Honeymoon in South America - 5 weeks
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 2:38 PM Last Post By: chris1953
Dec 4, 2012 7:12 PM
Honeymoon in South America - 5 weeksHi everyone
Its been very hard for me to come up with an itinerary for our 5 weeks honeymoon. Can I please get your opinion regarding its feasibility, best way to get from one place to another and whether I have dedicated enough time for the below? We are a young couple, don't really have a budget but maybe no more than $5000 (including internal flights) and love sight seeing, culture, bit of hiking and food and wine. No jungles for me as I don't like furry animals :)
The proposed itinerary looks like the below. Please feel free to make comments. Many thanks!!
Day 1 Leave Melbourne for Lima. Transfer to Cusco
Day 2 Cuzco
Day 3 Spend the day visiting Colonial Cusco.
Day 4 Sacred Valley: Pisac
Day 5 Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo
Day 6 Machu Picchu
Day 7 Back to Cusco. Fly to La Paz
Day 8 Day in La Paz
Day 9 Day trip to Lake Titicaca by taxi LaTorre Tour
Day 10 La Paz to Sucre by bus LaTorre Tour
Day 11 Sucre LaTorre Tour
Day 12 Sucre to Salt Flats by 4WD LaTorre Tour
Day 13 Salt Flats LaTorre Tour
Day 14 Salt Flats LaTorre Tour
Day 15 Salt Flats to Tupiza LaTorre Tour
Day 16 Tupiza LaTorre Tour
Day 17 Tupiza LaTorre Tour
Day 18 Tupiza LaTorre Tour
Day 19 Cross the border to Argentina by bus. Get to Salta by bus
Day 20 Day Trip in Salta
Day 21 Day Trip in Salta
Day 22 Fly from Salta to Buenos Aires
Day 23 Buenos Aires
Day 24 Buenos Aires
Day 25 Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
Day 26 Iguazu Falls
Day 27 Iguazu Falls
Day 28 Leave Iguazu Falls to Sao Paulo
Day 29 Lollalapooza - Cannot change Booked
Day 30 Lollalapooza - Cannot change Booked
Day 31 Day in Sao Paulo. Leave on Bus to go to Buzios overnight
Day 32 Arrive in Buzios. Check in at Pasoda Booked
Day 33 Buzios Booked
Day 34 Buzios Booked
Day 35 Check out at Buzios. Bus to Rio
Day 36 Day in Rio
Day 37 Day in Rio. Night flight back to Melbourne
Day 38 Arrive in Melb
Dec 4, 2012 9:28 PM
1Is your budget $5,000 each and not including the return flight to Melbourne? If so, it sounds manageable if you carefully shop around.
5 weeks should be enough time to see all of the above. I spent 6 weeks last Feb/March and saw more (eg. Galapagos/Easter Is) but it was rushed.
It may be too late given your bookings at Lollalapooza & Buzios but my trip was in reverse order (ie. south to north)with Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, La Paz, and Atacama towards the end for 2 reasons: acclimatising to altitude is more gradual and the highlight (IMO) of Machu Picchu is saved until near the end.
Dec 5, 2012 6:55 AM
2agree it is feasible although I would say you need a whole day in pisac and a whole day in Ollantaytambo - you can do a sacred valley tour in one day taking them both in and more - i wouldnt adjust the scedule though because that can give you an extra day to acclimitise a bit because you might feel a bit dodgy arriving after along haul flight and going striaght to altitudes above 3000m. Plus it is always good to have some flexability in there because in S.A there are always delays and problems - flight delays for weather, transport cancelation due to protests and road blocks etc.
One advantage of booking several tours with the one operator though , like you seem to be planning in Bolivia, is that they should be able to help accomodate rearranging things easier should there be any protests.
Dec 5, 2012 7:58 AM
3a pretty rushed, specifically for a honeymoon but a nice itinary.
I would not do daytrips in Salta. The ebst things are quite far away and it is much better to stay overnight in the small towns. You will also gain some time when taking the bus from La Quiaca to Salta, simple get out at Tilcara or Purmamarca and stay overnight there and explore the amazing surroundings and enjoy the atmosphere. Tilcara is a bit cheaper and Purmamarca has more sophisticated accomodation. In the afternoon you can continue to Salta and then do a daytrip to Cafayate and Cachi
Dec 5, 2012 1:07 PM
4Thanks guys, I will take the above on board! Last night we had another look at our itinerary and are thinking of changing the tupiza journey to atacama desert instead. Can you guide me as to the best way to get across to the desert and back to salta and also a good tour? I have seen a few but no idea how they costs. Star gazing in the middle at the desert seems fascinating. Will march be too wet for hiking and touring in bolivia/ salt flats? Oh and I haven't thought too much about protests. Should I be worried? I heard of people getting their bags slashed and that's a worry at the moment but I guess we can be cautious by can't dwell too much on things like that. Also, is buenos aires worth a stop or should I split the time for atacama and salta region? Can you tell me if we can fly direct from salta to iguazzu falls??
Have a great day and thanks beforehand for my many questions!!!
Dec 5, 2012 1:37 PM
Dec 5, 2012 5:27 PM
6Thanks beerfree. I'll mention that to hubby.
Do you think we should drop Sucre and Tupiza for Atacama Desert?
Dec 6, 2012 9:01 AM
7I only suggest you leave a bit more time for Lake Titicaca, getting there and back in one day could be a bit much! Congratulations on your wedding and enjoy your travels!
Dec 6, 2012 12:39 PM
8tough questions. Difficult to advice you. Fr example skipping the Tupiza tour seems quite right IMO.
If you want to include San pedro de Atacama, arrange the salt flat tour to get dropped in San Pedro and reserve the bus from san pedro to salta in advance as it is often booked some days ahead and there are only buses 3 days a week. Take the bus till Purmamarca and stay overnight there before continuing to Salta. Sucre is a pleasant place but for me it is too much travelling in a short time. How are you going to fly Cusco - La Paz, direct or via Lima? Another suggestion is for the beginning of your trip. You will arrive at Cusco a bit tired and you have to deal with the altitude. Go imediately from Cusco to the Sacred valley and start your trip there as it is a bit lower and explore Cusco on your last day
Dec 6, 2012 2:38 PM
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