I planning a 3 months trip to SA this fall and need some feedback regarding my itinerary.
My rough itinerary at the moment is:
- Santiago, Chile
- Salt Flats, Bolivia
- Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru
- Inca Trail, Peru
- Iquitos – Manus, Amazon
- Boa Vista, Brazil
- Angel Falls, Venezuela
- Caracas, Venezuela
Is 3 months a reasonable time frame for exploring highlights of these countries? Is it a better option to start in Caracas and work my way down to Santiago? Suggestions for other itinerary in SA would also be appreciated..
As for other itineraries; search the forum, there are hundreds posted here already.
As to your own plans, I think it may be feasible, though pretty tight; 12 weeks, six countries, you do the maths yourself, much depends on your style of travel anyway. You simply won't be able by far to see all the highlights, esp. not in Peru and Brazil, but there is a lot to be seen already when you stick to this itinerary quite closely. Whether or not the intended direction (south-north) is a good idea partly depends on the season; we'd need more information.
I was planning to fly into South America late august and leave early december…
Yes, I agree that it sounds pretty tight, but I wasn’t planning to do too much travelling in Chile and Bolivia.. I mainly choose to start in Santiago because I would like to se the Salt Flats and I don’t like to travel backward the same way again.. But is it better to fly into Lima and then go south to the Salt Flats and backward?
In that case, I think I'd flip it around; Venezuela is likely to be agreeable in August, while the Andean part (mostly Peru/Bolivia, for Ecuador it doesn't matter that much) has better weather in northern-hemisphere fall and winter.
If it's the salt plains you're after, Santiago is a good choice. La Paz would also be feasible (you can tour Bolivia in a roundtrip), but it's generally a more expensive destination due to the altitude of the airport. Other airports, like Ezeiza (BsAs), are a bit too far off.