THrough Brazil - Rio, San Paulo, Iguzu. 7 - 10days, travel between R to SP is around 3 hour bus. SP to Iguzu is 6hr. so i thought its realistic.
Then Argentina - Benous Aries then eventually to Mendoza. I've given this stage 3 weeks
Mendoza to Sangtigo - 7hrs then through Chile up to Peru.
Santigo to the top of Chile is only a 30 hour bus, so i figured 14days in chile is ok.
Then through Peru.
We then fly to CUba, then we fly to Mexico. Then we eventually go to New York.
I reckon i can easily do Rio to Lima in 2 months, I've seen past posts stating different, but all past travellers and they said its possoble, by both travelling at night.
I don't wanna stay in Brazil too long, i reckon we could do Brazil in week. What are your thoughts? Where in Argentina/Chile should i go?
Any help would be much appreciated, as atm its all based on estimates.
Just so you know, Rio to Sao Paulo is about 6/7 hours on a bus, and Sao Paulo to Iguacu is about 14 hours. Then a further 14/17 hour bus ride to Buenos Aires from there.
Also, if you take the bus from Santiago de Chile to the Peruvian border, it will drop you in Arica (the border town) near the bus station. Get a colectivo taxi from Arica to Tacna (the Peruvian border town) to take you over the border. From Tacna you can get a bus to Arequipa which is about 10 hours, from there you can get buses to Lima, Nazca, Cusco etc.
I'd recommend Mendoza for sure. Go in the summer and do the wine bike ride (you get a pushbike and a map and you can go to all the vineyards and try all the wine they make). There's also skiing nearby in the Andes, or paragliding, mountain trekking and much more.
Hope that helps.
A few places I would not miss in SA.
Cordoba and surrounding area - Argentina's 2nd city. Heavy student population. Great vibe. La Cumbre for outdoor persuits and nearby is the Che Museum (the house he stayed in as a boy).
Bariloche (Argentina) - completely stunning
Pucon (Chile) - see above.
Both brilliant for outdoor activities in every season.
Torres del Paine (Patagonia) - best trekking I have ever done.
Rurrenabaque (Bolivia) - fabulous wildlife and a great (cheap) experience.
Salt Flats (Bolivia) - stunning. Do the 4 day 4WD jeep trip from Tupiza.
La Paz - crazy city, great hostels, cycle worlds most dangerous road.