I am planning a three month adventure in South america and was hoping someone would be able help plan my trip with me. I realise that 3 months is a short time in south america so i need the highlights package. I will be arriving in Lima in Feb and have to be in santiago three months later to catch a flight to Sydney.
Please can someone recomend an Itinery and a list of must sees.
Actually 3 months in South America sounds pretty good for a lot of highlights but as in most trips, you need ot decide whether you would like to get a glimpse of as much as possible or see fewer places but get to know those places at a deeper level. Also, do you have a particular interest such as mountain climbing, hiking, eco-travel, archeology, etc.?
Dj Bob, i think if you go to South America you really have to go Machu Picchu (Cusco-Peru) and Bariloche (Argetina) maybe Brazil too. It depends on your budget. I also recommend, of you like trekking, to do the INCA ROAD in Cusco. Its a very interesting experience. -snip-
Hope you`ll visit Cusco
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Peru: Machu Picchu (I would recommend doing one of the trails, totally worth it!!)
Kuelap!!! Truly outstanding with virtually no tourists
Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni: the salt dessert
Brazil: The Amazon jungle in all its glory
Chile/Argentina: Easter island, Tiera del fuego, Patagonia
I am into nature and archeology so obviously my post reflects that. By the way do you have a working knowledge of Spanish?
I spend 4 1/2 months in South America and I would recommend that you don't want to see to many countries(there is plenty to see in south amerika).
I just did Peru, Bolivia, Chile en Argentina. I spend about a month a country and still you cant see everything you want to see.
The Inca Trail to Machu Pichu is really wonderful (February is the only month you can't do the inca trail, rainy season). I thought that there where to many tourist in Machu Pichu but it is very nice. Cusco is also a nice place to party and to meet people ( I also did Arequipa, Puno, Nasca, Pisco en Ica).
In Bolivia there are a lot of things to visit and do around La Paz: Climb a 6088m high mountain, Mountain bike the Death road, various treks and Titikaka lake. Sucre is a nice city, In Potosi you can visit the mines, Uyuni is a must see. In Bolivia there many other very nice places to visit (Rurenbaque, Copacabanac, Cochabamba, Santacruz and many others).
In The north of Chile and Argentina you visit Salta and/or the San pedro, then I would take the plane to the south and visit patagonia: El Calafate, Ushuaia, Torres Del Paine.
That is pretty much what i did. But you could also see only the highlights of more countries. I is for you to decide.
We didn't travel slow, just a couple a days in each place but there is plenty to see in those countries.
I think you have enough time to find interesting places and also unknown ...
If you arrive in Lima, Machu Picchu in Peru visited insurance, you can travel by bus or train from the clouds, (The Train to the Clouds traveled the same paths used by the indigenous Incas) from Peru.
Since Bolvi, you can visit the Amazon, a community, then to Argentina, Uruguay and crossing up, and then travel to Santiago de Chile.
I recommend: Peru-Machu Picchu
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, Brazil, Amazonas, northern Argentina, Uruguay beaches and valleys;-southern Chile, volcanoes and lakes.
If you want something more precise, with pleasure I give you the information.
Welcome to South America!!