Travelling round SA, starting in Peru (how long?)

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1. Posted by Raggyfish (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi my boyfriend and I are planning our trip to SA starting in Peru, is 2 months enough to see everything? what is the best route? Start in Lima then go south to Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa (learn Spanish), Colca Canyon, Cuzco, Machu Pichu and then Andes and Peruvian Amazon.

our whole trip to SA is planned for 6 months minimum. We were thinking 2 months in Peru and then head to Argentina(2 months) and then back up to Chile? Has anyone got ideas of a better route?

Any advice or experience is much appreciated :)

2. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

you'd be nigh on insane to miss out Bolivia.

Depends where you want to go in Argentina and Chile too. You seem to have Peru well sussed. I spent 6 months in SA but only one of them in Peru and found that to be enough.

Rurrenabaque in Bolivian jungle is worth a visit. Can stay on a river lodge, lots of good swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranah, lots of wildlife, hunting anaconda etc.

You might want to go to Titicacca which borders Bolivia and Peru. Ilha del Sol there is interesting as is Copacabana (Bolivian side) and Puno (Peruvian side).

The Salt Flats tour which leaves from Tupiza in Bolivia is great fun.

Learning Spanish in Areqipa is a good idea as it is very clear there. The accent is good. I personally preferred Cusco as a town. Better accom and restaurants if you are staying for a while. Each to their own though.

3. Posted by Raggyfish (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi thanks for the advice:) we are definitely planning Bolivia, Equador, Uruguay and Paraguay. Just not sure about Brazil at the moment.

Already looking into booking a two week Spanish course in Arequipa, also want to alot of walking so this looks like a better option.

What is best way to travel, heard buses are not too safe? any suggestions of good bus companies to use?

4. Posted by TrekSA (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi I am travelling for 3 month starting 27 March 2011 in Buenos Aires , going South to Patagonia and ending in Brazil anyone keen to join keep in touch ...