Argentina - to Lima best form of transport
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 30, 2013 4:46 AM Last Post By: devino
Jul 28, 2013 4:45 AM
I'm flying into Buenos Aires on the 6th September and am looking to end up in Lima on the 6 of October.
The aim is to stop at the main/best sights along the way (time permitting) so Iguazu Falls, Salt Plains, La Paz, Lake Titi etc. Then into Peru (have yet to look at the things to do in south Peru).
However, I'm wondering what is the cheapest/best way to do this. Argentina looks like it has a good bus system, things drop of slightly in Bolivia and Peru? I'd like to avoid paying for things like the Bamba Bus. What are the options?
If anyone knows has done this before or has general recommendations that would all be much appreciated.
Jul 28, 2013 6:13 AM
1Ok. The how can i do/is this a good idea/recommendations to go from point a to point b. In this case BsAs to Lima....in one month....
First up, I don't think you have enough time to do this.
Cheapest way is bus, however if you want to get ALL of that into your trip you are going to have to catch a flight here and there. And buses in Argentina aren't cheap (neither are flights but the flights aren't crazy 18-20+ hour missions). Argentina has great buses (but you get what you pay for) and Peru also has some good bus companies. Bolivia...I can't say (I've never been) but lets say its probably not up to scratch.
For a month, and that amount of kilometres to be travelled, you need to be prepared and planned. Theres no winging it and hoping for the best (you will get to Lake Titicaca and go "Oh shit I fly back home tomorrow). Get an itinerary sorted - day to day. And include travel times.
As much as Iguazu is great - your probably best to skip it and go straight to North-West Argentina....
Jul 28, 2013 7:57 AM
2Would agree that iguazu should be skipped. Take a flight/bus to salta, then up to Uyuni, la Paz, pass briefly through lake titicaca, and then spend the rest of the time in Peru. I presume you'd spend some time in BA in that one month? If you want to do all this then you're going to have to rush around a bit and put in some long bus journeys. Or, spend a lot of money on airfares.
Jul 28, 2013 6:40 PM
3Good advice from the above posters; BA to Lima is a monster trip. Especially if you're on your own and want to see the sights along the way, you'd need to take some shortcuts by air or skipping some great places.
And you definitely don't need to take the Bamba bus, which as you say is expensive. EVERY country in SA has great bus service, and even smaller places with only periodic buses make up for it with frequent combis. It's rare to find yourself in a bus station anywhere in SA and having to wait more than 1/2 hour for a bus or combi to your next place.
Jul 28, 2013 6:43 PM
4It's rare to find yourself in a bus station anywhere in SA and having to wait more than 1/2 hour for a bus or combi to your next place
I would always book a seat the day before - or go check out the bus schedule. Most hostels will have a bus schedule on how to get to the next 'town'. Even ask at reception for how to get somewhere.
This is going to have to have to be well timed, with a few flights chucked in.
Jul 29, 2013 12:41 AM
5I rarely booked buses ahead except in Bolivia, as unlike what Mstep suggested there might be 10 companies offering the same route, but they all left around the same time. Having said that, I would recommend Trent84's approach of booking the day before, makes sense and minimises the chances of missing out due to being booked out. Travel in this region can be very slow and you need to cut Iguazu of your itinerary, not merely a suggestion but a necessity. From BA you need to take an overnight bus to Salta in within 7 days of arriving in Argentina depart to Bolivia. Basically just see the Salar de Uyuni, La Paz and Lake Titicaca in Bolivia before crossing to Peru (prob better to see Lake Titicaca Peru side) and then to Cusco fro MP and the sacred Valley. You can get cheap flights from Cusco to Lima to save travel time. Even with these stops your time might run out.
Jul 29, 2013 1:59 AM
6A small side note - don't always book ahead. If the bus ride is 1-4 hours (shortish) then I wouldn't bother booking a day ahead. As generally there won't be a long wait for one.
I would perhaps skip the bus to Salta - grab a flight if its feasible (that is in the near vicinity of a bus ticket). But with Arg flights - they aren't cheap.
Jul 30, 2013 4:46 AM
7Agree with others - skip Iguazu and go straight to Salta from BA.
No need to book buses in advance, but it is worth checking departure times. Buses are very good in Argentina and Peru, and good in Bolivia.
No need to spend much time in La Paz, except to cycle the Death Road if that's your thing.
You say you haven't looked into things to do in South Peru yet; there is this ancient city called Machu Picchu that you might have heard about....
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