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Peru-Chile-Argentina-Bolivia..Help!

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1. Posted by vanjan (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Hi everyone. I'm flying into Lima, Peru in early May and hope to make my way through Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia (in that order) with plans of ending back in Peru. I plan to travel for 3 months and I have a budget of about $1000/month. Given my time and money limitations, does anyone know a good way to do this? How easy is it to move from country to country? How expensive? The one I'm most concerned with is the trip from Argentina to Bolivia. Can anyone give me any advice on this that's done a similar trip? I'm open to other suggestions as well and wouldn't mind changing my plan if there's a better way to do it. I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!

2. Posted by anitak (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi Vanjan
I´m from Buenos Aires, Maybe you have your own reasons to do your trip in that order(Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia ), but I think it´s better to do firs the north, and the the south or first the sowth and the the north.Because if u come to argentina, and then want to go to Bolivia, you have to travell many kilometres "again".Peru and Bolivia are very closed, and are smaller than argentina.Also they are closed to Argentinian´s north, but if u want to come to BA or to la Patagonia, it´s a very long way.
Well, I hope to be helpuful
Saludos desde Baires!!!

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

There are a number of threads recently covering costs of travelling in these countries. Take a look back through them. Here's one in particular that I responded to: Costs in South America.

Your budget (US$ 33 a day) is doable, depending on how much time you spend in each country. Does that include transportation? Chile is more expensive than the other countries listed, so if your budget is really tight you might want to drop some time off Chile and spend more time in the other countries.

As Anitak said, the trip from Argentina to Bolivia is quite a distance. If you are going overland, then it will take a while. You will probably want to split it up into pieces. Personally, I flew from Buenos Aires to La Paz back in 2003. The price of the ticket was $US 150 back then. Prices obviously can change. Not to mention that the change in altitude did not do well by me.

Depending on how much of Chile and Argentina you are planning to see (i.e. do you want to see Patagonia), 3 months might be a little tight to cover all this land mass overland without flying.

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I honestly dont think that your budget will be a problem. The cheapest part of your trip will be Peru and Bolivia. I agree that it wont make sense to go to Buenos Aires and then to Bolivia, you will be retracking your steps.

I will go to Lima, take a flight to Cuzco (although you can do all of this by bus) from there try to see Macchu Piccu (it will be worth your entire trip to South America), from there you can take a bus to Puno and visit Lake Titicaca (very high altitude but you will be slowly getting acclimated to the altitude by taking this route) and from there take a bus to Boliva. La Paz has a very high altitude but by the time you get there you will be fully acclimated.

From there I will take a bus to Argentina and then from there head out to Chile. I think from Argentina to Chile it will be tough to take a bus because you have to cross the Andes, it may be long and I dont think the scenary is very pretty. You would have seen enough mountains and Andes by the time you get to this part of the trip and after awhile (just like the churches in Europe) they all look the same!

Chile is quite expensive, if anything I believe is the most expensive country in South America (highest cost of living) and it is my understanding that the prettiest parts of Chile are in the South of Chile (Tierra del Fuego)...there is a lake in Chile in the south part also (I cant remember the name right now) where there is an entire city under water (this happened after an earthquake hit that city). If you mention it to anyone in Chile, they will know exactly where it is.

For lodging, check out accomodations here in this website, they have good areas, good prices, perfect for your budget. If you need more help with Peru, let me know.