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1. Posted by Khandilee (Respected Member 99 posts) 5y

I really want the where's why's who's and how's!! Give it to me straight and honest. Your not going to hurt my feelings.

Two female >40 travelers. Experienced with backpacking. Prefer private hostel rooms, budget hotels. Looking for culture, hiking (go easy on us oldies), unique experiences, local interactions.

I am in the beginning stages of planning and this is what I have so far:

Trip dates: February 11, 2011 to March 24, 2011

Feb 11: Flight into Santiago

Feb 12-14: Santiago to Mendoza
- wine

Feb 15: Flight/Bus to Bolivia (unsure where and how)

Feb 15-23: Bolivia
- Salt Flats
- LaPAz
- Lake Titicaca
- Floating Village
- Death Road Bike
- Cochabamba
- Mines
- Hot Springs
- Train Cemetery
- traditional markets
- Isla del Sol

Feb 28: Arrive Cusco

March 1-4: Machu Pichu Trek

March 5-6: Recoup in Cusco

March 8-11: Manu National Park

March 12-17: Iquitos
- Amazon Trek/tour

MArch 18- 22: Guayaquil: Galapagos

March 23: To Quito

March 24: Flight out of SA

My flight out of SA is non-negotiable on time frame due to attending a wedding in Mexico.

Budget: $100 usd/day

Is this a reasonable budget? This amount will include the cost of lodging, food, transit, tours, etc. Basically everything except flight to/from.
I know that we are packing a lot into a very short amount of time. I am open to any/all suggestions.

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 5y

To be honest, and not because you asked to told harshly, your opening plan makes no sense. Why the hell are you flying to Santiago, only to hop a bus the next day to go to Mendoza and then hoof it north? Is your only intention bragging rights and stamps in your passport? Because, while Mendoza is perfectly lovely, it is nothing worth rushing too or even visiting, as it is totally out of your way. If you want wine, you are IN CHILE! There is nothing but wine there, between Santiago and the coastal town of Valparaiso. Then I would travel up through Chile to Bolivia. You get to see the great Atacama desert at the North end of Chile.

3. Posted by Khandilee (Respected Member 99 posts) 5y are totally correct!!

We just figured this out in the last couple of hours. My friend that is traveling with me had found Mendoza and decided that she wanted to go there....after some looking and thinking about it, we decided that this was not a good plan!!

So....skipping Mendoza.....

any other advice?

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 5y

Well, what part of that schedule is a hard date? Taking a bus from Mendoza, or Santiago is possible...But it's a LOONNNG way and will eat up some time.....So if Bolivia is your goal, and Peru, it's best to fly up there. This leads me to ask...How much do you two like wine, anyway? The rest of your schedule, I think is all right. That first bit, you may want to think about...And I think your daily budget it good too.

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