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1. Posted by DaveJones (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I'm planning on flying to Lima in the beginning of August, backpacking through the continent and hopefully departing from Buenos Aires 30 days later, before I return to school. Most of my interests in travelling to South America lie within Peru (Nazca, Cusco.....), but I plan on seeing Chile and Argentina while in such proximity to them. Friends recommended SA to travel to, because it can be a cheap place to visit.
Can anyone recommend a route to take in 30 days that would be a cost-effective way of travelling.

Any advice would be appreciated,

Davey Jones

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5642 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dave,

It's not too much time, but isn't too rushed either.

A suggestion:

  • Lima - 1 day
  • Nazca, on to Cuzco and Inca Trail/Machu Picchu - 1 week
  • To Puno/Lake Titica - 2 days
  • Via La Paz to Uyuni. Tour the salflats and southwestern corner, ending in San Pedro, Chile - 5 days
  • Few days San Pedro and surroundings, bus it over the Andes to Salta in northwestern Argentina - 3 days
  • Spend some time exploring this region - 5 days
  • Take a bus/flight to BA and spend some days there - 3 days.

Total 26 days, saves you a few days which you can spend whatever way you like. Maybe a side trip to Potosi/Sucre in Bolivia.

Bolivia is much cheaper than Chile, so I would suggest you spend more time over there.


By the way, maybe this topic can be moved to Central/South America forum by a mod

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Sep-2009, at 03:18 by Utrecht ]

3. Posted by DaveJones (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Michael,

I hope you can provide a bit more advice. Would a trip to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon be ideal, on the way to Puno, or is time better spent after that point at the salt flats? Also, is the Isla de Sol on Lake Titica worth visiting for a few days? I understand these questions all have subjective answers, but any advice would be appreciated.
Lastly, can you recommend where I can start looking for hostels; I am new to backpacking, but there's firsts for everything.

Dave Jones

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5642 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

You're welcome Dave

If you want to add Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, that would be no problem at all. It is just a little detour, but no real back tracking involved there. It's best to do Nazca - Cuzco and MP - Arequipa and CC - Puno. Not first Puno, otherwise it would be backtracking.

Isla del Sol I haven't visited, sorry.

Regarding hostels: the best guide still for me is the Lonely Planet guide, with lots of good cheap places in all the places you want to visit. There really is no need to reserve hostels beforehand, trust me on this;)

With a plane ticket and a good guide, you will be fine in this part of the world. If you like you can try and contact a place in Lima for the first night or two.
If you don't have a LP guide now, maybe check there website and go to the destinations link: lots of info about places to stay over there as well.

Good luck and have fun, it's a great trip you are going to make!