Just wondering if anyone has any advice for going from Lima to Rio.
We have got a flight down to Santiago but from there its open....
Will we be able to get transport (bus) out ther or should we look into flights?
Ideally we want to stop in Argentina and then maybe through Uruguay and have some time left in Brazil!
Let me know your thoughts! We are leaving in going July - August!
Take busses; much cheaper, at least as comfi, less polluting, plus you actually get to see some of the landscape.
Your question is not entirely clear to me; you have a month to do Lima - Rio, or does that also need to include Santiago - Lima and Rio - Santiago?
If it's a month for Lima - Santiago, here's what you could do (assuming you haven't been to Cusco / MP before):
Lima - Cusco / MP - Puno / Lake Titicaca (Bol) - La Paz - Oruro - La Quiaca / Villazon (Arg) - Salta - Buenos Aires - Pto Iguazu - Rio
This is pretty dense for a month (would be too dense to my taste), but it can be done. You could also consider including Salar de Uyuni, but that would make it even more cramped. Including Uruguay imo would be overambitious, but instead of doing BsAs - Iguazu, you could do BsAs - Montevideo - Iguazu.
we have a flight from LA to Lima, then we are picking up the Inca Trail, following that, we are back in Lima with a flight down to Santiago.
Basically we need to get from Santiago to Rio....
Buses were my preffered choice! im glad that this is a do-able.
How long are the journeys etc?
I see. Santiago - Rio is certainly doable in a month; I would sugggest smt like the following:
Santiago - Mendoza - Buenos Aires - Montevideo / beach - Durazno - Iguazu (via Paysandú) - Rio
with stops in between. You could consider making a little excursion south (Mendoza - San Rafael - Bariloche - BsAs - etc) or north (Mendoza - San Juan - Cordoba - Santa Fe - BsAs - etc); I wouldn't include further south for reasons of time, nor to the atlantic shore because it's not the right season.
To give you some impression of times; Santiago - Mendoza is about 6 hours, Mendoza - BsAs would be around 18; same for BsAs - Iguazu if you did it directly. Iguazu - Rio is somewhat further, I guess about 24-30 hrs.