Arequipa or the Salar de Uyuni? North or South?

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1. Posted by WillStone (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

After going from Cusco to Puno, (or round abouts) and possibly into La Paz, im wondering wether to go south further into Bolivia (Potosi, and the Salar de Uyuni which sound amazing) before heading up into Chile and back into Peru at Tacna, or wether to go stright from La Paz to Arica, into Peru and North to Arequipa...and the Colca canyon etc. (also sounds pretty incredible!). I dont have long to travel, and may not be able to do anything of the sort (10 - 12 days).I have to be back in Lima by about day 13 - 14 to fly out.

Does anyone have any tips or ideas that might steer me in a certain direction? Or let me know how managagable a trip like that would be in the time limit? Im open to suggestions :)

Thanks alot,


2. Posted by Adrock (Budding Member 55 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have been to both places and they are both cool. Arequipa is good if you like moutain climbing and Colca Canyon is nice too. But I did prefer Boliva and the Salar de Uyni and Potosi. The mines there are crazy and a must see. Boliva is way cheap as well so I would recomend going there, but its up to you.

3. Posted by gallegos (Full Member 72 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I agree, Arequipa is a very nice city, great place to chill and relax, with nice restaurants and good bars and clubs. There are many things to do outside of Arequipa as mountain climbing (you can climb the Misti volcanoe in 2 days); or hike to the bottom of the Colca canyon (1,000 mts - 3,300 ft deep) and then climb up.

On the other side, Uyuni and Potosi in Bolivia are amazing and unique places. Also, it is cheaper to travel in Bolivia, but also less safe (crime and social convulsion).

The other problem is that going to Uyuni and Potosi, you are going on the opposite direction to Lima. The Uyuni tour takes between 4 and 7 days depending how far into the Salar you want to get, so bear in mind that you might have to fly back to Lima to make it on time.

Have a safe trip,

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