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!