South America ALONE, yikes!

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1. Posted by OlhosDeGat (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi fellow travelers-

I want to travel from Santiago/ Valparaiso,Chile up to Bolivia and then Peru via bus in a month. Can it be done? Please throw any comments, experiences or wisdom my way* Thanks.


2. Posted by ivan76 (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm pretty sure it can be done. And I recommend going to Potosi (highest city in world), Sucre, La Paz and the Lake Titicaca (spend a night on Isla del Sol). Bolivia is an amazing country and is very cheap. The 8-10 hour bus ride from Arica, Chile to La Paz is visually stunning.
Good luck with your trip.

3. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Don´t forget to visit in Perú: Cuzco, Machu Pichu, Paracas (Nazca), Máncora, Iquitos (Amazonas), among others.
Go to Cerro Azul (the beaches in South of Lima).
Suerte amigo.

4. Posted by WonderlandT (Budding Member 40 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi how safe to travel alone on bus crossing border in South America.


5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Bus travel in Chile is reliable and comfortable. To get from Santiago up to the border with Bolivia is about 24 hrs. Bus travel in Bolivia is a little more hassle but there are regular connections from Uyuni to Potosi and on to La Paz. From La pAz it takes about 5 hrs or so to the border with Peru. Buses in Peru are quite good and usually run regularly. Puno to Cuzco is an overnight trip (about 10hrs).

You can definitely get up to Peru from Chile in a month. You wont have as much time as you probably want to do all the things inbetween, but it is doable! :)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

From Valparaiso to Peru, through Bolivia, in about a month is no problem. A nice way of entering Bolivia would be the multi-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, to Uyuni, Bolivia. From there, Potosi is about 7 hours and then you can follow the route already mentioned above.
Border crossing is simple but just keep the usual safety aspects in mind. And also don't take taxis, buses etc that are offered to you. instead, buy a ticket yourself.