I am planning on a two-month solo trip to South America, starting with Peru and wish to travel to Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, and Argentina. My tentative plan is for sometime between Dec and Feb.
Is it possible to travel by bus to these SA countries from Peru? In Peru I plan to visit Machu Picchu then move on south from there, if possible.
I plan to travel light. What are the essentials to bring?
Also, I'm open to a traveler companion (or two) for most of part of the way. I am interested in wildlife, nature, local culture, and ancient cilivilzation. I'm not much into metro lifestyle or city scenes. So, I don't plan to stick around in the big cities for a very long time. Please email me if you wish to explore this possibilty.
Thanks for all the kind advices.
From what I understand moving around in SA by bus is a long and somewhat tricky prospect. It's ok if moving short distances but from country to country flying is always better.
Of course that depends on what specific places you are going to.
I have been planning a trip in Peru and also Ecuador and have been told by my contacts (locals) that I should avoid bus rides longer than a day, and fly between countries. Since I plan to visit the Amazon via Iquitos I don't have a choice as no roads connect Iquitos to any other major city, so I have to fly there.
If you post more specific cities perhaps some nationals can give you better advice.
SA is a huge continent and the 5 countries you want to tour are a big part of it.
It is possible to travel around by bus, but it will depend a lot where you want to stop. Distances are huge in these countries, so you might spend a lot of time traveling by bus.
My advice, buy a SA guide-book and a map, and choose your destinations based on what you want to see, and how close are between each other.
Ivan from Peru
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