tulum – 2

Flight: Cancun to Mexico City (booked)

Mexico City – 2

Flight: Mexico City to Bogota, Colombia (booked)

COLOMBIA

Bogota – 3

Night Bus – 1 (Bogota to Armenia to Salento)

Salento – 2

Manizales – 2

Medellin – 3

San Gil – 3

Bus: San Gil to Bucaramanga + Flight: Bucaramanga to Cartagena

Cartagena – 3

Cartagena (Playa Blanca) – 1

Tanganga – 3

Tayrona Park (El Cabo) – 3

Extra Days – 3 (to be used anywhere between Bogota and Tayrona Park)

Barranquilla – 4 (Carnival)

Cartagena – 1

Flight: Cartagena to Cali (booked)

Night bus – 1 (Cali to Ipiales. Can’t stay in Cali. Have to get to Ecuador ASAP to fit the Galapagos Cruise in before the Full Moon Party in Montañita)

ECUADOR

Quito – 1

Flight: Quito to Galapagos

Galapagos – 7 (8D/7N cruise)

Flight: Galapagos to Guayaquil (not booked)

Guayaquil – 1

Montañita – 3 (full moon party)

Cuenca – 3

Night bus – 1 (Cuenca to Mancora)

PERU

Mancora – 3

Piura – 1

Flight: Piura to Lima (not booked)

Lima – 2

Huacachina – 2

Night bus – 1 (Ica to Cusco)

Cusco – 1

Machu Pichu – 5 (Salkantay Trek)

Cusco – 2

Chivay (Colca Canyon) – 1

Colca Canyon – 1 (2D/1N trek)

Arequipa – 3

Puno – 1

Lake Titicaca – 1 (homestay on Amantani Island)

Puno OR Copacabana – 1 (depends on tour/bus times)

BOLIVIA

La Paz – 3

Flight: La Paz to Rurrenabaque (not booked)

Rurrenabaque – 1

Pampas Tour – 2

Rurrenabaque – 1

Rainforest Tour – 2

Rurrenabaque – 1

Flight: Rurrenabaque to La Paz (not booked)

Flight: La Paz to Sucre (not booked)

Sucre – 3

Potosi – 1

Uyuni – 1

Salt Flats – 2 (as part of a 3D/2N tour from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama)

CHILE

San Pedro de Atacama – 2 (want to stay longer, but the buses to Salta don’t run every day)

ARGENTINA

Salta – 3

Flight: Salta to Iguazu Falls (not booked)

Iguazu Falls – 2

Flight: Iguazu to Buenos Aires (not booked)

Buenos Aires – 4

Extra days – 8 (to either be added to places already on the list, or used for other places that I might want to visit on the way)

3. Posted by therook (Budding Member 37 posts) 46w

I feel tired just looking at your itinerary. But I like to stay longer in fewer locations. Have you left time for travel in between locations? Rest? You are doing a lot of moving around. Some of the distances might be farther than you think, or there may be delays. I was stuck in Uyuni because the roads were flooded, so I just had to stick around. I also learned that although the countries in South America look smaller, they have great distances because the roads are either windy, or only two lanes, or both. What if you really like one place and want to stay longer? This happened to me in Medellin. I meant to go to the coffee region and just decided to stay in Medellin instead. Or what if you hear about this great other location not on the list? I guess what I am saying is, maybe leave room for flexibility.

4. Posted by Osito80 (Budding Member 27 posts) 46w

well , I agree. I planed 1 month from the Iguazu Falls / Brazil to Lima / Peru. It was too less time after all. For to get involved with people, culture and country. my body had to fight with the altitute in Bolivia s Mountains ( 5000 m high !) I recommand you either to take more time for this journey or to take a smaller distance for the given time ( e.g. from Columbia to Argentina )

Or if you prefer a holiday like hop on . Use a flight pass to save money....