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1. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

Hi Everyone

As we wont be able to make the original trip to South Africa next year we are thinking about going to South America instead around Nov/Dec time (actually pretty flexible just want tog when its warm) for 6-12 weeks.
We would like to go to Peru, Chile and Argentina (maybe Easter Island if possible) and would be very grateful if anyone could suggest a good itinerary. We would like to do this on budget but maybe with the odd splurge on things.
Any tips or suggestions will be much appreciated. Also can anyone say roughly how much a trip like this would cost ?
What is the cheapest way to get to Easter Island andhow much does it roughly cost?

Thanks so much :)

Mimi

2. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

We would like to do the Inca Trail and having looked at past posts it looks like SAS is a good company to do this with.
Has anyone been with them recently? Can anyone suggest good alternative companies as well? How much does it cost roughly?

One thing is that I'm not super fit and would like to go at my own pace - would this be possible or do you have to rush it?

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Easter Island,
you have to fly from Santiago,about 5 hrs
If you book in advance with LAN Chile it will be from $650 up pp
no other way for you to go there.
accommodation is around $20/25
most interesting time to visit and see a lot of cultural activity is the time around carneval.The 2 week vestival is fantastic,you may even dance in the parade.

4. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

Thanks Marlis for the info about Easter Island. How many days do you think is needed there to see the main things etc?

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I think about 4 days will be enough for Easter Island to see most things without rushing it and without being the stay too long.
Check this recent thread about which company to use for the Inca trail.

If assuming you arrive in Lima and depart from Buenos Aires, based on some first thoughts, a possible not to detailed itinerary could be:
Day 1/2 Lima
Day 3-13 Colca Canyon/Cuzco/Inca Trail
Day 14-17 Puno/Lake Titicaca/La Paz
Day 17-25 Ururo/Potosi/Sucre
Day 25-30 Uyuni/Salt Lakes/Southwest Bolivia, into Chile (san Pedro de Atacama)
Day 30-34 Atacama desert and Altiplano
Day 35-45 Across the Andes to Salta and south to Mendoza and into Chile again to Santiago.
Day 45-50 Easter Island - and back to Santiago
Day 50-60 Travel southwards to volcanos of souther Chile and Lake district, to Puerto Montt and the Navimag ferry to Puerto Natales
Day 60-75 Patagonia, with Tierra del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier and Peninsula Valdez as possible highlights, among others. End in Buenos Aires.

Of course this is just to give you some ideas abou days/time. Possible detours could be a amazone/swamp trip to Rurrenabaque (from La Paz), which means a week extra.
Also a visit to the Iguasu Falls on the border with Brazil is something to consider at the end of your trip. If you add these the full 12 weeks are used.

Have fun!
Michael

6. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

Thanks Michael for your very helpful response. I have just ordered a travel guide so will look into everything you have said as soon as I get it :)

Do you happen to know of any good hostels that you can recommend?

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting mimihops

Thanks Michael for your very helpful response. I have just ordered a travel guide so will look into everything you have said as soon as I get it :)

Do you happen to know of any good hostels that you can recommend?

Unfortunately I either do not stay in hostels or if I do, I tend to forget names, locations etc. But in Uyuni and Puno I stayed in hostels, every town/city has plenty of options. Don't know if you bought the LP guide(s), but enough choice in there.
I won't bother too much about accommodation and transport as you will find it very easy and for good prices as well.

8. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

Yes, I got the LP guide so am sure I will find out about the hostels from there.

Thanks again Michael :)

9. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

if you go for the festival (2 weeks)then you may stay the second week to see for example the triatlon inside one of the vulcanos where the 2 competing groups have to cross the crater lake on traditional totora boats.
or the sledge race downhill an other vulcano,the sleges are made from banana trunks.I have some photos in my gallery here at TP
so there are every day competitions in stonecarving,races,all traditional crafts and arts.In the evenings are the dance and singing contests,all open air,after the shows you may try the delicious BBQ at the foodstalls.
If you go not for the festival time,the there is 3-4 days enough to see the whole Island and every Moai.

Marlis

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I just realised that I mentioned Bolivia as well to travel southwards after Peru from there to Chile/Argentina. Although it was not on your original itinerary, it is well worth it. It is just beautiful, especially the southwest corner including the salt flats. I think it is more beautiful than going straight into Chile from Bolivia.
Just to let you know.