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?
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.
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...