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santiago , bolivia, peru mid july

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1. Posted by wekakiwi (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi guys, i have 2 month and will be arriving around 20th July and fly out Lima around 2 months later. First time in South America, and wondered is that managable in 2 months ? of course, want to do some treks here and there. Or shall I skip North Chile and fly Santiago to La Paz saving time ? sounds like i need help here... ciao, frank, -snip-

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

Hi Frank,

You should be able to cover a lot in 2 months. It depends on how much you{re trying to fit in I suppose.

You can travel from Santiago to La Serena in about 8hrs, and then from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama in about 18 or so. An overnight bus trip is a good option. Its worth spending a few days in San Pedro - there are quite a lot of interesting tours you can do there.

From there, its an hr bus journey to the border of Bolivia. The hot spots in Bolivia for me were Uyuni, Potosi, La Paz and Copacobana. Uyuni to Potosi will take the best part of a day{s bus journey, Potosi to La Paz the same, and La Paz to Copacobana is a few hours on the bus. If you follow this route, this will bring you to the border of Peru (Lake Titcaca).

Travelling between major towns and cities in Peru is pretty easy as long as you book your seat on the buses in advance. Cruz del Sur and OrmeƱo are the main bus companies.

If you need any help, feel free to ask.


3. Posted by wekakiwi (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi evelyn, thanx for that. one more question. Couldn;'t i discover San Pedro de Atacama by travelling there from La Paz. How long would it take me to get there ? This would save me doing the 16h bus trip from Santiago should i get a ticket from Santiago de chile to La Paz.

what u think ?

great to hear from you

regards from new zealand