Hi! As part of my round the world trip I intend to spend 2 months in South America, I have made a plan but I'm sure I'll have enough time, could you let me know if it's feasible. Thanks!
Ecuador 2 weeks: Quito > Banos > Guayaquil to go to the Galapagos > Cuenca > on to Peru via Loja
My main places of interest are the Galapagos for a about a week, and Quinto and Banos for a couple of nights. I'm leaving the post Galapagos part of the journey open as I don't know what say I'll be arriving and leaving Guayaquil so I may have 5 days to get to Peru or I may have 2 days. Of course suggestions for the interim are welcome!
Peru 2 weeks: Trujilio > Lima > Nazca > Arequipa > Cuzco & MP > Puno/Lake Taticaca on to Bolivia
My main places of interest here are all in the South: Nazca lines, Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu and the lake. I'm trying to keep costs down by bussing so from Ecuador, Trujilio and Lima are a necessity but I'll probably spend a night in each if I have to. Of course then I'm not sure if I'll have enough time to trek to MP AND trek in Colca Canyon as I hear it's 4-5 days for each. Does anyone have approx bus times from Lima??
Bolivia 2.5 weeks: La Paz > Flight to Rurrenabaque > Sucre > Uyuni & Salt flats > Tupiza and on to Argentina
Here I want to go perhaps via Copacobana to La Paz where I want to fly up to Rurrenabaque and do the Pampas tour but I'm not sure if I should trade this extra week for a week in Iquitos Peru and tour the amazon... any suggestions??? I also want to tour the salt flats which I hear takes about 4 or 5 days and then over to Tupiza for a couple of nights and on to Salta.
Argentina 1 week: Salta > Mendoza and on to Chile
From here I'm basically trying to get to Santiago to fly off of the mainland so I've only left a week for this part of the journey, Is that enough time and is there anything new I can gander at along the way (time allowing?), I've heard La Rioja is along the route but I'm not much of a winey so I don't think I'll be that interested. Again, suggestions are welcome.
From Mendoza I'm hoping to get a bus over to Santiago with a day or 2 to wait for my plane to Easter Island.
The main questions are
1)Do you think I've allowed enough time for each country considering what I want to do and if not HELP!
2) Rurre or Iquitos? They probably don't compare but I have no clue. Prices??
3)Should I just cut out BOTH Rurre and Iquitos and spend more time doing Nazca > Arequipa > Cuzco > Lake Taticaca > La Paz > Uyuni??? I do like animals but I'd have had a week in the galapagos by then so maybe it's overkill.
4) Could I see more of Argentina without going too far of the route?
With my current plan I have a month to get from Chile to Indonesia stopping off at Easter Island and probably Tahiti although I'd much prefer Fiji but I don' think it's possible. I doubt I'll need 2 weeks on each island so I can pull time from there.