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1. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member 37 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

So planning a trip to Peru to see Machu Pichu. After that wanted to do some fishing in the Amazon but am finding it to be pretty expensive and complicated. Not a fan of being a captive audience where I have to stay at the lodge all the time, even for all of my meals. Ideas?
So as part of the trip we are thinking about heading to Argentina. Buenos Aires would be great but what to do after the capital? Ushuaia? Patagonia? and again,fishing would be fantastic there but not paying 6000$ US to fish. So,, what else to do, where to go what to see. I know the country is beautiful but where to begin? Could even drive and see a lot more if advisable?
Looking to spend about 10 days in Peru and then 2 weeks in Argentina
Would appreciate any comments on Peru and Argentina knowledge

THANKS! Happy Travels

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5107 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Patagonia is best to visit from December through March, which is the worst time for Machu Picchu due to the wet season, so they don't really combine well. (Do you already have an intended time of the year for this trip?) You might try shoulder season for both - early/mid April still tends to be okay for Patagonia, before things start to shut down, and then late April / early May is great for Machu Picchu.

If you intend to hike the classic Inca Trail, that can only be done with an organized tour, and daily spaces are extremely limited, so book 6+ months in advance. (Could be that you need to be even earlier nowadays; I'm not up to date, so do your research.)

As for Patagonia: If you love hiking, then El Chaltén is a must. I spent a week there on my second visit, and it still wasn't enough. El Calafate is the nearest airport, and has Perito Moreno as a very worthwhile daytrip for pretty much everyone. Ushuaia has a good mix of activities (penguin island, etc) and hiking (Tierra del Fuego NP), though it can feel a bit sparse, all. (Bring a spare $3000-$4000 and get tempted constantly by last minute offers for an Antarctica trip.)

3. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member 37 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Sander, that helps a lot. For Argentina, how is the driving there? Thinking about renting a car and driving, feasable, safe and OK to do?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5107 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I've only travelled by bus while there. Road quality is good (for the main roads at least), but renting wasn't economical at all for my situation.

5. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member 37 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Sander, May contact you again for more questions if OK?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5107 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I prefer to answer questions in the forums over being contacted privately, so more people can benefit from the answers, and if I'm unable to answer due to being busy, someone else can step in. But that said, by all means, keep on asking questions, and I'll try to answer what I know. :)

7. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member 37 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

That was my intentions. Thanks

8. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 933 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Pick a likely little town on the Amazon and employ one of the dozens of fishing guides there. I got on the Amazon from Tabatinga and the amount of boats for hire was tremendous. Ask around for a trustworthy guide. Adventure!

9. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member 37 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Piecar, Thanks

Would you mind if I ask what you paid?? for the couple days that I wan to fish it seems awful steep. I wouldn't mind if it was a "fishing trip" but have to do other things as well. And how well did you do?

10. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 933 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Full disclosure: I don't fish even a little bit. But every town I hit while slowboating down the Amazon had several fishing guides approaching me about fishing. That's day trip stuff, so you are free to debauch yourself freely once you come back in.