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Argentina to Peru in one month

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1. Posted by PTS82 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Hi all. My friend and I are travelling to South America in late July. Sadly my friend has to return home in late August. We were hoping to fly to Buenos Aires, spend a few days there, then travel by bus up to bolivia (a monster of a journey I know!) take in Potosi, Salar de Uyuni, Tiwanaku and La Paz, then head into Peru, spend a few days in Cusco, take the train trip to Machu Picchu, then finally on to Lima airport. Is this any way feasible or are we being ridiculous? :)

2. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 8y

Bs As to Bolivia in the bus is basically best part of 2 days. The most I spent on a bus was 32 hours and that was tough. Break the trip up a little perhaps with Cordoba and/or Salta.

Your trip is definately doable in 1 month but you will have to plan well.

I'd knock out Potosi for a start. Do you just want to see the mines? The town is a dump in my humble opinion. Others may disagree but I see no real reason to go there.

Stop in Tupiza and take the 4 day Salt flats trip which ends in Uyuni. Tupiza is also closer to the Argentinian border (2-3 hours) so it makes sense.

I have no idea where Tiwanaku is at all??

LP is a superb city. Adventure Brew hostel here is a must. The main one.

Still quite a way to Cusco from there though. Best part of 20 hours probably. I broke it up with Copacabana on Titicaca and Puno.

Cusco to Lima is best part of 24 hours on a bus too.

Your times could be tight so stopping only in good places is essential.

3. Posted by PTS82 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Thanks for the reply mate.

Tiwanaku is the remains of the great pre-Incan civilisation a couple of hours outside La Paz. Its supposed to be worth a visit.

Sounds like its going to be very pressurised. We may have to scale it down a bit...