My girlfriend and I are planning our 6 month trip around SA and are having a debate as to the best route to take.
Basically our initial flight is to Lima on the 10th of November. From here we are unsure if we should travel north or south. The main highlights of our tour are going to be the Inca Trail, Galapagos Islands, Angel Falls, Rio Carnival, Rain Forest Trek and Patagonia. We have already reserved our hostel for the carnival so we must be in Rio for the 20th of Feb.
Other than that our trip is very open we just need to know what the best route is.
We have looked at heading south into Ecuador then Columbia, then Venuezula then taking a boat down the amazon and working our way down to Rio but would this give us enough time to cover the rest of SA?
The other option is to head north through Boliva, Chile down into patagonia and then up through Brazil via the carnival.
Sorry for the essay and thank you for any help,
Chris and Natalie