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1. Posted by SamuelOtis (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

Me and a friend are preparing our first backpacking travel ever and we have started designing our itinerary. Do you guys have any input on then trip we have described? (See our travel map) Place we MUST go, or place we should avoid. How much time to get the best oout of certain destinations?

Also, we were thinking about a travel budget of 4000-5000$, planes ticket excluded. What do you guys think, is it realist?

Thanks all!

2. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Personally 37 stops over 9 international borders in 105 days would be my definition of holiday hell... but that's just me. Maintaining a travel schedule with an average of less than 3 days per stop maintained over 105 days is unfathomable to me.

That said, I'm a slow traveller.

Good luck and have fun.


3. Posted by snurchin (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I would agree, you don't leave yourselves any room for f@%k ups, which do happen a lot in South America! (I just spent 5 months there)

4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Don't adhere to any strict schedule and don't try to do too much. Time goes quickly. Take it as it comes and if there are problems, they will sort themselves out before you continue.

I think most of what is worth seeing in South America is in Peru (I see you have Lima in your itinerary. Some miss it out, which is stupid), but why are you doubling back on yourself? Fly in one country and out another. I would do Peru first.

Undoubtedly one of your biggest costs will be travel and while air is expensive, land travel can be very difficult and time consuming with a number of bus connections on what looked to be a simple journey.

I would advise getting some Lonely Planet guides. They will soon pay for themselves in saving money and information.

As CheersT says, holiday hell. You might quickly find it like you are on a forced march rather than a holiday as you keep pushing yourself to see everything on your schedule.

BTW. One of the biggest dangers in South America is pick pockets so do be careful of your money, passports, etc. Make a photocopy of the information page of your passport in case worse comes to worse.

5. Posted by getlinkz (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

you are welcome
good luck and enjoy.


6. Posted by SamuelOtis (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Just saw your mails guys.
Thanks for the feedback.
It really helps to have an outside view of the trip.
We'll do less stops and more time on destinations. It's a better idea after thinking.

7. Posted by SamuelOtis (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

That is, going back to Lima was moslty because flights from LIMA were the less expensives when i looked for estimates on google flights. Cuzco costs more than double as well as la paz.

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9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 939 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I agree with the other comments. You should concentrate on Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Those three countries don't require Canadians to have a visa. Argentina also doesn't require a visa, but it assesses a "reciprocity fee" to enter the country, payable online, to citizens of Canada, the U.S. and Australia. It's $160 for U.S. citizens; and $92 for Canadians. Plus, you would miss out if you only visited the Argentina side of Iguacu Falls. You get a better panorama of the falls from the Brazilian side. Brazil requires a visa. Visas are not available at the border. I like your itinerary, but would suggest flying into Lima; and winding up in Santiago, Chile, for your flight home. You could go from Lima to Arequipa, then take surface transportation to Cusco (Machu Picchu, etc.). You could then continue by bus to Puno (Lake Titicaca), cross over into Bolivia, also by bus, at Copacabana on to La Paz. You could do a "Death Road" bike ride, return to La Paz, then do the Salar de Uyuni trip, exiting into Chile's Atacama desert. From there you can take a bus, or fly, to Santiago. Sky Airlines is cheaper than LAN. Sky also flies from Bolivia to Chile. I've flown Sky before; and can recommend it. The Salar de Uyuni trips from Bolivia to Chile are cheaper than the other way around. Also, if you have time, I recommend a trip to Bolivia's Amazon basin. That would be a good substitute for the time you would have spent in Uruguay and Argentina. Another good substitute would be a trip to Peru's remote Manu National Park. In Cusco, you can inquire with the dozen or so companies that are licensed to enter Manu's "reserved zone." You'll find that airfares in South America are quite expensive for the distances involved. Fares are particularly high if you have to cross borders. But the internal flights in some countries, such as Brazil, are affordable. Peru and Ecuador have higher fares for foreigners than they do for citizens and residents. One more thing. If you're traveling in Bolivia, make sure you leave enough time for unexpected events and delays, such as strikes and demonstrations. There was a nationwide transportation strike one time I was there, with demonstrations that included road blockades with bonfires and dynamite. But it's a country that I would return again and again. Hope this helps.

10. Posted by allenz2123 (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

You should add Valpariaso in Chile and Rio de Janiero, considering you Canadians need a proper visa to go to Brazil you should make the most of it