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6 weeks South America itnerary help!

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1. Posted by kamillagisla (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hi all!

We are a couple planning a rtw trip this fall and are planning on spending 6-7 weeks in South America. This is our itinerary so far:

Rio 3 nights

Fly to Iguazu spend 1 night each side

Bus to Salta- 2 nights

Bus to San pedro de atacama 1-2 nights (not very keen on doing tours there, live in similar surroundings)

Tour of the salt flats- 3 nights (1 night in Uyuni itself)

Bus to Sucre- 2 nights

Bus to La paz- 1 night

Amazon pampas tour - 3 nights

Back to La paz- 1 night

Bus to Copacabana- 1 night

Over to Puno- 1 night

Bus to Cuzco- 7 nights (total in the area)

Fly to Lima- 1 night

Bus to Huacachina or Ica - 2 nights

Back to Lima- 1 night

Fly to the Galapagos for around a week

A few days to spare here and there...

So my questions are: Is this too rushed (I know everyone will say that its better to stay longer but we just dont have the time so I guess our question is rather is this doable?)

Should we skip Sucre and go straight to La paz or is it worth taking the detour?

Will it be very difficult to travel around with very limited Spanish?

Any comments are highly appreciated!
Thanks!!

2. Posted by kamillagisla (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Also is 1800 dollars per month/per person enough budget excluding flights and bigger tours (like the salt flats, amazon, MP)?

3. Posted by femby (Budding Member 29 posts) 1y

The budget is OK because Bolivia will cost considerably less and Brazil will possibly cost more per day. It should even out.

Is that Fall northern hemisphere?

I don't know that I would include Huacachina. It is fine if you have time to spare but you have very short stays in some places.

If you are not doing anything in San Pedro de Atacama it isn't worth going. Better go from Salta north and into Bolivia from there. The tours from Tupiza are better anyway.

Most native English speakers who travel in SA have very limited Spanish. Having said that, the more vocabulary you have the more you get out of the trip.