We are hoping to travel (obviously on a budget) around South America for about 2 months (Jan-March). It’s got quite hard to plan as there’s so much to see but not knowing what transport is like… are we being too ambitious?
Here’s our plan so far:
Cuzco to do the Inca Trail.
Puno – Lake Titicaca
Buenos Aires (via San Pedro?)
We’re also thinking about across to Chile, then going back up to Lima from Santiago.
Any thoughts and/or feedback would be much appreciated.
As far as I am understanding, you haven't booked any flights yet?
I would do a loop from Lima, going to southern Peru, into Bolivia, northwest and west of Argentina, over to Valparaiso/Vina del Mar and than indeed north to San Pedro and other places in northern Chile. Cross into Peru again for Arequipa and Colca Canyon and end in Lima.
BA and Iguazu Falls are only doable if you decide to fly out of BA or Rio.
In that case, follow about the same route first, but from Uyuni go into Chile to San Pedro and spend some time there before taking the twice weekly bus to Salta across the Andes.
From there, make your way to BA/Iguazu Falls. If flying out of Rio, you can visit the Pantanal on your way as well, recommended! Doable in 2 months, although more time is to prefer of course
Thanks for your advice. Our flights are in and out of Lima.
I'm disappointed you don't think we'll be able to visit the Iguazu Falls, as it's something I'd really like to see.
I am guessing it's still possible timewise, but you should consider whether or not you want to spend quite some time/money to fly or bus it all the way to the Iguazu Falls.
Of course, you could consider doing Peru/Bolivia (including salt tour) and than to Santa Cruz, the death train to the border with Brazil, visit pantanal and than south to the falls.
From there, you can do a trip in stages to Salta, into northern Chile and back to Lima. It's not impossible, just means some more travelling and less time in a few places.