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PERU, BOLIVIA, CHILE - trip to South-America

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1. Posted by rajesh2472 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 9 Sep '13 23:03

Hello All,

Me and my wife planning an trip to South-America, iterinary as follows:

Day 1: Arrive in Lima, Peru
Day 2 - 3: Travel to Cusco. Sightseeing of old Incan Empire
Day 4: Trip to Incas Sacred Valley
Day 5: Trip to Machu-Picchu
Day 6 - 7: Return Cusco. Journey to Puno for Lake Titicaca
Day 8: Cross border into Bolivia. Travel to La Paz
Day 9: Travel to Uyuni
Day 10 - 11: Travel to Salt Lakes
Day 12: Cross border from Bolivia to Chile
Day 13 - 14: San Pedro de Atacama & Tatio-Geysers
Day 15 - 16: Travel to Santiago-Chile for onward Journey

Traveler's are Couple (Husband 40 yrs. + Wife 35 yrs.), so all Accommodation/Food/Transport/Sightseeing will be SHARED.

I have also browsed website of several leading Organized (but also called BUDGET) Travel companies, every one seems to be charging anywhere from US$ 4,000 to US$ 6,000 per person for the whole-trip.

Budget: US$ 1,600 per person (total US$ 3,200 for Couple). About US$ 100 person per day average including Accommodation/Food/Transport/Sightseeing. Can this trip be done in above budget ?

Please suggest/help/advise, thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4392 posts) 9 Sep '13 23:41

Budget-wise that sounds quite doable when travelling independently, though a lot of money will go to transport, which means you won't be able to be picky about accommodation. Time- and altitude-wise I'd reconsider, though. You're going straight from sea level to 3300 meters at Cuzco, which means you'll run a serious risk of altitude sickness, and should expect not to do anything for the first two full days in Cuzco (consider going to Cuzco via Arequipa at 2300 meters to acclimatize first (spending 2-3 days there)). You'll also be sitting in busses (or worse, flying?) way more than actually seeing things. I'd never voluntarily take a trip like this. Stick to just one country, and actually see some things. You have no leeway at all in your schedule for when things go wrong (not at all uncommon in these countries), no time to recover if you get tired and cranky, no time to sit back and get to *know* a place.