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1. Posted by Mjtravels (Budding Member 7 posts) 44w

Hi fellow travelers,

I am making a short but sweet trip to the above cities and would love to get some great tips.

I will be traveling to Panama from Cuba and staying for three days, then from Panama to Colombia also 3 days, Ecuador and then Peru. All three days.

Would love to get as much tips as possible to see as much as I can in a short period. Budget is limited.

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 44w

I've spent a lot of time in all 4 countries and trying to nail down each one into 3 day segments is, quite honestly, ridiculous.

Your travel itinerary is nonsense.

Have fun collecting your entry/exit stamps for no purpose whatsoever.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Mjtravels (Budding Member 7 posts) 44w

Hi Terry - Ive never been to any but thanks for the heads up. Would probably be better instead of a contradictory statement to maybe help give me an idea of how much time I would need in one place to actually view it.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks

4. Posted by Mjtravels (Budding Member 7 posts) 44w

Maybe will do two instead of all.... just need to know

5. Posted by Mjtravels (Budding Member 7 posts) 44w

Quoting Mjtravels

Hi fellow travelers,

I am making a short but sweet trip to the above cities and would love to get some great tips.

I will be traveling to Panama from Cuba and staying for three days, then from Panama to Colombia also 3 days, Ecuador and then Peru. All three days.

Would love to get as much tips as possible to see as much as I can in a short period. Budget is limited.

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 44w

Which cities do you intend to visit? You've only mentioned countries, not cities. :)

7. Posted by Tabithag (Budding Member 61 posts) 44w

I'm struggling with what you want to achieve here. Three days per country is nothing - you'd want at least that just in most main cities, let alone countries. And with the distances you will be talking about, you'll lose a third of your time - and probably half of your budget - travelling between them.

If you do just want to visit as many countries as possible in the time you have, then fine, that's up to you, but just use the travel route to plan your trip. Assuming you're flying (I think you have to to have any time left to spend anywhere) you should probably just spend the two non travel days in the city you fly in and out of - most likely the capitals I expect.

I am assuming that the Cuba element is additional time - hopefully longer than three days, as we had two weeks and only scratched the surface - so you presumably have 12 days. Personally, I would pick one country - two at most - and do it in more depth.

Colombia is beautiful and varied, and you could easily spend the whole time there. Ecuador isn't a favourite country for me, but there are lots of activity options there if you want that. It is also a place to get into the Amazon and the Colca Canyon is great, added to by the condors. I personally prefer Cuenca to Quito.

Peru is also quite varied. The obvious place is Machu Picchu of course, but you can visit deserts (sandboarding is fun), lakes, coastline, volcanoes etc. I've not been to Panama.

Think about what you want to achieve, and what your priorities and interests are, then do a bit of research to see which places match up. No one here can really help you decide where to go if they don't know what you are hoping to see and do.

8. Posted by Mjtravels (Budding Member 7 posts) 44w

Quoting Tabithag

I'm struggling with what you want to achieve here. Three days per country is nothing - you'd want at least that just in most main cities, let alone countries. And with the distances you will be talking about, you'll lose a third of your time - and probably half of your budget - travelling between them.

If you do just want to visit as many countries as possible in the time you have, then fine, that's up to you, but just use the travel route to plan your trip. Assuming you're flying (I think you have to to have any time left to spend anywhere) you should probably just spend the two non travel days in the city you fly in and out of - most likely the capitals I expect.

I am assuming that the Cuba element is additional time - hopefully longer than three days, as we had two weeks and only scratched the surface - so you presumably have 12 days. Personally, I would pick one country - two at most - and do it in more depth.

Colombia is beautiful and varied, and you could easily spend the whole time there. Ecuador isn't a favourite country for me, but there are lots of activity options there if you want that. It is also a place to get into the Amazon and the Colca Canyon is great, added to by the condors. I personally prefer Cuenca to Quito.

Peru is also quite varied. The obvious place is Machu Picchu of course, but you can visit deserts (sandboarding is fun), lakes, coastline, volcanoes etc. I've not been to Panama.

Think about what you want to achieve, and what your priorities and interests are, then do a bit of research to see which places match up. No one here can really help you decide where to go if they don't know what you are hoping to see and do.

Thanks so much for the tips. Im thinking I will do Bolivia for a week and Argentina for a week. Mainly to see the Salt Lake and Pantagonia. Have you been to those places?

9. Posted by Tabithag (Budding Member 61 posts) 44w

OK, that's quite a change from what you said before. I have been to both.

For Bolivia, La Paz is an interesting city, the Salar de Uyuni is excellent, and the Altiplano, in the stretch between Uyuni and San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), is a few days of touring, but is stunning. Be aware that Bolivia is at high altitude so, especially if you arrive by plane, you might want to take a day and night to acclimate to that before doing anything strenuous or important.

Argentina is great. You mention Patagonia in particular, which is definitely not the cheapest place to go. Not sure when you are thinking of going, but bear in mind what the weather will be like in the south in their winter. Torres del Paine is generally the big draw down there, which does have some stunning scenery if you're into hikes. Another place that has some good scenery is El Chalten. Where you can do a relatively easy walk to Lake Capri for a great view of Fitzroy, or do longer hikes to get closer.

One of my favourite places that have been to is the Perito Moreno Glacier at El Calafate. It is stunning. The glacier walk is pricey, but supposed to be excellent, but if the budget doesn't stretch to that, then the boat trip and the walkways are well worth doing anyway.

We keep a small journal style blog, which you are welcome to look at if you wish. The South America posts are 2011-12, and Cuba is 2013.
www.aroundtheworldin8000days.blogspot.com

10. Posted by Mjtravels (Budding Member 7 posts) 44w

Quoting Tabithag

OK, that's quite a change from what you said before. I have been to both.

For Bolivia, La Paz is an interesting city, the Salar de Uyuni is excellent, and the Altiplano, in the stretch between Uyuni and San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), is a few days of touring, but is stunning. Be aware that Bolivia is at high altitude so, especially if you arrive by plane, you might want to take a day and night to acclimate to that before doing anything strenuous or important.

Argentina is great. You mention Patagonia in particular, which is definitely not the cheapest place to go. Not sure when you are thinking of going, but bear in mind what the weather will be like in the south in their winter. Torres del Paine is generally the big draw down there, which does have some stunning scenery if you're into hikes. Another place that has some good scenery is El Chalten. Where you can do a relatively easy walk to Lake Capri for a great view of Fitzroy, or do longer hikes to get closer.

One of my favourite places that have been to is the Perito Moreno Glacier at El Calafate. It is stunning. The glacier walk is pricey, but supposed to be excellent, but if the budget doesn't stretch to that, then the boat trip and the walkways are well worth doing anyway.

We keep a small journal style blog, which you are welcome to look at if you wish. The South America posts are 2011-12, and Cuba is 2013.
www.aroundtheworldin8000days.blogspot.com

Thank you so much. I will definitely take a look at your blog. Im planning to go March 1 to Argentina - what do you suggest? in terms of things to do, places to go.