One and a half month for: Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brasil. Possible or not?
Hi, i'm from Belguim and me and a friend are planning a one and a half month trip to south america this summer. Our plan is to land in Lima, to go see the Macchu Picchu, Titicaca, La Paz, Salar de Uyuni, Salta, Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Iguazu falls, and go up to sao paulo. That is the program explained in a rough way, because we are aware of the fact we'll probably do a lot of inexpected (little) things that wa hadn't planned. The question is, is it possible according to you? We think it is but we don't want to rush and miss things...
Thanks in advance for your ideas and advices!
Thom and Colja.
Possible, it might be a bit tight in places but Argentina and Brazil have (had) good long distance coach lines.
I've done most of this, including down south in chile, and uruguay, paraguay as well - but not macchu picchu - this can take time to get to and see - the rest is all possible in the 6 weeks - assuming you leave from sao paolo or fly lima sao poalo to make an open jaw ticket.
I'm going to travel to Bolivia on september with Boliva Expedition (travel agency). I'd like to know, before I sending money, if anyone knows this company or travelled with their.
ok, because I forgot to mention we're doing everything by bus/coach...
Thom and Colja
I'm brazilian and I suggested 2 or 3 day in Iguazu Falls because there are a lot of things to do there. I have to go to Macuco Safari since its a fantastic tour by boat until and below some of falls. From Iguazu Falls to Sao Paulo you need about 3 hous by plane. Sao Paulo is a very big city , there are a lot of things to do and you have to reserve 4 days or more there.
I stayed in Machu Pichu 5 years ago e I loved there. You have to reserve 1 completely day for Machu Pichu. You go there from Cuzco, a nice city where a you can know in a half day.
I'm going to Boivia in september and I go to La Paz, Titicaca, Potosi, Sucre and Salar de Uyuni
Forgot to say for the trip you're planning I'd use the South American Handbook by footprint books - definately the best on Latin America (south of the darien gap anyhow)
thanks to all of you! don't hesitate to give us more feedback and/or info!
It is doable, but (in my opinion) only if you make most of the plans before hand and keep to the strict time table (almost like in an organized tour).
The distances are BIG.
I would skip Cordoba in Argentina as you are tight on time and definitly add Rio in Brazil instead. If you like to relax a bit on a beach, consider adding a Brazilian beach on the way from Iguazu to Sao Paulo (there are plenty to choose from). In Brazil con sider using flights rather than busses - the cost is almost equal and it would save you time. You should check before hand, I have heard there is a possibility to buy a Brazilian Vusa - multiple flight tickets in a discounted price, it might be ideal for you (for example fly from Iguazu to Porto Seguro for a few days on the beach in Ariel or Trancoso, then fly from there to Rio and from Rio to Sao - 3 flights in Brazil).
I also strongly reccomend you try to add a jungle / pampas experience while you are in South America - this could be either in Peru (Iquitos or even from Cusco) or in Bolivia (Rurrenabaque) or in Brazil (Manaus).
Have a great trip!
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I'd echo what was said above about Cordoba if you are tight on time and I'd also try and include Rio if you can - it's only around 6 hours from Sao Paulo by bus and it is an amazing city.
Are you planning on finishing your Salar de Uyuni trip at the Chilean border and crossing into San Pedro de Atacama? We did this, with a view to then going to Salta. However, we ended up stuck there for three days as there are only a few buses to Salta and they fill up quick. I'm not sure why this is but we did wonder if it's the Chilean tourist board trying to keep people in Chile!!
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Whatever you do, you'll have a fantastic time. Amazing countries and brilliant people!