I've done a search and read plenty of posts but just need some specific help.
I'll be flying to Santiago around the end of August then have to fly home from Buenos Aries on the 15th of January.
I want to fit Machu Picchu in to my trip at some point and baring that I am going to just play to by ear. The salt plains sound good and so do the falls but time will tell if I get there.
Firstly I suppose what are your opinions on the different trails? Is it worth booking months in advance, paying extra money and planing months of traveling around a few days to do the "Inca Trail", with loads of people. Or are the other smaller cheaper trails a nicer experience.
You can peobably see which way I'm leaning but your thoughts are appreciated.
Secondly, if I decided to book the "Inca Trail" what travel route can you recomend? I was thinking of traveling up Chile from Santiago to Peru, down through Machu Picchu, to Bloivia, through the Argentinean wine regions in the west then travel east to Buenos Aries for Christmas time.
So that would leave me with a mid-end of October date for Machu Picchu?
Does that make sense?
Your help is much appreciated
Since I haven't done the Inca Trail I can't comment directly.
I would like to paraphrase one of the Mods here who once said some like "I couldn't believe how stupidly easy it was to arrange things as I went along" when speaking of travelling in Latina America.
South American countries generally teem with small scale local tourism operations-there's always a lot of locals travelling/visiting and all kinds of internationals as well.
As always the net is your friend, and wherever you stay there'll be all kinds of signs up/hard copy options to study-you'll have a blast!
I completely agree with the above reply. I think often it's a good idea not to plan too much too far ahead - I think it gives you less flexibility whilst here. By all means book a couple of important things, which will give you a rough timeframe, but I think you'll find it easy to 'fill in the gaps' once you're here.
I will be planing most things as I go but I know that to do the Inca trail in October it would have to be booked in advance. I have heard it can be done when you get there but it would cost more and it's expensive already.
I suppose I'll keep thinking about it.