I'm going to travel for a month around Peru, Bolivia and north of Chile (perhaps Equador too...). I'd like some advice in what is the best itinerary. I can get a plane to any of the capitals and than go by bus to all the places and finally come back from any city by plane again.
Is it easy to get from one country to another by bus? Do you suggest that I go first to what country, or it doesn't matter?
What places I can't miss?
Since I have 30 days, would it be interesting to go also to Equador? How long would it take? Which places should I visit there?
Sorry for the silly questions and thank you very much, my friends!
Start in Cusco. Then to Machu Picchu, back to Cusco, train to juliaca (Lake Titicaca), couple days touring the Islands on the Lake. Bus, around the Lake to La Paz, tour around La paz & Bolivia, Bus to N. Chile (Arica). Stopping in route at Parque National Lauca (the Volcanoe and Lake Chungara). Then head a South down the Coast and then inland to the Atacama desert and to San Pedro de Atacama and the surrounding lunar landscape "the Valley of the Moon."
Check the current political situation in Quito, Ecador as well as Bolivia.
You can take a look at my travel log (1998 & 1999) and see what I did in the places you want to visit.
Thank you, Travel100.
You didn't mention going to Equador. Do you think it's worth going there? Do I have enough time? Let me say I don't mind not going to the Galapagos, because then the time would be for sure too short.
In the case I go to Equador too, I think it would be better to fly to Quito and start my journey there, right?
I liked Quito, it's a pleasant city in the mountains with pleasant weather because of the altitude. the Old Town area is very nice and the Saturday market at Otavalo is an excellent experince. You can also visit a place and stand on the Ecuator, and there are nice volcanoes nearby.
The reason I didn't mention it is because I was not so sure how easy it would be to get form Quito into Peru and to Cusco.
I would say, if you can find the way from Quito to Cusco, then I would include Ecuador. I think you would have enough time to do it all in a month. It's just that I flew in & out of Quito so I don't know about the land route form there into Peru.
My advice is: just go there. Don't plan too much.
Usually you meet people at hostels or public transport who can give you the best and most updated information about where to go and what to do in the area.
If you plan too much you'll only be dissapointed when you don't manage to accomplish what you've planned...
...and don't go by too many flights. Aeroplanes are really bad for the environment.
//Susanna (environmental engineer)
You can take a bus on all of the South American west coast. I´m leaving from Quito and moving all the way to Santiago by bus. The Panamericana highway can get you through all the contries you mention.
Have a nice trip.