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1. Posted by NorwegianP (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Hi all!

I will be going to SA with my gf starting in January. We have been looking at the following itinerary:

Starting in La Paz, Bolivia we would love to see Salar de Uyuni before we head to Lake Titicaca and border crossing into Peru. "Death Road" is also something we concider.
*** How long time will we approx. spend on a loop from La Paz to the salt flats and back again? Do we need to sleep over for example in Potosí? Also, do we to acclimatize for the alltitude on the way back?

From Lake Titicaca we are thinking Cusco and Machu Picchu, maybe the Salkantay Trek.
*** How is doing these treks in the rain season? Will it ruin the experience?

After that we have heard great things about Arequipa and Canon del Colca, so we want to make a stop here before going to Lima. We plan on spending maybe a day or two in Lima before flying to Bogotá, Colombia.
*** Is there better ways to get into Colombia, or in other words; what are we missing out on by flying?

We do not have many plans for Bogotá, but want to travel trough Medellin on our way to Cartagena to see some of the new architechture (The Orquideorama, Parque Biblioteca España, the Sports Facilities, etc.)
*** Any must-do activities in Bogotá?

In Cartagena we want to catch our breath again and chill out for some time before go to Panama through the San Blas islands and end up in Panama City.
*** Any recommendations on things to do in Panama before we fly out?

Also, if you have some other c&c on the itinerary itself we would be very grateful!
Thanks in advance :)

2. Posted by NorwegianP (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Ah, yes, one more question I can think of:
What is the consensus preferred way of travel between places and cities in South America? Esp. the border crossing from Bolivia to Peru?
I'm familiar with both booking train tickets in advance, taking overnight buses and renting minibus with private driver, all with some success from earlier trips to India and Vietnam, but is there something preferred in the listed contries?

Thanks :)