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8 Weeks In South America - Where to go?

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1. Posted by kts83 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi there,

My partner and I are planning on travelling in South America for 8 weeks in November - December this year. Everything I read keeps telling me not to fit too much into our schedule, so I just wanted to get some tips on what to see/do whilst we are there. We will be travelling by bus for our entire journey.

Our basic plan is: Arrive in BA, bus to Iguazu Falls for a night, then onto Salta, followed by Uyuni to see the salt flats, on to La Paz, up to the Amazon, back down to Lake Titicaca (is it worth going to Copacabana?), then to Cuzco for a week to do Machu Picchu, then on to Arequipa to do Colca Canyon and finishing in Lima.

Does this look like a reasonable itinerary? Is it too much or could we fit in say, part of Chile? I would appreciate anyone who can help me out.

Thank you in advance.


2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

There is dramatic coastline in Chile. Santiago is not worth the effort., but the trip through the mountains to Santiago induces tears....I would say the Atacama is worthwhile.

Go to Uruguay...I love Uruguay. The people are great. A very underrated place, in my opinion.



3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 6y

I would recommend spending at least 2 days at Iguacu Falls as this will give you the chance to see it from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides, which offer very different perspectives. Tours to the Brazilian side from Puerto Iguacu are easy to arrange or you can do it independently by public bus.

4. Posted by kts83 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thanks for your help guys, I really appreciate it. I hadn't even considered Uruguay so will definitely look into going there.

5. Posted by Chrissi13 (Inactive 2 posts) 6y

I think Peru is the nicest country in South America.
There you can see sooo many nice ruins of the Incas, Have a great nature around to do many activities and you have a great nightlife. Especially in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco.
In my opinion Cusco was the greatest of all those cities and from Cusco you can do a lot of daytrips...
I loved Peru!!!

6. Posted by DonPeru (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

If you are going to Cusco, don't only visit Machu Picchu. You also must see the city of Cusco itself and the nearby ruines (especially Sacsayhuaman). And don't forget the sacred valley, Maras, Moray, Tipon, Raqchi...too much to see!

7. Posted by kts83 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hmm maybe we should spend a lot more time in Peru then! I was thinking around 2 weeks, but I think I might up that to 3 - 3 1/2 weeks. Thanks guys!