Planning a trip June/July 10, will it being the winter affect (or effect, whatever) my plans?
So I know no one ever posts itinerary questions in these forums ;-) but I was hoping you guys could help me if you've visited or lived in the great SA. Also it'll be winter, so I was wondering if I should change some of my spots due to the weather (I'm from the desert in the US, so very cold weather and I aren't friends anymore):
Lima - Cuzco
Cuzco - Puno/Copacabana
Puno/Copacabana - Southern Peru (where should I stay?)
Southern Peru - Northern Chile (where should I stay?)
Northern Chile - Santiago
Santiago - Mendoza
Mendoza - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Uruguay (suggestions?)
Uruguay - Buenos Aires and then fly home :-(
So I'm worried about how Machu Piccu, Lake Titicaca, and the bus ride from Santiago to Mendoza will be in the winter. Also, I'm more of a fan of small towns than big cities, so any suggestions along the way will be much appreciated.
Lima will be damp and grey but it is the best time for the high Andes as it is dry season. So Cusco, Puno, Copacabana will be fine. Northern Chile is always dry in the Atacama desert. Santiago will be in the middle of winter but the ski slopes are only about an hour away. If you are thinking of the bus from Santiago to Mendoza, it closes due to bad weather and can remain closed for a day or a few days. The worst month is July.If you want to do the trip, build some flexibility into your schedule. The rest is all wintery but BA, like most large cities, can be enjoyed at any time of year.
Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Titicaca are going to be cold, but dry and clear. Humberstone and Sta Laura near Iquique in northern Chile are interesting. Colonia de Sacremento in Uruguay is a good day trip from Buenos Aires. Arequipa in southern Peru is good, particularly Santa Catalina. If you like hiking Canon del Colca near Cabanaconde in southern Peru is good, there is also a pretty cool religious festival in July (I think) .
Thank you guys so much for the help. I'm very excited and also very much in search for some thicker clothing