Great boards, always reading to get ideas and details to help with my trip. So here is my question, I am going to south America for a few months (i leave in a week) and right now our route is up in the air. We have some basics, but the details are lacking. We fly into Lima, which brings us to question #1: We want to go up to huaraz and so some hiking, give the santa cruz trek a try. But weather (rain/clouds) wise, would it be smarter to delay this part of the trip until the end of our trip, which would be late march/early April when we return to lima for our return home flight?
Question#2 We will be making our way south from Lima into Chile. We will be going to calama, tocopilla,san pedro de atamaca (family history reasons). BUT from this point would the scenery, things to do/see be better if we crossed into Argentina here, and explored that northern interior (salta) of Argentina, making our way south until we cross back into Chile at Santiago and then stay in Chile down to puerto montt, then cross the Andes to head down to TDF. OR is it better to stay on the Chile coast all the way down until puerto montt and cross the Andes there? I realize there is no easy answer, it should all be seen, but like everyone we have time and money to think about. But we love mountains, and hiking, but also beaches and getting a tan, walking on the ocean... so I would really appreciate any and all help. Other than "just do it all" i would would love to hear all suggestions.