Ok.. seems like I will be able to muster up some more cash and go on another 6 week South American Adventure in October.
Ok.. I regret not going to Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia because of a transit strike, so I will be flying into Bolivia and making sure that I do this.
From there.. I will start in Chile and work my way down to Santiago and then into wine country in Argentina.
Can anyone recommend an itinerary from Northern Chile to Santiago? Id really appreciate it and is it worth it to go to wine country in Argentina or am I better off.. workin my way to Patagonia area?
I have to fly out of Buenos Aires.
Please let me know all.
Here's what you can't miss in the North of Chile:
1. San Pedro de Atacama!
It not only has an incredible array of archeological treasures, but also there's the fabulous geysers and a fun and young atmosphere. Plenty of backbackers from all over the world. Another reason is because the Atacama desert is the dryest in the world!
2. V Region!
Vina del Mar, Valparaiso & Renaca.
These are lovely beach towns. They are 1-1/2 hr. by car away from Santiago. You can even take a bus over there from Santiago centro.
I know you only mentioned the north, but I believe the most picturesque and beautiful part of Chile is the south. If you get a chance, take a look at the Lan Chile southamerican Pass.
They have a good deal for the kindof itinerary you're looking for.
i.e. from Santiago you could flight to the south, Puerto Montt, Chiloe Island, Punta Arenas and National Park Torres del Paine (amazing place! http://www.gochile.cl/html/Paine/TorresDelPaine.asp) and from there to Usuaia in Argentina and then to Bariloche or Buenos Aires.
Check it out!
Have a great trip!
We had a great experience in Lauca National Park in the north of Chile. We stayed at a little place called Parinacota which was a little bit of a challenge to get to (two buses, a lift from a local and a walk). We hiked up a volcano called Guane Guane (over 5000m) with amazing views to Bolivia, but you can do hiking trips to a higher volcano with a guide and camping equipment if you're brave!
Just a suggestion.