5 Weeks - Lima to Rio?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2013 4:20 AM Last Post By: ntrn89
Dec 21, 2012 8:35 PM
5 Weeks - Lima to Rio?Hey, just joined the site, apologies if people get tired of answering this all the time.
I'm thinking of flying to Lima first few days of Jan (in about 2 weeks) and want to make my way to Brazil in time for Carnival (Feb 9th in Rio), stopping off at various attractions on the way. For what I've planned so far, my itinerary looks like it's too long, but I'm not sure. Any advice appreciated.
- Lima (stay 4-5 days)
- Cuzco/Machu Pichu (2 days Cuzco, 4 days Inca Trail)
- Puno (Lake Titicaca, Uros Islands) (not sure how long, a few days?)
- La Paz (2-3 days)
- Rurrenebaque (Short amazon tour)
- Back to La Paz
- Take buses south to Cordoba, stopping at Salta on the way (was thinking about the smaller cities too)
- Head East to Buenos Aires (stay for 4-5 days)
- Fly to Iguazu Falls (1 day)
- Fly to Rio
Overall, that would cover 3 countries in the time given: Peru, Bolivia, Argentina. Once I'm in Brazil I'd have no particular schedule to keep.
I've worked out that I'd technically be able to do this if there were no delays, etc. but I would prefer to have the option to spend more time in places I enjoy. The bus down from La Paz ending up in BA could be replaced by a flight for part of the way. Was tempted before to visit Chile (Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama), but people say Argentina is a much more worthwhile place to visit if you have limited time.
Of course, if I don't care about making it to Brazil in time for Carnival, then there's no worry at all about time. What are people's thoughts on this? Is Carnival worth having to keep my trip to a schedule, or would I be better off missing it and strolling through at my own pace?
Cheers for the help in advance
Dec 21, 2012 9:29 PM
1There are 2 thing in your itinerary that you should be aware of.
Firstly if you haven't booked the Inca Trail by now then it is highly likely it is booked out.
Secondly, Same for Carnival, if you haven't booked accommodation all the cheap options and most the the expensive ones will be booked as well.
I itnerary is doable. I would have less days in Lima as it is not a great city, and it will give you more time in other places more worthwile.
Dec 22, 2012 1:49 AM
Dec 22, 2012 2:33 AM
3Ok, it's just that when I looked online last night, a lot of tour operators still had spaces available for the 4 day Inca Trail in early Jan. In fact, Inc Trail Reservations still has 140 spaces for Jan 8th, which is about the right date if I'm only spending 2/3 days in Lima now. Do you think their data is up to date? I was putting off booking until I had found more info.
Aug 1, 2013 4:20 AM
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