Howdy Guys and Girls,
So this summer I am studying abroad for a month in Santiago and also a month in Buenos Aires. Afterwards, my sister is planning on coming in so we can backpack about 2 or 3 weeks in South America. I don't know much about the land, but just from surfing the internet, I know that bus travel is realativly comfortable and easy, although very time consuming. We plan on leaving from BA to start our backpacking.
I really would like to see Iguazu Falls, and I know that bus travel from BA to the Falls is readily available. My next question is where I am looking for answers. We both also want to visit Peru and more precisely Machu Picchu. So, my question to the board is what is the best way to get from the Falls over to the Machu Picchu area?? We are traveling on a budget, so I figure flights are out of the question. Is there bus routes to Cusco from the Falls, or would we need to take several?? Also, how long of a travel would that be?? Thanks again, any help would be appreciated. Also, if yall had any other ideas on what to do, or even if that trip is possible, any help would be appreciated. Thanks again
The distance between Iguazu and MP is immense, so even if it were possible to do it in one go, I wouldn't recommend it. But it isn't, anyway
I'm afraid 2/3 weeks is too litte time to do both, especially if you don't want to fly (which I applaud). You could probably just squeeze it in, but it won't be a very relaxing holiday. Relevant long-haul busses are mentioned below. I would recommend that you adapt your ambitions to your timeframe, and stick either to Peru or to Argentina for what time you have.
Busses Iguazu - Cusco
Iguazu - Santa Fe - La Quiaca - Villazon (border) - La Paz - Puno - Cusco.
Probably, there is a direct bus Santa Fe - La Paz, and La Paz - Cusco, but that would be much too long busrides in my book. Also bear in mind that you need additional time (book! book!) to get from Cusco to Aguas Calientes by train. Also, it might be more efficient to go all the way south to Rosario, and maybe even Buenos Aires, instead of Santa Fe.
I found two websites that may be of interest to you:
Sitio uficial del terminal Santa Fe
Sitio uficial del terminal Rosario
As you can see on the first, there are no direct busses to La Paz, not even to La Quiaca (which I find surprising). You'd have to change in Salta, which is a nice place to visit anyway. Rosario on the other hand has plenty direct connections with La Quiaca, but none with La Paz, either.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2008, at 7:14 AM by bentivogli ]